Martin David Tilson III graduated from Rice University in 1963 with a degree in Philosophy conferred summa cum laude. He earned his M.D. at Yale University in 1967 and stayed at Yale to train in General and Vascular surgery. After military service (1972–1974), he joined the faculty at Yale and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 1983. In 1989, he was recruited by Columbia University to become the Director of the Department of Surgery at its affiliate, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, which had merged to become the largest hospital in the U.S. operating under one charter. His laboratory, devoted to the genetics and pathobiology of the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) moved with him. He was the recipient of three National Institutes of Health (NIH-RO1) grants and many honors. According to Google Scholar, his scientific papers have been quoted over 10,000 times, and he was either first or senior author on almost all.
In 2013 he retired to become the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor of Surgery Emeritus at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has continued to write scientific papers and give lectures to learned societies. Two new communications are presently in press (April 2022).
Last Updated February 17, 2022