Sue E. Martin

Associate Professor of Pathology

Areas of treatment:

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology
Gynecologic and Non-Gynecologic Cytology
Application of Genetic, Epigenetic and Proteomic Markers To Cytologic Diagnosis
Procurement, Processing and Banking of Biospecimens


  • Pathology


  • Department of Pathology


  • English

Sue E. Martin, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Sue Ellen Martin, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Boarded in both Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology, she is a Fellow of the International Academy of Cytology and a member of the American Society of Cytopathology where she has served on numerous committees including Centers of Excellence, Scientific Program, and Ethics and Conduct. She also serves on the Research Committee of the Papanicolaou Society and on the Editorial Board of Cancer Cytopathology and Acta Cytologica. Dr. Martin served as Chief of Cytopathology and Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program at LAC+USC Healthcare Network from 1986 to 1994. She has served as the Director of the Division of Cytopathology, Department of Pathology, USC Keck School of Medicine since 1994. She is the Director of the Translational Pathology Core Facility of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Martin’s current research focuses on the application of genetic and epigenetic markers to the cytologic diagnosis and classification of malignancy with particular emphasis on DNA methylation profiling.


Hood College; Frederick, MD; B.A.(Chemistry) (Summa Cum Laude), 1970
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; A.M. (Biology), 1972
University College London; London, England; Ph.D. (Pathology), 1975
Georgetown University School of Medicine; Washington, DC; M.D., 1979


Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD; 1979 - 1980


Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD; 1980 - 1982


C.O.S.I.P. grant from the National Science for undergraduate research at the National Bureau of Standards
NIH Training Fellowship for graduate studies at Harvard University, 1971
Traveling Guidance Fellowship from Harvard University to attend University College London, 1972
Senior C.O.S.T.E.P., U.S. Public Health Service, 1978
Leadership Fellowship, Division of Medical Education, USC/Keck School of Medicine, 2003 - 2004


Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology

Professional society memberships:

Los Angeles Society of Pathologists, 1987 -present
California Society of Pathologists, 2002 - present
USC Salerni Collegium
American Society of Cytopathology, 1981 - present
International Academy of Pathology, 1985 - present
American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1986 - present
College of American Pathologists, 1987 - present
International Academy of Cytology, 1989 - present
Fellow, International Academy of Cytology, 1997 - present
Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, 2002 - present


Hood College Scholar, 1968 - 1970
Honorary Marshal, Hood College, 1967 - 1969
Convocation Honors, Hood College, 1966 - 1970
Mortar Board National Honor Society, 1969 - 1970
Elizabeth B. Bowers Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Chemistry, 1969
Honors Thesis in Chemistry, Hood College, 1970
The Derby Scholarship for Doctoral Research Studies, University of London, 1974
Edna and Earl Rose Distinguished Lecturer, Bay Area Tumor Institute, Oakland, CA, 1988
Outstanding Postgraduate Teaching Award, USC Department of Pathology, 1989
Fellow, International Academy of Cytology, 1997