In 1996, the annual Governor’s Safety & Health Conference safety award was renamed to the “Gary Hawk Safety Award” in honor of long-time OSH Advisory Council member Gary Hawk, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.
2019 Gary Hawk Safety Award Winner:
Douglas Martin, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM, FAADEP, CIME, CEDIR
Doug Martin, MD, is a native of Louisville, Nebraska. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Highest Distinction in 1987 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He then went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1991. Dr. Martin completed his family medicine residency in Davenport, Iowa. He was awarded the Mead-Johnson Award for Graduate Education in Family Medicine, given to the top twenty family medicine residents in the nation. Dr. Martin went on to complete a Mini-Residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
He serves as the Medical Director for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine in Sioux City. The majority of his practice is related to musculoskeletal medicine, which is directly secondary to the industry in the area; he often speaks of “meatpacking is my life” as he services one of the largest meatpacking facilities in the world in Dakota City, NE.
Dr. Martin has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (now known as the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators) and is a Past President. He is a Past President of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians and the IAFP Foundation. He was given the AADEP President’s Award for Volunteer Service four different years and Freeman Award as Outstanding Educator in 2005, and the organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was given the Janet M Wee Award by the IAFP for outstanding contributions to the organization. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA).
He has given over 400 CME presentations on various Occupational Medicine topics, with emphasis on upper extremity repetitive motion injuries, disability medicine and medical review officer functions. He is currently serving ACOEM as the Course Director of the Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment Techniques Course and the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Course. He serves ACOEM as the Chair of the MRO Section and is the past ACOEM House of Delegates Speaker and member of the Executive Committee. He has authored ACOEM’s official comments on the Federal Department of Transportation Revised Drug & Alcohol Testing Rules. In 2013, Dr. Martin was awarded the ACOEM Meritorious Service Award for his varied volunteer activities for the college.
On a state level, he is currently serving on the Task Force for Improving Preventive Health Care for Iowans with Disabilities and has previously served on task forces assigned by the industrial commissioner. On a local level, he serves voluntarily as the Superintendent of the Union County (SD) Board of Public Health and as the Medical Director for the Dakota Valley Emergency Services District.
He lives in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota with his wife Janet, and he has four children. He is a co-founder of the Tri State Youth Association (www.tristateyouthsd.org) and is both an Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver recipient, continuing to serve the Boy Scouts of America as Troop Committee Secretary. His assists his wife with a Haitian relief organization that she co-founded Time4Haiti (www.time4haiti.org). In his spare time, he follows the local high school and college sports teams, and is a substitute high school football official.