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Dr. Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez, MD, FCCP



When Dr. Martinez was 18 years old, his father underwent open-heart surgery. Rafael was so impressed by meeting the surgeon who had successfully treated his father that he was inspired to become a physician himself. During his medical studies, Rafael was fascinated by internal medicine and its requirements for broad and in-depth knowledge. Today, he is a board-certified pulmonologist with more than 20 years of experience as a physician, and that passion for knowledge and advanced skills continue to grow.

Dr. Martinez attended medical school in Spain and completed his residency and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine in Puerto Rico. He learned about internal medicine and pulmonary medicine through an influential mentor, and over the years he broadened his experience to include medical research, pulmonary hypertension, interventional pulmonology, sleep medicine, critical care, and health care administration and management. Dr. Martinez’ special interests include clinical research, early lung cancer detection, interventional bronchology, and interstitial lung disease.

Dr. Martinez’ education sparked his compassionate desire to put himself in his patients’ shoes, understand their suffering, find the root cause of the problem, and treat both cause and symptoms. As soon as he finished his training in 2001, Dr. Martinez began practicing medicine in the Tampa Bay area. He speaks both English and Spanish, welcoming a diverse range of patients to his practice. In 2006, Dr. Martinez co-founded Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay with his colleague and friend Dr. Dragos Zanchi. The practice has grown to include multiple locations in Tampa and neighboring cities.

Through his practice at Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay, Dr. Martinez is affiliated with several hospitals in the greater Tampa Bay area, where he serves in various leadership positions.

Compassionate care and listening to my patients are tremendously important to the healing process.

Personal Interests

Dr. Martinez enjoys sailing, especially in competitions, and he loves cycling. His hobbies include outdoor activities and photography, and he loves living in Tampa because of the weather, the beaches, the water, the convenient location—halfway between his home country, Spain, and California—and its proximity to many destinations.


Education and Experience

Dr. Martinez completed his undergraduate and medical degrees in Spain before doing his residency and fellowship in Puerto Rico. He brings more than 15 years of state-of-the-art care experience to Pulmonary and Sleep Health and is renowned in his community for his compassionate care and kindhearted demeanor.

  • 1983

    Montearagon School

    Bachelor of Science

  • 1991
    Medical School

    University of Zaragoza

    Doctor of Medicine

  • 1999

    Mayaguez Medical Center

    Internal Medicine

  • 2001

    University District Hospital

    Pulmonary Disease

Certifications And Memberships

Pulmonary Diseases American Board of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Physicians

American Board of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology


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    Dr. Martinez was very caring and understanding.

    Verified Patient

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    Most important, [Dr. Martinez is] bilingual, which makes a huge difference to me and my family. I highly recommended him.

    Maria P.

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    I happened to see Dr. Martinez, and was very impressed. Not like the last office I went to… Looking forward to a long relationship.

    Timothy B.


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4308 N Habana Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
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