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’s special interests include clinical research, early lung cancer detection, interventional bronchology, and interstitial lung disease.
Dr. Martinez’s 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.
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 locationâ€”halfway between his home country, Spain, and Californiaâ€”and its proximity to many destinations.
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.
Montearagon School Bachelor of Science
University of Zaragoza Doctor of Medicine
Mayaguez Medical Center Internal Medicine
University District Hospital Pulmonary Disease
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