I'm Jena Martin, a clever visionary and pathologist who specializes in the skin (dermatopathology).  I'm also a mom, a writer and a multifaceted person in a world that wants to compress us all. This blog is my chance to share some of my perspectives.

If you've never met a pathologist, I'm honored to be the first.  And if you don't know the first thing about pathology,  you're the person I'm writing for. I’m different from any doctor you’ve met - I don't give advice and I don't see patients. I bring my creative mind to bear on the diagnoses you face and so much more. I’m coming out from behind the microscope to share these insights with you - please join me!


Why should you read my blog?

  • To gain a deeper understanding of disease through my unconventional observations.

  •  Learn about how diagnoses are made under the microscope.

  • Understand the parallels between art, disease, creativity and science.

  • Read personal reflections from a pathologist's perspective. 


Pathologists have a lot of training.  I attended medical school at the University of California Irvine, and then did 6 years of training in pathology.  This training included 4 years of residency and 2 years of fellowships.  I have been in private practice for 10 years.  I am married with two daughters, whose lives I treasure to keep private.

Read my essay on Salon.com (www.salon.com/2020/01/18/live-laugh-love-loathe-in-search-of-honest-affirmations-for-skeptical-realists ) for a look at my irreverent take on modern health, disease and medicine.

Please read my disclaimer:

This is my personal blog for educational purposes only.  Yes I am a doctor, but I am not your doctor, and the material I present is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be seen as medical advice.  This is medical and biology information only and is not to be taken as medical advice.    You should consult with your doctor before taking any sort of action based on the information you learn.