Dr. Martin Trotter, head, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Jul 6, 2016 | Meet and Greet

Job title

Department Head


Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Describe your job in one sentence: 

Without question, the most stimulating and satisfying leadership position I have ever been in.

What’s your favourite thing about your work? 

“Walking around” the laboratory in the morning – everyone in the lab is highly dedicated and passionate about their work; very inspiring.

How long have you worked at PHC?  

I started at St. Paul’s Hospital as a medical student in 1984 and an intern in 1985. Then a 30-year hiatus, and back again in April 2015!

What does patient and family centred care mean to you? 

I love Jan Gunnarsson's concept of "Hostmanship": the art of making people feel welcome. The family and patient as our guest in the hospital and clinic.  

Why Providence? 

PHC has a vision statement I believe in.

If you weren't the Department Head for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, what would you be?  

Early retirement sounds appealing!                                     

If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be? 

Lord of the Rings (ideally without Sauron, Saruman, and Orcs, if possible).

If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?

Hike, climb, ski – 300 days a year, at least, both hemispheres.

What do you "know now" that you wish you "knew then?" 

Shares in Apple would rise to over $100USD.

Who or what inspires you? 

Silence in the mountains or desert.

What is one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?


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