Toni Martin is a general internist and writer. She grew up in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and graduated from Harvard College (AB Geology) and the University of California at San Francisco Medical School. After a residency in Internal Medicine at the UCSF Hospitals, she entered private practice in Oakland, CA. A board certified internist with additional qualifications in Geriatrics, she has practiced in a variety of settings over the last thirty years, including Kaiser Oakland, where she was the physician chief of Health Education. Currently, she serves at the Social Security Administration as a medical consultant for Region 9 and practices at the Berkeley Primary Care Clinic. She has taught at UCSF as a clinical professor.
Her first book, How to Survive Medical School, was published after her residency. Her essays have appeared in East Bay newspapers, Hippocrates, Health Affairs, The Threepenny Review and ZYZZYVA. Her second book, When the Personal was Political:Five Women Doctors Look Back, was published in 2008. She and her husband, a gastroenterologist, were classmates at Harvard and UCSF. They have three children and live in Berkeley, CA.