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Next Generation: Dr. Anthony Martinez, director of ECMC's hepatology clinic

From fledgling biotech startups to massive hospital systems, the health-care industry is deeply woven into the community's economy. The industry employs tens of thousands of physicians, nonprofit workers, life-sciences entrepreneurs, health-insurance administrators and the like. Dozens, if not hundreds, of them are driving innovations in health care delivery. There are too many to list, but this group offers a diverse cross section of local emerging leaders. Here is one; click here to see the rest.

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The University at Buffalo recruited Dr. Anthony Martinez seven years ago to boost its department of medicine.

The Providence native, 42, grew up in a working class environment and wasn't an academic star. He went to medical school in Mexico and later accepted a fellowship in addiction medicine in Manhattan, where he also trained in hepatology.

Martinez was drawn to patients who have limited access to care – work that eventually led him to Buffalo, where he loves the energy.

He directs Erie County Medical Center's hepatology clinic, which treats liver disease and has tripled in capacity under his leadership.

He specializes in discovering innovative treatments and his clinic serves underrepresented groups, intravenous drug users and patients with HIV coinfection or psychological disorders.

To treat the disease and the addiction at the same time, the clinic reaches out to programs such as substance abuse clinics where patients already receive care.

The state health commissioner honored this work in 2018.

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