There were two other things that made him memorable, however.
One, of course, was his name, Dr. Ross Martin. I still think of the TV show "The Wild Wild West" and actor Ross Martin's character, Artemus Gordon, whenever Dr. Martin's name comes up.
The other memorable thing for me about meeting Ross that day was his sense of irony.
I can't recall his exact words, of course, but it was something to the effect of, "I can’t believe I went to medical school and yet here I am, waist-deep in the weeds of healthcare data standards development."
He wasn’t disparaging. He said he knew that it was important work. I gathered what Ross meant was the strange part of it all was finding himself as the one doing it.
But strangeness seems to follow Dr. Martin like the dust cloud over Pig-Pen's head. So although he now works a day job as a specialist leader for strategy and operations in federal health for Deloitte Consulting, in the wider healthcare industry, he's even better known as the producer of a series of pleasingly odd songs and music videos, mixing catchy tunes, goofy sight gags, quirky lyrics and—improbably—health information technology.
If there is a Weird Al Yankovic of healthcare geekdom, it would be Dr. Martin.
A case in point: He is the founder of the American College of Medical Informatimusicology. His IT oeuvre includes, "The Legend of Bob the DERF," "The Patient is Waiting" and "HITECH: An Interoperetta in Three Acts."
If you don't know his work already, you're in for a treat.
His latest offering is another music video, "The Meaningful Yoose Rap."
It's apparent that Martin still believes he’s doing important work promoting the use of health IT. Check out the video. Who can say he isn’t?