Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Deantraces author Joseph B. Martin’s journey from Mennonite farm boy to the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership. A compelling narrative for non-specialists as well as academics and professionals, the memoir provides an intimate perspective on academic politics and health care in Canada and the United States, which Martin is perfectly poised to critique. “I can’t imagine there will ever be a time when there’s such enormous change and a groundswell in what is possible. It was a wonderful time to be part of that extraordinary saga,” says the author.

Joseph B. Martin

In his book, Martin shares insights on:

  • Challenges Facing Academic Institutions
  • Affirmative Action and the UC Regents
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Health Care Reform
  • Transparency Between Academia and Industry
  • Lessons Learned: Leading by Listening
  • IQ and Emotional Quotient (EQ)

This book is a must read for anyone interested in the radical evolution of medicine in the United States…

Dr. Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel Laureate
in Physiology or Medicine

Advanced Praise for Alfalfa to Ivy

“Joe Martin’s career confronted all the major issues of medicine and health care. He experienced the glories of research, the complexities of institutional relationships, the unsustainable healthcare system, and the strain of political pressures. His memoir is highly recommended for those who seek an inside view on what makes great medical institutions tick, and what it takes to make one truly successful.”

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