Women in Healthcare: Dr. Lisa Martén




Dr. Lisa Martén is currently the medical director and owner of the South Texas Eye Institute, the first clinic in San Antonio to perform Lasik. Dr. Martén received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University, as well as attending their School of Public Health Tropical Medicine for her Master’s Degree in Nutrition. She also earned her Medical Degree from Tulane Medical School in 2001. During her studies, she won the AMA Foundation Leadership Award for her work as the president of the Latin American Medical Student Association. She also participated in research and received a grant from the American Heart Association. After completing her internship, Dr. Martén came to San Antonio for her Ophthalmology residency at the UT Health Sciences Center, where she is now an assistant clinical professor. She moved to Tennessee, where she attended the Wang Vision Institute for her fellowship. She has performed thousands of refractive procedures and cataracts. South Texas Eye Institute also partners with research organizations where Dr. Martén is an investigator for several clinical trials. Dr. Martén has been selected as a local Health Care Hero, was awarded the Women’s Leadership Award by the SA Business Journal, and her clinic was awarded the prestigious BBB Torch Award for Ethics. She is also proud to have been the official Eye Care Provider and Lasik Surgeon for the San Antonio Rampage AHL Hockey Team and served as one of the team’s on-call doctors at the games. 


Lisa Martén, M.D., earned a Physician CEO degree at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in 2018. She served as the 2020-21 president of the San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology and is a member of the San Antonio Eye Bank Board of Directors. 


Born in New Orleans, LA, and raised in San José, Costa Rica, Dr. Martén’s unique combination of cultures allows her to bring her patients quality care and the best service in their native language. Her patients value her dedication and the time she takes to explain eye conditions and their treatments. They also appreciate her donating her time for medical trips to Mexico and Costa Rica.



Lisa Martén, MD, MPH

South Texas Eye Institute

2424 Babcock Rd. Suite 101

San Antonio, TX 78229

210-692-1388 P

210-692-1629 F


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