Martin C. Cahn M.D.

Martin C. Cahn M.D.
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  • English


  • Family Medicine - Primary Care


Dr. Cahn is the director of the Northwest Primary Care Fremont Clinic. He is board certified in family medicine, and sees everyone from newborn babies to seniors.

Dr. Cahn has practiced medicine for more than 30 years here in Seattle. During much of that time, he has helped train students from the University of Washington, the University of Southern California, and medical schools in Germany. The need for primary care providers (PCP) in the future exceeds the supply. Dr. Cahn enjoys sharing the challenges and benefits that family medicine offers to those future doctors with the hope that many of these students will pursue a career in family medicine.

Dr. Cahn earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, both in Boston. He did his family practice residency in Buffalo, New York before coming to Seattle in 1982. He began his medical career working for Group Health, Highpoint Clinic and Providence. His entrepreneurial spirit set him on the path of being a solo physician for many years, first in Queen Anne and more recently in Fremont.
Dr. Cahn was featured in an article in the "Best Doctors in Seattle" issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

Patient Care Philosophy

I chose family medicine because it means taking care of families and looking at each patient as not only an individual but also as part of a larger group or community.

The word "doctor" originally meant teacher. I see my role as working with my patients to help them learn and take control of their health. In this partnership, I try to provide my patients with the information they need, to always explain their options clearly, and to support them in their health goals. Regular preventative care visits are a critical component of managing my patients’ health.

I believe that one of my strengths is my ability to listen to my patients and spend as much time as I need to understand what brings them in for each visit.

Clinical Interests

Applying new advances in technology to the practice of medicine. Dr. Cahn was one of the early primary care physicians using electronic medical records (EMR). Nearly ten years into this change in medical practice, he has seen the benefits that technology can offer to enhance outcomes.


Institution Credential Year
Tufts University School of Medicine Medical education
University at Buffalo Internship
University at Buffalo Residency

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Family Medicine Family Medicine 1982