June 18, 2014

Dr. Orlando J. Martelo

May 31, 1936 - June 15, 2014

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Orlando J. Martelo, 78, a well-known Oncologist both locally in Plattsburgh and in the Glens Falls area, passed peacefully after a sudden illness on Sunday morning June 15, 2014, at CVPH Medical Center. He was born on May 31, 1936, in Cartagena Colombia and was the son of Carmen and Carlos (nee Cuevas) Martelo.

Dr. Martelo is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara Martelo (nee Kobielski), whom he had married in 1966; a daughter, Robyn and her husband Raymond DeCastro; two grandchildren, Ava and Alex DeCastro; a son, Neal Martelo and his wife Caroline Martelo (nee Wall). He has one daughter from a previous marriage, Adrianna Vallejo-Monsalve Martelo and her husband Hernando Vallejo-Monsalve and her three children Daniel Vallejo-Martelo, Mauricio Vallejo and Maria Vallejo; his brothers, Carlos Martelo and Jorge Martelo; and two sisters, Nora Lozano and Diana Martelo De Mendoza; and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Martelo, a highly accomplished physician in both academia and in private practice, completed his medical degree at Javeriana-Xavier University, Bogota Colombia. He completed both his internship and residency at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., followed by a chief residency position at the Veteran's Administration in Buffalo. He then completed a Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami, Miami, Fla., in 1969, followed by a post-doctoral Fellowship at University of Washington Department of Biochemistry in 1971. He served two years as a captain in the Army Medical Corp during the Vietnam War.

After serving in a variety of academic positions, including both as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Miami, he was named Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in 1976, and served as chairman of the Hematology/Oncology department. In 1988, he became the first medical director of the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh, and was instrumental in its early development. In 1993, he transitioned to private practice and was an attending physician at the C.R . Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, where he remained until his retirement in 2011. Recently, he had been employed as a part-time physician in Locum Tenens in various locations in the U.S.

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