Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

Internal Medicine
100 Cummings Center Suite 106-Q
Beverly, MA 01915 Get Directions
Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

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Annual Membership Fee

575.00 every 3 months
1,150.00 every 6 months
2,300.00 each year

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

I believe that the practice of medicine includes a true partnership between doctor and patient - a partnership based on mutual trust and respect that is earned, not given. 

As your private primary care physician, I will partner with you so we can work together as a team to create a personalized healthcare plan not only to effectively manage and better treat your current health problems, but also to actively focus on disease prevention and wellness in order to help you achieve your health goals. 

Having over 20 years of experience, with the last 8 practicing in the local North Shore of Boston community, I have relationships with many specialists. I also have special interests in diversity in healthcare, women’s health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, hypertension, mental health, and preventive care in addition to all aspects of internal medicine. 

In my MDVIP-affiliated practice, by offering a personalized healthcare approach, you will be treated as if you are a member of my family in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Similar to concierge medicine practices, I also offer conveniences like same- or next-day appointments that start on time. You will benefit from the full extent of my expertise, compassion and dedication, as well as from the individualized attention of my professional and caring staff. My primary care MDVIP-affiliated practice is located at the Cummings Center in Beverly, Massachusetts. 

I am affiliated with North Shore Medical Center-Salem Hospital, which is part of the North Shore Health Systems, and Mass General Brigham (formerly known as Partners Healthcare). I also speak Portuguese and Spanish.

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Dr. Santos-Martins' Credentials

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Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
Internal Medicine/Primary Care 1998-2000

Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
Internal Medicine/Primary Care 1997-1998

Medical School:
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ-NJMS (now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School)
Newark, NJ
Doctorate of Medicine 1997

Rutgers University
Newark, NJ
Bachelor of Arts, Biology/Pre-Medicine 1993

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Basic Life Support
North Shore Medical Center - Salem Hospital
Mass General Brigham  
English, Portuguese and Spanish
Cambridge Health Alliance
 - Physician Excellence Award by Blue Cross/Blue Shield 2004-2009
 - Provider of the Year Award, Multilingual Department 2007
Harvard Macy Scholar '09, Program for Educators in Health Professions, Harvard Medical School 2009
Nesson Excellence Award (co-recipient), Awarded to Cambridge Health Alliance for Improvement of care of patients wih depression, Partners Community Health, Inc. (PCHI) 2009
MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award, 40th Anniversary Gala, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Cambridge, MA 2010
UMDNJ Board of Concerned Citizens, Student Excellence Award 1996 
Mu Alpha Theta, National Math Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa, National Academic Honor Society
Rutgers Scholar 
Co-Founder and Chair, Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund 2015-present
Advisory Board, Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, UMASS-Lowell 2015-present
Harvard Medical School
 - Instructor of Medicine 2000-2010
 - Preceptor, First and Second Year Medical Students 2000-2010
Preceptor of Internal Medicine Residents, Cambridge Health Alliance 2000-2003
Co-author “Caring for the Older Portuguese-American Patient” chapter, Doorway Thoughts book, Volume II, American Geriatrics Society, May 2006
American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
American Medical Women's Association
Portuguese-American Women's Association
Massachusetts Medical Society
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
Speaker, Workshops on Diabetes, Chronic Diseases, Cervical and Breast Cancers, Menopause and Nutrition at Health Fairs sponsored by Massachusetts Aliance of Portuguese Speakers 1999-present
Speaker, Luso-American Annual Congresses of Portuguese Language and Culture, Massachusetts  2002- 2015
COVID-19 Talk Series (12 weekly programs April-June), WJFD 97.3 FM (Portuguese Radio Station -New Bedford/New England) 2020
COVID-19 Series of Articles, Portuguese Times (weekly Portuguese Newspaper, New Bedford, MA) 2020
Portuguese Around the World (Portuguese pelo Mundo), 10th season premier, RTP (Portuguese National TV) and RTPi (Portuguese National TV - International Channel) July 2020

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Testimonials from patients of Dr. Santos-Martins

from Ximena in MA April 4, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

Since Dr. Santos has been taking care of my health care, my life has changed drastically. She is kind, sweet, warm, professional, on task, and overall an excellent practitioner. Totally satisfied not only with my personal health, b\ut also with my husband and mother. Staff are courteous and on top of things..
Highly recommend her to family and friends.

from Elizabeth in MA March 16, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD
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I had an appointment with Dr. Santos-Martins (can't remember if it was a yearly exam or whether i had a symptom) and just before I left to go, I received terrible news. It wasn't to do with my health, thank goodness, but it was emotionally and financially devastating.. When I think my life is falling apart, I always go into fight-flight mode. (Certain bad political events in past years have… See more

from Colin in MA March 12, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

sometimes the most important thing your doctor can do is be available to listen to concerns even when, at the end of the day, there is nothing wrong. I feel like my MDVIP doctor, Helena Santos-Martins, has gone well above the call of duty in ensuring that my family knows that if they are worried about why they aren't feeling right, she will be available to listen and advise. She has… See more

from Pamela in MA March 11, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

Dr. Helena Santos-Martins goes "over and beyond" with her dedication to her patients. I can say this because she has shown this dedication numerous times in the less than 2 years that she has been my PCP. This was my first experience with MD VIP medicine; I was relying on what I had heard from one of her patients regarding her relationship with those she serves as PCP. My story is… See more

from Judith in MA March 11, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

Dr. Santos Martins has always been there for me even if I call at night. She returns all calls. She is empathic and caring. I don’t think, I know that her first priority is the welfare of her patients. I’m glad she is my doctor.

from Andrea in MA March 11, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

Nine months into the onset of Covid an elderly confused gentleman with Covid,preop for surgery of a broken hip ,sneezed into my face. With no face shield or goggles on or glasses close to my face I acquired Covid within the next four days. I thought it’s the flu, five or six days and I’ll be back to work. Knowing the emergency room was overrun I did not go to the hospital although I was very… See more

from Kathryn in MA March 6, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

When my MDVIP affiliated physician retired 3 years ago I needed to make a decision about what to do. I had been seeing her for more than 30 years. I was told that Dr. Santos would be taking over, that she came highly recommended and that perhaps I should give her a try. I did decide to go with Dr. Santos and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I had no way of knowing at the time… See more

from Dorothy in MA February 12, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD
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Dr. Santos Martins has been a wonder since I met her when her office was out of the old Lynn Hospital. She was the most caring doctor I've ever known. When I learned she got her own practice I went above and beyond to find out how she could remain my doctor and that's when I joined MDVIP. She even provided her personal cell phone number to me. She got me every specialist that I needed. When my… See more

from Gay in MA February 11, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

In the autumn of 2022, I had surgery at a mammoth teaching hospital in Boston. Dr. Helena Santos-Martins quarterbacked the entire process, pre-testing, the surgical referral, even arranging the necessary appointments. During my long hospital stay, she maintained the lines of communication directly with me so that I always felt supported. Shortly after the surgery, when discussing the upcoming… See more

from John in MA February 11, 2024 for Helena A. Santos-Martins, MD

During my routine yearly physical she noticed that my PSA *Prostrate Specific Antigen" jumped from below 1 to 3,28 since my last
physical. She did a digital exam and noticed some lesions on my prostrate and recommended I check with my uroligist which i did immediately. After a magntic resoncace imaging and a bisosopy I was told I had two lesions each about 2 cm long and that my… See more