​Martin Pirnat, MD

A member of the Coalition since 1999, Dr. Martin Pirnat has served as President and Vice President as well as on the CCIC Board of Directors. Dr. Pirnat is a native of Colorado Springs and he graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and subsequently from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the San Bernardino County Medical Center in San Bernardino California in 1977 and has been boarded by the American Board of Family Medicine since that time. Dr. Pirnat has retired after being in practice in Durango, Colorado for the past 40 years, practicing the full scope of Family Medicine including obstetrics, as well as teaching medical students. 

The loss of a young adult cousin to polio in 1956 has provided a personal interest in vaccine preventable diseases.He has held multiple medical staff offices including President of the medical staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center (twice) and served nine years on the Mercy Board of Directors. A former (retired) member of the clinical faculty of the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, he wasa full clinical professor. He was awarded the “Walking Stick” award from the medical school in 2003, and in 2006 was named “Colorado Family Physician of the Year” by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Pirnat and his wife, Charlotte, make their home in Durango and are the parents of one son, and the grandparents of a granddaughter in Cleveland, Ohio (who is up to date on her immunizations). Free time is spent in interests in model railroading, Colorado railroad and postal history, and computer interests.

Favorite Movie/Book: Anything Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leslie Charteris

Personal Hero: Tullius Halley, MD

Hometown Fun Fact: There are extensive coal mines under North Colorado Springs.

Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado: Photography and trains

Why Vaccinate: I was touched by a teen cousin who died from polio in the 1956 epidemic.