I graduated from the University of Liverpool in the UK in 1979. After postgraduate training in general medicine and public health I trained in dermatology in Glasgow and Southampton. In 1992 I was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Lecturer in Southampton, a top UK teaching hospital, and went on to become head of department and head of dermatology education at the University of Southampton.
In 2005, under my leadership, the department won the prestigious UK Hospital Doctor Award as Dermatology Team of the Year.
In 2007, despite a successful career in public and private practice I felt the need for adventure! I emigrated to New Zealand with my wife Carolyn and our two daughters, to take a consultant post at Christchurch Hospital. After we lost our house in the 2011 earthquake we relocated to Mapua and established a private practice in Nelson and Richmond, although I continued to commute to Christchurch for public work for a further five years and remained head of department.
In 2016 I decided to call time on my public hospital career after 37 years but carried on working in private practice. We have loved living and working in the Nelson region, however, our daughters and their husbands live in Christchurch and we now have a grandson so we have been drawn back! I am very grateful to KM Surgical for offering me the chance to work at Avenue Health. I am also once more doing some work for Christchurch Hospital.
I have over 30 years experience in general dermatology with particular expertise in diagnosis of melanoma and other skin cancers, paediatric dermatology, inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and vulval disorders.
I have been the lead clinician in melanoma diagnosis clinics in Christchurch and in Southampton. Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment has remained a particular focus for me. I have published several papers on the subject and lectured to both public and professionals for the University of Otago, the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand and the Cancer Society. For my own continuing education I attended the American Dermoscopy Meeting in 2015 and the World Congress of Melanoma in Brisbane in 2017.
I have retained an interest in skin disease in children, having run a subregional service for a population of about 1 million people in the UK, seeing about 600 children a year. In the UK I also ran a multidisciplinary vulval disease clinic for several years.
I have authored more than 50 publications in medical journals; I have a postgraduate doctorate in medicine; and I have given numerous lectures to health professionals and the public.
My interests outside of work include cycling, golf, skiing, food, wine and, of course, my family!
Dr Martin Keefe works Tuesday & Thursdays mornings at KM Surgical and offers tele-dermatology on Wednesday evenings.