I studied Medicine at UCD and spent most of my time at Earlsfort Terrace as the Medical School was still based there even after many of the other Departments had already moved to Belfield. Although I enjoyed many of the preclinical subjects it was my initial clinical experience at St Vincent’s that sparked my interest in clinical medicine.
This interest was enhanced during my rotations through Holles Street and the pediatric hospitals. After graduating from UCD I spent a few years as a house officer in Dublin including a memorable six months in Wexford before moving to Canada for further training initially in Internal Medicine and then in Gastroenterology. I had developed an interest in liver disease by then and was a Medical Staff Fellow in the Liver Unit at the National institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
My subsequent career took me to Los Angeles and UCLA followed by Mount Sinai in New York and most recently to the University of Miami. My current role includes taking care of patients with the full spectrum of adult liver disease as well as involvement in liver transplant although I hasten to add not as a surgeon.
A Career That Began at UCD Medicine
I also teach medical students, resident and fellows as well as being involved in clinical research. I serve at present as the Gastroenterology Chair on the American Board of Internal Medicine and am a Councilor-at-Large on the Board of the American Society of Transplant.
A major interest of mine is the environment, I currently serve as a Trustee on the Florida Board of The Nature Conservancy. I am fortunate for the many academic opportunities that have come my way and feel the excellent teaching I got at UCD prepared me well for my medical career.
Dr Paul Martin (UCD Medicine 1978) is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medicine at the University of Miami Health Systems. In 2017 he was named Editor in Chief of the journal Liver Transplantation, a major publication in the field.