Dr Martin Keefe MB, ChB, DM, FRCP(Lond), FNZDS

After a long and successful career in the UK I felt the need for adventure! I emigrated to New Zealand in 2007 with my wife Carolyn and our two daughters, to take a position at Christchurch Hospital. Despite the trials and tribulations of the earthquake we are still here in NZ, and we have now moved back to Christchurch.

I am a graduate of the University of Liverpool in the UK and trained in dermatology in Glasgow and Southampton. I became Lead Consultant in Southampton, a top UK teaching hospital, and was Senior Lecturer and head of dermatology education at the University of Southampton.


Under my leadership the department won the prestigious UK Hospital Doctor Award as Dermatology Team of the Year in 2005.


Until October 2016 I was Consultant Dermatologist and Clinical Lead in the public service in Christchurch and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. With great regret I decided to call time on my public hospital career after 37 years and work solely in private practice in Nelson and Richmond. However, for family reasons (grandchildren!) we have moved back to Christchurch and closed the Nelson/Richmond practices.  I have 30 years experience in general dermatology with particular expertise in diagnosis of melanoma, paediatric dermatology, eczema, psoriasis, acne and vulval disorders.


I have been in charge of melanoma diagnosis clinics in Christchurch and in Southampton. 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. I also previously ran a multidisciplinary vulval disease clinic in Southampton for several years.


I have authored more than 50 publications in medical journals and I have given numerous lectures to health professionals and the public. In 2009 I gave an invited lecture to the public in Christchurch as part of the the University of Otago Health Lecture Series entitled Skin Cancer Uncovered: The Naked Truth. In 2013 I gave invited lectures on melanoma diagnosis in Christchurch and Nelson for the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand. Most recently, in November 2016, I gave an invited lecture to the Cancer Society in Nelson.


My interests outside of work include cycling, kayaking, skiing, food, wine and golf.