Martin grew up in Kimberley and matriculated from Christian Brothers College. He obtained his MBChB from the University of Cape Town in 1993. He achieved distinction in the pre-clinical and clinical examinations and was awarded the degree with 1st Class Honours.
He won the University Gold Medal for Medicine as the most outstanding candidate in the final year examinations.He was also awarded the Barnard Fuller Prize for the best student passing with honours, the Stabler Prize for the student showing the most promise in Surgery, the Ebrahim Medal for Excellence in the Study of Haematology, the UCT Council Postgraduate Scholarship (Medicine) and the Manual and Luby Washkansky Scholarship. He received the JH Louw Prize for Paediatric Surgery and the Cuthbert Crighton Prize for Obstetrics.
His post-graduate general surgery training was completed at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. In his final year of general surgical training, he won the Ethicon Surgical Registrars Award for presentation of the best paper at the National Surgical Registrars Symposium.
He was admitted as a Fellow to the College of Surgeons of South Africa in 2003 and was awarded the Douglas Medal for being the most outstanding candidate in the country for the examination that year.
He spent 3 years training in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the St James Vascular Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He most recently successfully completed the examination for the Certificate in Vascular Surgery (SA) and is a registered Vascular Surgeon. Martin has been appointed as a senior honorary lecturer in the Department of Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
He specializes in all aspects of General and Vascular Surgery, and has a special interest in minimally invasive arterial and venous endovascular techniques and the management of the Diabetic Foot.