Professor Keith Martin

Professor Keith Martin

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Keith Martin at Spire include:

Ophthalmology at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Other treatments

Small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery, medical and surgical treatment of adult and paediatric glaucoma

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Professional profile

Keith Martin qualified from Oxford University Clinical School in 1993 and trained in general medicine and neurology at Hammersmith Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology in London and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Professor Martin's Higher Specialist Training in Ophthalmology was undertaken at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and in Norwich. He completed three years of advanced sub-specialty fellowship training in the medical and surgical management of adult and paediatric glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (with Professor Harry Quigley) and at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London (with Professor Sir Peng Khaw). Keith Martin was elected as the first Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cambridge in 2010 and he runs an active research programme at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, developing new treatments for glaucoma. In 2010, Professor Martin was presented with the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research / Carl Camras Translational Research Award. This International Award is given to a researcher from any country under the age of 50 years whose research is judged to have the greatest potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the treatment of eye disease.

Clinically, Professor Martin is an internationally recognised expert in the treatment of glaucoma and he has a special interest in the management of severe, advanced and complex disease in adults and children. He regularly performs multiple glaucoma procedures including trabeculectomy, glaucoma tube shunt surgery, selective laser trabeculoplasty, cyclodiode laser treatment and laser iridotomies. He is also a highly experienced small incision cataract surgeon and has performed over 5000 cataract operations. His electronically audited cataract surgery complication rate is 0.59%, well under the National Ophthalmology Dataset average for UK Consultants of 4.6% despite a complex case mix involving a high proportion of glaucoma and uveitis cases.

Treasurer (2008-15), Vice President (2015-) & President Elect, World Glaucoma Association (WGA); largest glaucoma organisation worldwide (>10,000 members). Chair, Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology Glaucoma Program Committee (2014-5); responsible for glaucoma program of world’s largest eye research meeting. Basic Science section co-editor of Journal of Glaucoma Academic Organiser, Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium (2008-) Chair (2015-6), International Glaucoma Research Society Program Committee; invitation-only group of 100 leading glaucoma researchers worldwide setting future glaucoma research priorities. Co-Chair & Organiser, European Vision & Eye Research Optic Nerve Meeting, (2012-) Consultant & Safety Monitoring Committee, Health Innovation Challenge Fund (2012-) 37 Invited Lectures in last 5 years at national/international meetings; Janice Krushner Memorial Lecture 2013 & the Balasubramanian Oration 2012.

Clinical Interests

Small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery, medical and surgical treatment of adult and paediatric glaucoma

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Qualification and professional memberships

DM / Oxford / 2004
Doctor of Medicine research degree awarded by the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford, April 2004. Thesis entitled “Studies on the mechanisms of retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma”

FRCOphth / Royal College of Ophthalmologists / 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

MA / Cambridge / 1993
Master of Arts

BM BCh / Oxford / 1993
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

FMGEMS / . / 1992
United States Foreign Medical Graduate Examination

BA / Cambridge / 1990
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts with First Class honours in Medical Sciences and First Class honours in Neurobiology

Professional memberships

Vice President and President Elect of the World Glaucoma Association
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Member of the European Glaucoma Society
Member of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society
Scientific Advisory Board of the International Glaucoma Association
Member of the International Society for Eye Research
Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member of the Wilmer Eye Institute Alumni Association
Member of the Moorfields Alumni Association

Professional leadership

World Glaucoma Association (WGA) - Vice President and President Elect (2015-2017)
International Glaucoma Association (IGA) - Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (2010-)
National Ophthalmology Database Glaucoma Subcommittee (2013-)
Consultant and Safety Monitoring Committee, Health Innovation Challenge Fund (2011-)
Consultant and Safety Monitoring Committee, Health Innovation Challenge Fund (2011-)
Glaucoma Research Society : Programme Committee (2012-), Chair (2014-6)
Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium: Academic Organiser (2009-)

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Current NHS posts

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cambridge, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Academic Lead for Ophthalmology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, Group Leader, John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, Faculty Member, National Institute for Health Research, Affiliate Principal Investigator, MRC Wellcome Trust Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

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Personal Profile

Keith Martin is married with three kids and combines a busy clinical and research career with a variety of other interests. He is a keen pianist, skier and tennis player, has recently become a black belt in shotokan karate and he still occasionally finds time to windsurf, albeit rather badly.

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Financial Interests

Co-Founder and Director of Quethera Ltd, a University of Cambridge spin-off company developing gene therapy treatments for glaucoma.

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Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266990
Private secretary Julie Wright
Private secretary telephone 01223 266913
Private secretary fax 01223 266958
Private secretary email

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