Dr Paul Martin, Chief of Hepatology University of Miami, 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.
His 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 he hastens to add not as a surgeon.