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Richard Martin - Surgeon

Private Service, General Surgery, Oncology


Richard is New Zealand’s leading melanoma surgical oncologist, treating all forms of melanoma from around the country and internationally as well. He manages over 500 melanoma cases each year, chairs the National Melanoma Standards group for the Ministry of Health plus the Auckland Regional Melanoma Multidisciplinary meeting and sits on the executive committees of MELNET, MASC trials group and Melanoma New Zealand charity.

Richard is a New Zealand trained general surgeon who spent two and a half years at the Sydney Cancer Center specialising in melanoma and head and neck surgery. Most of his time was spent at the Sydney Melanoma Unit, (now Melanoma Institute of Australia) the largest treatment and research facility for melanoma in the world.

During his time in Sydney he completed a Master of Surgery in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sydney. As a Surgical Oncologist Richard assesses and treats all forms of melanoma, skin and head/neck cancer.

Richard publishes in numerous academic journals, is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and is actively involved in research and clinical trials. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Richard also performs all general surgery procedures (e.g. hernias, gallbladders, lymph node biopsies, ingrown toenails) and endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid).

Richard works in the multidisciplinary Melanoma Unit team, and for Waitemata District Health Board (North Shore and Waitakere). Private patients are seen at the Waitemata Specialist Centre, Takapuna and the Rodney Surgical Centre at Warkworth, and Peninsula Medical Centre.


What is General Surgery?
The role of the General Surgical Department varies from hospital to hospital, but in broad terms general surgery can be said to deal with a wide range of conditions within the abdomen, breast, neck, skin and, in many hospitals, vascular (blood vessel) system.

While the name would suggest that the focus of general surgery is to perform operations, often this is not the case. Many patients are referred to surgeons with conditions that do not need surgical procedures, but merely require counselling or medical treatment. 


Referral Expectations

When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try to speed up the process.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your surgeon will discuss treatment with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice. If surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.

Common Conditions

  • Skin Cancer

    New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.… More

  • Head & Neck Masses

    Growths, lumps, tumours or masses on the head and neck can be benign (noncancerous) or cancerous and can form in the larynx, pharynx, thyroid gland, salivary gland, mouth, neck, face or skull.… More

  • Endocrine Gland Disorders

    Abnormalities of the endocrine system treated by general surgery include disorders of the pancreas and adrenal glands in the abdomen and the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck. These are often very complex conditions requiring extensive investigations.… More

  • Melanoma

    Malignant Melanoma
    This is the most serious form of skin cancer.… More

  • Gallstones

    General surgery covers some disorders of the liver and biliary system.… More

  • Hernias

    A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened, and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside.… More

  • Ingrown toenails


  • Lipomas


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This page was last updated at 11:19AM on July 20, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Richard Martin - Surgeon.