Dr Martyn Williamson graduated from Newcastle University UK. He developed an interest in rural general practice and health services after coming to New Zealand to work in Owaka. He spent 8 years working as the GP in Lawrence, working with the community to retain the local hospital. He has worked alongside Dr Susan Macpherson since 1996.
His interest in medical education led to him working at the Otago School of Medicine in Dunedin where he enjoys teaching medical students, running postgraduate courses for doctors and doing some research. He is a fellow of the GP College, and his postgraduate qualifications include the Otago Diploma of General Practice (distinction).
He has an interest in musculoskeletal medicine and trigger point acupuncture. He was a founding board member of COHSL (Central Otago Health Services Ltd) the community company which looks after Dunstan Hospital, retiring from the role in 2009.
Recently he has developed an interest in the power of nutrition in treating or curing common chronic diseases in ways which surpass the effect of most modern medicines which merely treat the effects of the disease rather than cure. He completed the Cornell University (USA) Certificate of Plant Based nutrition in July 2017. He comes from a well-known local cycling family, and has enjoyed coaching young athletes, with national and international success.
He and his wife Liz still ride their bikes enjoying races as well as exploring the wonderful Central Otago countryside.