Mr Martin Kurzer qualified from University College London in 1975; trained as a surgeon at University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1980. He spent two years in the USA and on his return went into private practice. He joined the British Hernia Centre in 1991 and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to advocate the use of mesh for all abdominal hernias.
His main surgical interest is in local anaesthetic day-case surgery and he has one of the largest series of open local anaesthetic hernia repairs in Europe. He has trained many surgeons from around the world in the open LA tension-free mesh technique and speaks regularly at UK and international conferences. He is currently president of the British Hernia Society of which he is a co-founder.
Through his work as a surgeon Mr Martin Kurzer has realised the importance of some of the non-technical skills for good clinical practice such as communication, with both patients and colleagues, and how badly some of his peers deal with this. He believes that poor communication is a major factor in operating room errors and litigation. He is also interested in life coaching, team building and performance improvement.