Dr. Martin De Villiers

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Registered Family Physician and specialist in Family Medicine.

Early Years
Martin is Cape Town born and bred. Growing up in one of the world’s most beautiful cities where nature is ever present instilled a love for the outdoors and the ocean in him. The lure of the ocean and the need to explore its depths resulted in a long standing passion for scuba diving and eventually being appointed as head instructor of Eastern Province diving when he practiced as a family physician in Port Elizabeth.

M.B. ChB Univ. of Stellenbosch (1973).

Membership of the Faculty of General Practice (M.F.G.P.) College of Medicine of SA (1981).

Diploma in Occupational Medicine Univ. of Stellenbosch (1982).

Master of Business Leadership (MBL) Univ. Of South Africa (1991).

Fellow of the College of Family Practitioners College of Medicine of South Africa (2006).

Martin has 20 years’ experience in private Family Practice.

He has also held leadership positions in various aspects of the health industry, including: pharmaceuticals, medical associations, government, and oncology.

He has extensive international experience, including consulting assignments in: Tunisia, Europe, the Middle-East, India, and North America.

He is currently contracted to the Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON), an accredited managed care organization in oncology, as Executive Manager.
He is also a part-time external lecturer for the short-course “Cancer Care for the Family Practitioner” at the University of Stellenbosch’s department of Family Medicine & Primary Care. He also lectures for the for the university’s Department of Economic Sciences for the post-graduate Diploma in Financial Planning .

Founder of the Health Leadership Group
This organisation focuses on bringing great minds together as a catalyst for fundamental change in healthcare in South and Southern Africa to ensure patient-cantered quality care.

He has led international health related delegations, and has been actively involved in the evolutionary changes of the healthcare industry in South Africa.

As a young doctor, his partner, Dr Koos Wahl taught him to see the person in the patient and not just the disease and science. This passion for humanity has remained a driving force throughout his career and he continues to believe that healthcare professionals must continually be reminded that they are treating a patient who is also a person. The greatest compliment that you can receive is for another person to say “I trust you”.

“I love living at the coast and being outdoors. To teach my children and now my grandchildren to appreciate the beauty of nature as a privilege and a pleasure”.