Dr. Martin Than
Emergency Medicine Specialist

Director of Research at Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department, Martin has a specific interest in evidence-based healthcare and the safe rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. His work focuses on cardiac biomarkers and acute coronary syndrome with approximately 140 publications in this field since 2011. He was the principle investigator of the 3500 -patient ‘ASPECT’ study (involving 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region) that was published in The Lancet (2011). He has previously directed a centre for medical evidence reviews in Christchurch.

Martin has now led two randomised controlled trials on the benefits of using accelerated decision-making pathways for patients being assessed for possible ACS and led the implementation of rapid chest pain assessment pathways into every hospital throughout New Zealand, doubling the number of patients safely discharged from the emergency department within six hours. Results were presented as “late-breaking science” at the 2017 American Heart Association conference with simultaneous publication in Circulation.

His team’s work won both the category award for Best Value for Public Health System Resources and the Supreme Award at the Canterbury District Health Board Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards 2016.

Martin was the inaugural winner of the prestigious national Beaven Medal for excellence in translational health research (2010) from the New Zealand Health Research Council and he is also a member of the Council’s College of Experts. He was until recently a member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) expert taskforce on “Education in Cardiovascular Biomarkers” which produces educational materials for clinicians and laboratorians in the clinical practice.

Martin received his medical degree from Imperial College London, and has done additional training in Evidence Based Healthcare at the University of Exeter, UK and Health Informatics through the American Medical Informatics Association.