Professor Martin Smith joined Wits originally as a student in 1977, graduated with a MBBCh in 1982 and completed his internship at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. From 1990-2001, he served as a consultant at the Helen Joseph Hospital, after which he returned to the newly named Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital as Head of General Surgery. He was appointed Academic head of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2013.