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Mr Kelvin Lau

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020 3765 8843

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Thoracic surgery


Kelvin Lau is consultant and lead thoracic surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

He qualified from the University of Oxford in 2002. During his time at Oxford he was awarded a ICRF scholarship to investigate molecular angiogenesis and vascular targeting of anti-cancer treatment at the Institute of Molecular Medicine for which he was awarded a doctorate of philosophy. After his training, he obtained his membership in 2005, and was awarded the only cardiothoracic surgery national training number in 2006. He received his training in Glenfield Hospital, Nottingham and London, and went on to complete a minimally invasive thoracic surgery fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he was then made honorary assistant professor.

On return to the UK in 2013, he was appointed as the first consultant thoracic surgeon for St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he set up the thoracic surgery service, introduced VATS lobectomy and endobronchial programmes, and recently, one of the first dedicated 24/7 cardiothoracic robotic surgery programme in the UK. In November 2015 led the first team in Europe to successfully use the latest version of navigation bronchoscopy, and went on to do the first in the world endobronchial microwave ablation of lung tumour in February 2018.

His interests include the relationship of service provision to outcomes, intraoperative visualisation and therapeutic navigation bronchoscopy. He is on the steering committee for the European NAVIGATE trial, chief investigator for the NAVABLATE trial, and principal investigator for the MARS2 and NAVIGATE trial.

Special interests and treatments

- Navigation bronchoscopy for diagnosis, treatment enablement and thermal ablation - Image-guided thoracic surgery in the hybrid theatre - VATS and robotic-assisted operations - Uniportal and biportal VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy - Lung volume reduction surgery and Endobronchial Valve placement - Mesothelioma surgery - Navigation bronchoscopy - Hybrid theatre Image-guided surgery

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St Bartholomew's Hospital

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