Mr. Ian Hunt graduated from University College Medical School (UCL), London.
He completed his basic surgical training at the Hammersmith Hospital, London and in Wellington, New Zealand. His higher surgical training was completed in London teaching hospitals, including St. Thomas’s, Guy’s, Harefield and St. George’s hospitals and at the University of Alberta, Canada.
In 2007 he won the prestigious “McCormack Medal” coming first in the UK FRCS Cardiothoracic Surgical Fellowship exams. In the following year he won the national Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (SCTS) scholarship completing a minimal access thoracic surgery (VATS) fellowship in Canada and the USA prior to joining St. George’s Hospital as a specialist Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in 2009 and as a Honorary Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton from 2010.
He provides a comprehensive thoracic surgical service with a special interest in minimal access (VATS) surgery, thoracic oncology (cancer), chest wall deformities, clinical research and teaching. He works closely with many district hospital chest physicians and oncologists in SW London, Surrey and West Sussex.
He developed and delivers, with Dr A Draper, the regional endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) service, at St George’s. This is a minimally invasive technique for sampling lymph glands to help diagnose and stage lung cancer as well as other lung conditions.
As an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St. George’s Medical School, University of London and Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Tutor at St. George’s Hospital NHS trust Mr. Hunt is actively involved in clinical research, training and education at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as mentoring consultant colleagues from the UK and Europe in advanced VATS techniques. He lectures regularly at national and international conferences and teaches on specialist courses. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written reviews and book chapters and has edited several books.
He is a member of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of UK & Ireland (SCTS) and European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). He is an examination writer for the FRSC specialty cardiothoracic exit exam; he sits on several advisory boards, is actively involved in the national SCTS annual meeting and is a member of several national guideline development groups.