Consultant Profile

Mr Alex Brunelli

Mr Alex Brunelli 
Practicing at:
Spire Leeds Hospital
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Lung cancer
    • Thoracic surgery
Special clinical interests:

Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (key hole surgery)
Lung cancer surgery
Surgery for pulmonary metastases
Biportal videoassisted anatomic lung resection
Uniportal bullectomy for spontaneous pneumothorax

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS)
Secretary General ESTS (2012-current)
Member of the Executive Committee ESTS (2008-current)
Member of the Annual Program Committee ESTS (2008-current)
Member of the Educational Committee ESTS (2008-current)
Member of the Database Committee ESTS (2008-current)
Director of the European Thoracic Surgery Database (2008-2012)
Chair of the European task force on fitness for radical treatment (ERS-ESTS) (2008-2009)
Member of the Editorial Board The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Panelist and lead author American College of Chest Physicians Lung Cancer Management Guidelines (2013

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0113 218 5908/9
Private secretary:
Private secretary telephone number:
07475 010139
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Alessandro Brunelli works as a consultant thoracic surgeon and senior honorary lecturer at the department of thoracic surgery, St. James's University Hospital, in Leeds, UK.

He is the former vice-director of the division of thoracic surgery and head of section of minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, Italy, where he worked as staff surgeon for more than 14 years.

Mr Brunelli has worked at several USA centers (Duke University, UCSD, Washington University St. Louis) and in 2010 spent 6 months working at the division of general thoracic surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Mr Brunelli is one of the European pioneers of the uniportal VATS technique for operations on the lung and medistinum performed with a single incision of 2 cm. 

In 2007 Mr Brunelli started the program of videothoracoscopic lobectomies for lung cancer in Italy. This type of procedure allows for a reduction in hospital stay and a faster recovery from operation. He is a member of the minimally invasive thoracic surgery interest group of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). He is author of more than 150 articles in high profile scientific journals. He received many prestigious scientific awards such as 2 Brompton Prizes, for the best oral presentation at the European Conference of General Thoracic Surgery, and 1 ESTS Young Investigator Award. 

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Mr Alex Brunelli

Mr Alex Brunelli Cardiothoracic surgery Consultant, Leeds, West Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

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