Consultant Profile

Professor Christian Ottensmeier

Professor Christian Ottensmeier MD PhD FRCP
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • Oncology
    • Lung cancer
Special clinical interests:
Thoracic Malignancies
Research interests:
Immunotherapy and vaccine development
Current NHS and /or university posts:

Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, University of Southampton and Southampton University Hospitals

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
NCRI Translational Studies Group
London Lung Cancer Clinical Studies Steering Group
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Cancer Immunotherapy Collaborative
American Society of Clinical Oncology
NCRI Melanoma Clinical Trials Group
European Society of Medical Oncology
Association of Cancer Physicians
American Society of Haematology
European Society for Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
023 8079 8657
Private secretary telephone number:
Margaret Barton
Private secretary fax:
023 8079 5176
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Christian Ottensmeier is Professor in Experimental Cancer Medicine. He graduated in Münster, Germany and began his specialist training there. After a 3 year training fellowship in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, he moved to Southampton. He completed his oncology training and also undertook his PhD here. Professor Ottensmeier has been a consultant in medical oncology since 2000. Clinically his interests are thoracic malignancies and melanoma, and he has helped to develop several of national NCRI studies in lung cancer. He manages a broad and active clinical trials portfolio in both lung cancer and melanoma.

The overarching aim of his laboratory group is the preclinical development and early phase clinical testing of strategies to induce anti-tumour immune responses in patients ( After an initial focus on B cell malignancies the majority of the work is now in solid tumours. This has led to three linked but distinct areas of investigation: Detailed immunological evaluation of the effect of immunological intervention in patients, assay development and validation, and finally mechanistic studies in murine models as well as human modelling of immune responses to vaccination for further preclinical cancer vaccine development. The aim is to complete the loop back into the clinic.

Personal profile:
I was born in Germany and completed my medical degree in Munster, Germany. After beginning my clinical training and specialistion there, I spent several years in Boston, USA. I came to the UK in 1994 and was appointed as a consultant in Southampton in 2000. I am CRUK Senior Clinical Research Fellow, although my academic work is also funded by other charities.

I am married with two children and enjoy spending time with the family. I love reading and cooking when I get the time to do so.

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Professor Christian Ottensmeier

Professor Christian Ottensmeier Oncology Consultant, Southampton, Hampshire, private hospital specialist.

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