Mr Ian Hunt

Mr Ian Hunt

Thoracic Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (CTh)

Specialises in

I am an experienced specialist thoracic surgeon who provides a high volume comprehensive thoracic surgical service with a special interest in minimal access keyhole (VATS) surgery, thoracic oncology (cancer), chest wall deformities, chest trauma, clinical research and teaching. At Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, I provide a comprehensive approach to the surgical management of diseases of the chest for private patients. Treatments range from the latest non-surgical techniques to a high volume of surgical operations including diagnostic and staging procedures through to radical treatment.

I collaborate with many colleagues at St George’s Hospital including regularly operating with surgeons in ENT, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic and General surgery as well as running a joint Paediatric-Thoracic surgical clinic.

I work with physicians and oncologists from hospitals in SW London, Surrey and West Sussex including St Richards (Chichester), Epsom, St Helier’s, East Surrey, Ashford and St Peters, St Luke’s Cancer Centre (Guildford) and the Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton).

I am 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. I am 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.

I am a member of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of UK & Ireland (SCTS) and European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS); I sit on several national advisory boards, am actively involved in the SCTS annual meeting and am a member of several national guideline development groups.

I regularly lecture at national and international conferences and teach on many specialist courses. I have published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written reviews and book chapters and have edited several books.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ian Hunt at Spire include:

Thoracic surgery


Other treatments

  • Chest trauma, wall surgery and deformities
  • Diagnostic procedures - Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Lung cancer surgery (lung resections, extended and complex)
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) for Emphysema and COPD
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Minimally invasive keyhole (VATS) thoracic surgery
  • Pleural, chest wall and mesothelioma surgery
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of pectus deformities
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of chest wall, breastbone and rib injuries
  • Surgery for pleural infections (Empyema, parapneumonic effusions)
  • Surgery for collapsed lungs (pneumothorax)
  • Surgery for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Surgery for mediastinal tumours including thymomas
  • Surgery for secondary cancers (metastasis) of the lung
  • Thoracic oncology
  • I treat children and young people from 7 to 18 years old 

Alongside my thoracic clinic I also run a dedicated Pectus Clinic at Spire St Anthony's Hospital.

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Additional information

Lung cancer
Thoracic surgery

Special clinical interests: Chest wall injuries including rib and breastbone fractures; chest wall deformities including surgical and non-surgical treatment of pectus excavatum and carinatum; treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis); lung cancer surgery; minimally invasive surgery.

Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Lead, Thoracic Surgery, St George's Hospital.

Trauma Lead, Cardiothoracic Surgery, St George's Hospital.

Royal College of Surgeons Tutor, St George's Hospital.

Honorary Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Royal Marsden Hospital.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George's Medical School, University of London.

Clinical Reference Group (CRG) member, UK Thoracic Surgery.