Mr Jeremy Smelt

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

BMBS, BMedSci (Hons), DOHNS, PhD, FRCS(CTh)

"I enjoy working at the Spire as there is a supportive and friendly atmosphere which is conducive to safe working and excellent patient care."

Specialises in

I am a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St. George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. My specialist interests include minimally invasive surgery and thymectomy for myasthenia gravis.

I specialise in surgery of the chest, including the bony chest wall, lungs, mediastinum and the covering of the heart (pericardium). About 85% of the surgery I perform is minimally invasive (keyhole). I specialise in both cancer surgery as well as surgery for benign disease such as infections and surgery for myasthenia gravis.

I have a wide range of experience in thoracic surgery having performed over 350 anatomical lung resections using both open and minimally invasive approaches. Furthermore I have developed a specialist practice in minimally invasive thymectomy surgery having performed over 50 thymectomies for thymomatous and non-thymomatous disease. I have performed over 100 minimally invasive lung wedge resections.

I am currently the clinic audit lead for thoracic surgery at St George's Hospital. I am also working, as the robotic lead, to develop the thoracic robotic program at St George's.

I teach on various courses including the Royal College of Surgeons in England CCRISP (Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient) and the Royal College of Surgeons in England Student Surgical Skills, Cardiac Advanced Life Support and Royal Society of Medicine Anatomy Course.

I have published over 30 papers in peer reviewed medical journals, and written chapters in text books, the majority of which are as first author. I have a PhD in surgical education focusing on simulation and assessment.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Jeremy Smelt at Spire include:

Thoracic surgery

Other treatments

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest wall surgery
  • Empyema Surgery
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Myasthenia gravis surgery
  • Pneumothorax surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • VATS lung resections
  • VATS pleural biopsies
  • VATS thymectomies

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Additional information

Lung cancer
Thoracic surgery

BMBS / University of Nottingham / 2008
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

SCTS (Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery)

FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons England)

ITMIG (International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group)

GMC (General Medical Council)

Professional leadership

Clinical Audit Lead in Thoracic Surgery at St George's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

St George's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust