Professor Eric Lim

Professor Eric Lim


Cardiothoracic Surgery

26 years of experience
15 years as a specialist

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“The treatment and care I received from Mr. Lim and his team was excellent. Initial contact to obtaining an appointment was very fast and he was very accommodating to my needs and personal schedule. Communication was excellent throughout leaving me very comfortable with what to expect at all stages of the procedure. The surgery was clearly performed with great skill and care as I was left with no pain and very little discomfort during the immediate and longer term recovery. A first class service.“
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  • Thoracic Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4299703
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £350

    Follow-up appointment: £350

    Practices worked at

    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street, london, United Kingdom, W1G 8BJ
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    Professor Eric Lim is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College London. He received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Sheffield Medical School. His specialist heart and lung surgical training was at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. He spent time in medical research in Cambridge where he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine and in research methods London where he received his Masters of Science in Medical Statistics funded by a UK Medical Research Council Scholarship.

    Professor Lim is a sub-specialist in Thoracic Surgery with specific expertise in lung and other chest cancers. His technical expertise is minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for lung cancer, pleural effusion, pneumothorax and other chest cancers, as well as complex surgery for advanced lung cancer involving airway and blood vessel reconstruction (to save as much normal lung as possible). 

    He has an active interest in clinical and translational research. He is the Chief Investigator leading UK wide multicentre trials of surgery for mesothelioma (MARS 2) and VATS lobectomy (VIOLET). He is the head of the Biomedical Research Unit Cancer Consortia and leads a team of translational researchers focusing on blood based cancer diagnosis and predictive testing aspiring to shorten time to diagnosis and eliminate complications of conventional invasive tissue biopsy.

    His research has led to over 100 peer review publications, he has authored two award winning textbooks (Medicine and Surgery, Churchill’s Pocketbook of Differential Diagnosis) and 6 book chapters. Mr Lim chaired the British Thoracic Society and Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery’s Guidelines on the Management of Lung Cancer in 2010, contributed to the European Society of Medical Oncology Early Stage Lung Cancer Guidelines in 2013 and European Neuroendocrine Tumours Management of Bronchopulmonary Carcinoids Guidelines in 2014.

    He also the Chair of the UK Thoracic Surgery Research Collaborative and served as a Councillor of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a member of the Steering Committee of the British Thoracic Oncology Group, an Associate Editor of Thorax and the Deputy Statistics Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Minimally invasive (singel incision keyhole) surgery for lung and chest cancers
    • Airway and blood vessel reconstruction (to save as much normal lung as possible)
    • Complex surgery for advanced lung cancer
    • Mediastinal surgery
    • Emphysema
    • Pleural effusion
    • Pneumothorax and other chest cancers


    • Lobectomy
    • Thoracic (Lung) Surgery
    • Thoracoscopy or VATS
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Lung Cancer
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    MBChB - University of Sheffield, UK in 1996

    MSc Biostatistics - University of London, UK in 2004

    FRCS (C-Th) - Royal College of Surgeons, UK in 2006

    MD - University of East Anglia, UK in 2007


    Chair of British Thoracic Society / Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery Guidelines on the Radical Management of Lung Cancer - 2010

    Member of European Society of Medical Oncology Guidelines for the Management of Early-stage Lung Cancer - 2013

    Member of the European Neuroendocrine Society Guidelines on the Management of Bronchopulmonary Neuroendocrine Tumours - 2014

    Associate Editor of Thorax

    Associate Editor of the European Thoracic Oncology Platform

    Council Member of European Society of Thoracic Surgeons

    Member of Steering Committee of the British Thoracic Oncology Group

    Panel Member of UK Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Chair of UK Thoracic Surgery Research Collaborative

    Deputy Statistics Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

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