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Prof Eric Kian Saik Lim

Last updated: 4 Jan 2023

GMC: 4299703
Areas of Practice: Thoracic
Region: London North
Hospitals: Royal Brompton Hospital

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.

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).

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. Professor 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.

Training Attended

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.

Qualifications & Accreditations



University of Sheffield Medical School



Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


MRCS (Eng)

Royal College of Surgeons of England



London School Hygiene Tropical Medicine


MSc (Biostatistics)

University of London



UK Intercollegiate Specialty Board



University of East Anglia

Additional Information

He is the national chair for thoracic academia with an active interest in clinical trials serving as Chief Investigator for UK wide National Institute of Healthcare Research funded multicentre trials of surgery for mesothelioma (MARS 2), VATS lobectomy (VIOLET) and local consolidative treatment for advanced lung cancer (RAMON).

Thoracic Surgery

This consultant has been a part of the following outcomes audits, please click on any outcomes audit to see their data:

National Lung Cancer Audit - 2017

SCTS Committees

This consultant is or was a member of the following committees, click on any committee to see more information:

CommitteeOfficeTerm of Office
Academic & ResearchCo-Chair2021 - 2024
Executive CommitteeResearch Sub-Committee Co-chair (Thoracic Surgery)2021 - 2024



Royal Brompton Hospital
Dept of Thoracic Surgery
Sydney Street
United Kingdom

Personal Landline: +44 207 351 8591

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