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I am a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and Clinical Lead 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.
Clinical lead and consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St. George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. Specialist interests include minimally invasive surgery, VATS and robotic surgery, and thymectomy for myasthenia gravis.
I completed my medical training at Nottingham University and entered higher surgical training in the London Deanery. I obtained BMBS BMedSci (Hons) DOHNS FRCS (CTh) PhD degrees during my training.
I have a wide range of experience in thoracic surgery performing anatomical lung resections using both open, keyhole (VATS) and robotic techniques. I have developed a specialist practice in minimally invasive thymectomy surgery, performing thymectomies for thymomatous and non-thymomatous disease.
I am the clinic audit lead and robotic lead for thoracic surgery at St George’s Hospital.
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.
Areas of interest
Chest wall surgery;
Lung cancer surgery;
Myasthenia gravis surgery;
VATS lung resections;
VATS pleural biopsies;
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Nick Fletcher Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
St George's University NHS Foundation Trust
Lung Cancer surgery
Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Operative Video Prize Award - 2018
UK CW Swimming Championship, 1st BS, 2nd FS relay, 3rd FS - 2017
Tooting Bec Mid-Summer Relay, Runners Up - 2016
Tooting Bec Relay Triathlon, Runners up - 2015
South London Swimming Club, 300 yard breaststroke winner - 2015
President’s Prize for oral case presentation, RSM cardiothoracic section - 2012
Surgical teaching award, St George’s University of London - 2012
Thoracic Surgery during Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Experience of a Level 1 Trauma Centre
Smelt J, Vaughan P, Hunt I, Tan C
Thorac Cardiovasc Surg – in print.
Elective Lung Resections in the Elderly: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Smelt J, Lovejoy CA, Thakker R, Hunt I, Martin F, Tan C.
Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Jan 28.
Operative Planning in Thoracic Surgery: A Pilot Study Comparing Imaging Techniques and Three-Dimensional Printing.
Smelt J, Suri T, Valencia O, Jahangiri M, Rhode K, Nair A, Bille A.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019;107:401-406.
Three-Dimensional Printing for Chest Wall Reconstruction in Thoracic Surgery: Building on Experience.
Smelt J, Pontiki A, Jahangiri M, Rhode K, Nair A, Bille A.
Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020;68:352-356.
Retrospective Observational Study into the Early Causes of Death Following Surgery for NSCLC.
Smelt J, Martin F, Al-Sahaf M, Simon N, King J, Veres L, Bille A, Pilling J, Routledge T, Harrison-Phipps K.
Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020;68:633-638.
Involvement: Author of this work.
The Requirement of Sutures to Close Intercostal Drains Site Wounds in Thoracic Surgery.
Smelt J, Simon N, Veres L, Harrison-Phipps K, Bille A.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2018;105:438-440.
An Isolated Traumatic Medial Third Clavicular Fracture Requiring Surgical Fixation.
Smelt J, Khakha R, Harrison-Phipps K, Richards A, Bille A.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017;103:e297-e298.
Impact of Sarcomatoid Component in Patients with Biphasic Mesothelioma: Review of 118
Bille A, Kolokotroni S, King J, Smelt J, Ashrafian L, Spicer J, Routledge T, Ng W.
J Thor Onc. 2017:12;S1367–S1368.
A lateral costal artery complicating video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) pleurectomy.
Smelt J, Toufektzian L, Pilling J, Routledge T.
Surg Radiol Anat. 2017;39:921-923.
Agreement between examiners in wet lab assessment of cardiothoracic trainees
Smelt J, Valencia O, Nowell J, Roberts N, Jahangiri M.
Bull R Coll Surg Engl. 2017;99:190-194.
Simulator Teaching of Cardiopulmonary Bypass Complications: A Prospective, Randomized Study.
Smelt J, Phillips S, Hamilton C, Fricker P, Spray D, Nowell J, Jahangiri M.
J Surg Educ. 2016;73:1026-1031.
A survey of Cardiothoracic Surgical Training in UK: Realities of a 6-year integrated Training Program
Smelt J, Soppa G, Nowell J, Barnard S, Jahangiri M.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;100:2314-9
- BMedSci (Hons) Nottingham University 2006
- BMBS Nottingham University 2008
- DOHNS Royal College of Surgeons England 2011
- MRCS Royal College of Surgeons England 2012
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons England 2018
- PhD St Georges University London 2019
Reference number 7015928
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Lead for Robotic Surgery St George's Hospital 2020
- Clinical Audit Lead St George's Hospital 2020
Details of entry to specialist register
- Entry onto specialist register , 2019
Affiliations / memberships
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