Education and background
Professor Vladimir Anikin received his thoracic surgical oncology training at the P A Hertzen Cancer Research Institute in Moscow in the early 1980s. During his training he championed a thesis entitled 'Multiple Primary Tumours of the Lung' and subsequently published a book on the subject.
He worked as a thoracic and general surgeon in the north of Russia, and was appointed as a senior researcher in the Medical Radiological Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, with the main clinical focus of oesophageal surgery. He continued in this post until his move to the UK in the early 1990s.
After moving to the UK, Professor Anikin worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and in 2000 was appointed as a consultant in the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and then also at the Leeds General Infirmary.
He continued there until 2007 when he was offered a position as consultant thoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital.
Areas of expertise
Professor Vladimir Anikin has wide experience in all areas of thoracic and oesophageal surgery, including general thoracic surgical procedures (excluding transplantation), diagnostic and interventional endoscopy.
He has performed a significant number of complex lung resection procedures, in patients with advanced tumours using bronchial and vascular reconstruction.
Professor Anikin is also experienced in advanced video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for lung and mediastinal tumours, including VATS lobectomy (removal of affected lung tissue) and segmentectomies (surgical removal of a segment of lung lobe).
One of his clinical and scientific interests is using cryosurgery to treat endobronchial tumours. This pioneering method significantly improves quality of life and prolongs survival in patients with advanced lung cancer. This technology also allows healthcare professionals to avoid major surgery in patients with other forms of endobronchial tumours.
Professor Anikin also has a clinical interest in treating patients with complex thoracic surgical problems or with complications from previous surgery. This includes reconstructive chest wall surgery after previous interventions for congenital and cardiac pathology.
Publications and research
Professor Anikin has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He has also presented internationally on numerous occasions on the subject of surgical outcomes and techniques in various areas of thoracic surgery and pulmonary cryosurgery.