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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Fred T. Lee Jr, M.D. is a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, The Robert A. Turrel Professor of Imaging Science, the past Chief of Abdominal Imaging, Oncologic Imaging and past Senior Vice Chair at the University of Wisconsin Department of Radiology. He received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Boston University, completed an internship in surgery at the University of Massachusetts, and received his radiology training at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. He has been a University of Wisconsin faculty member since 1991, and was designated as a GE/Radiologic Society of North America Scholar in 1996.


While completing the requirements for the GE/RSNA Scholars program, Dr. Lee developed an interest in minimally invasive tumor ablation therapy, leading him to establish the tumor ablation laboratory at the University of Wisconsin in 1995, one of the first of its type in the world. His work has resulted in more than 200 scientific publications, hundreds of scientific and business presentations, 20 book chapters, 24 inventions/patents and substantial federal and industrial grant support. He is the recipient of more than 50 major honors/awards including multiple "Best Doctor" awards, the UW Health Presidential Physician Leadership Award and the Grand Prize in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Competition. Dr. Lee is a founding member of the International Working Group on Tumor Ablation, and a founding member of three biotech start-up companies devoted to cancer treatment: Cellectar, Inc., NeuWave Medical Inc., and Elucent Medical, LLC, all located in Madison, WI.



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Radiology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Diagnostic Radiology
Residency University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Internship University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worchester, MA
Medical School Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1986


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Newsweek's Top Cancer Doctors 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012


Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Abdominal CT Scan
  • Abdominal X-Ray
  • Colon Contrast X-Ray
  • Esophagram
  • Swallowing Function w/Cineradiography
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound
  • Upper GI Tract X-Ray
PubMed Articles
Potretzke TA Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Wells SA Brace CL Agarwal P Lee FT Jr . Microwave versus Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Comparison of Efficacy at a Single Center. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 May;27(5):631-8
[PubMed ID: 27017124]
Silverman SG Lu DS Lee FT Jr . Abdominal radiology in the era of the Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology certificate. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Apr;41(4):586-9
[PubMed ID: 26971338]
Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ . Introduction to the special section on interventional abdominal radiology. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2016 Apr;41(4):585
[PubMed ID: 26907712]
Ziemlewicz TJ Wells SA Lubner MG Brace CL Lee FT Jr Hinshaw JL . Hepatic Tumor Ablation. Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;96(2):315-39
[PubMed ID: 27017867]
Cristescu M Abel EJ Wells S Ziemlewicz TJ Hedican SP Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Percutaneous Microwave Ablation of Renal Angiomyolipomas. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2016 Mar;39(3):433-40
[PubMed ID: 26390876]
Smolock AR Cristescu MM Potretzke TA Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Microwave Ablation for the Treatment of Hepatic Adenomas. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Feb;27(2):244-9
[PubMed ID: 26830938]
Harari CM Magagna M Bedoya M Lee FT Jr Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Ziemlewicz T Brace CL . Microwave Ablation: Comparison of Simultaneous and Sequential Activation of Multiple Antennas in Liver Model Systems. Radiology. 2016 Jan;278(1):95-103
[PubMed ID: 26133361]
Gillams A Goldberg N Ahmed M Bale R Breen D Callstrom M Chen MH Choi BI de Baere T Dupuy D Gangi A Gervais D Helmberger T Jung EM Lee F Lencioni R Liang P Livraghi T Lu D Meloni F Pereira P Piscaglia F Rhim H Salem R Sofocleous C Solomon SB Soulen M Tanaka M Vogl T Wood B Solbiati L . Thermal ablation of colorectal liver metastases: a position paper by an international panel of ablation experts, The Interventional Oncology Sans Frontières meeting 2013. Eur Radiol. 2015 Dec;25(12):3438-54
[PubMed ID: 25994193]
Abel EJ Heckman JE Hinshaw L Best S Lubner M Jarrard DF Downs TM Nakada SY Lee FT Jr Huang W Ziemlewicz T . Multi-Quadrant Biopsy Technique Improves Diagnostic Ability in Large Heterogeneous Renal Masses. J Urol. 2015 Oct;194(4):886-91
[PubMed ID: 25837535]
Meloni MF Smolock A Cantisani V Bezzi M D'Ambrosio F Proiti M Lee F Aiani L Calliada F Ferraioli G . Contrast enhanced ultrasound in the evaluation and percutaneous treatment of hepatic and renal tumors. Eur J Radiol. 2015 Sep;84(9):1666-74
[PubMed ID: 26094868]
Wells SA Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Ziemlewicz TJ Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Liver Ablation: Best Practice. Radiol Clin North Am. 2015 Sep;53(5):933-71
[PubMed ID: 26321447]
Moreland AJ Lubner MG Ziemlewicz TJ Kitchin DR Hinshaw JL Johnson AD Lee FT Jr Brace CL . Evaluation of a thermoprotective gel for hydrodissection during percutaneous microwave ablation: in vivo results. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2015 Jun;38(3):722-30
[PubMed ID: 25394594]
Prince J Bultman E Hinshaw L Drewry A Blute M Best S Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz T Lubner M Shi F Nakada SY Abel EJ . Patient and tumor characteristics can predict nondiagnostic renal mass biopsy findings. J Urol. 2015 Jun;193(6):1899-904
[PubMed ID: 25498574]
Potretzke TA Brace CL Lubner MG Sampson LA Willey BJ Lee FT Jr . Early small-bowel ischemia: dual-energy CT improves conspicuity compared with conventional CT in a swine model. Radiology. 2015 Apr;275(1):119-26
[PubMed ID: 25426772]
Smolock AR Lubner MG Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Kitchin DR Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Microwave ablation of hepatic tumors abutting the diaphragm is safe and effective. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Jan;204(1):197-203
[PubMed ID: 25539257]
Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Brace CL Alexander ML Agarwal P Lee FT Jr . Percutaneous microwave ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma with a gas-cooled system: initial clinical results with 107 tumors. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2015 Jan;26(1):62-8
[PubMed ID: 25446425]
Chiang J Willey BJ Del Rio AM Hinshaw JL Lee FT Brace CL . Predictors of thrombosis in hepatic vasculature during microwave tumor ablation of an in vivo porcine model. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Dec;25(12):1965-1971.e2
[PubMed ID: 25255704]
Ahmed M Solbiati L Brace CL Breen DJ Callstrom MR Charboneau JW Chen MH Choi BI de Baère T Dodd GD 3rd Dupuy DE Gervais DA Gianfelice D Gillams AR Lee FT Jr Leen E Lencioni R Littrup PJ Livraghi T Lu DS McGahan JP Meloni MF Nikolic B Pereira PL Liang P Rhim H Rose SC Salem R Sofocleous CT Solomon SB Soulen MC Tanaka M Vogl TJ Wood BJ Goldberg SN . Image-guided tumor ablation: standardization of terminology and reporting criteria--a 10-year update. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Nov;25(11):1691-705.e4
[PubMed ID: 25442132]
Ziemlewicz TJ Wells SA Lubner MA Musat AI Hinshaw JL Cohn AR Lee FT Jr . Microwave ablation of giant hepatic cavernous hemangiomas. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2014 Oct;37(5):1299-305
[PubMed ID: 25023180]
Lubner MG Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Sampson LA Brace CL . Creation of short microwave ablation zones: in vivo characterization of single and paired modified triaxial antennas. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Oct;25(10):1633-40
[PubMed ID: 25156644]