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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


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

PubMed Articles
Yang W Varghese T Ziemlewicz T Alexander M Lubner M Hinshaw JL Wells S Lee FT Jr . Delineation of Post-Procedure Ablation Regions with Electrode Displacement Elastography with a Comparison to Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017 Sep;43(9):1953-1962
[PubMed ID: 28595851]
Klapperich ME Abel EJ Ziemlewicz TJ Best S Lubner MG Nakada SY Hinshaw JL Brace CL Lee FT Jr Wells SA . Effect of Tumor Complexity and Technique on Efficacy and Complications after Percutaneous Microwave Ablation of Stage T1a Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Single-Center, Retrospective Study. Radiology. 2017 Jul;284(1):272-280
[PubMed ID: 28076721]
Wells SA Wong VK Wittmann TA Lubner MG Best SL Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Abel EJ . Renal mass biopsy and thermal ablation: should biopsy be performed before or during the ablation procedure? Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Jun;42(6):1773-1780
[PubMed ID: 28184961]
Carberry GA Nocerino E Cristescu MM Smolock AR Lee FT Jr Brace CL . Microwave Ablation of the Lung in a Porcine Model: Vessel Diameter Predicts Pulmonary Artery Occlusion. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2017 May 11;
[PubMed ID: 28497186]
Carberry GA Smolock AR Cristescu M Wells SA Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Safety and Efficacy of Percutaneous Microwave Hepatic Ablation Near the Heart. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Apr;28(4):490-497
[PubMed ID: 28190707]
Graffy P Loomis SB Pickhardt PJ Lubner MG Kitchin DR Lee FT Jr Hinshaw JL . Pulmonary Intraparenchymal Blood Patching Decreases the Rate of Pneumothorax-Related Complications following Percutaneous CT-Guided Needle Biopsy. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Apr;28(4):608-613.e1
[PubMed ID: 28185770]
Carberry GA Nocerino E Mason PJ Schwahn DJ Hetzel S Turnquist AM Lee FT Jr Brace CL . Pulmonary Microwave Ablation Near the Heart: Antenna Positioning Can Mitigate Cardiac Complications in a Porcine Model. Radiology. 2017 Mar;282(3):892-902
[PubMed ID: 27732159]
Meloni MF Chiang J Laeseke PF Dietrich CF Sannino A Solbiati M Nocerino E Brace CL Lee FT Jr . Microwave ablation in primary and secondary liver tumours: technical and clinical approaches. Int J Hyperthermia. 2017 Feb;33(1):15-24
[PubMed ID: 27416729]
Kleedehn M Kim DH Lee FT Lubner MG Robbins JB Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL . Preoperative Pulmonary Nodule Localization: A Comparison of Methylene Blue and Hookwire Techniques. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Dec;207(6):1334-1339
[PubMed ID: 27657546]
Yang W Ziemlewicz TJ Varghese T Alexander ML Rubert N Ingle AN Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Wells SA Lee FT Jr Zagzebski JA . Post-Procedure Evaluation of Microwave Ablations of Hepatocellular Carcinomas Using Electrode Displacement Elastography. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2016 Dec;42(12):2893-2902
[PubMed ID: 27592561]
Chiang J Cristescu M Lee MH Moreland A Hinshaw JL Lee FT Brace CL . Effects of Microwave Ablation on Arterial and Venous Vasculature after Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Radiology. 2016 Nov;281(2):617-624
[PubMed ID: 27257951]
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]