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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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University Hospital
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial
UnityPoint Health - Meriter

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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, Worcester, MA
Medical School Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

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PubMed Articles
Pohlman RM Varghese T Jiang J Ziemlewicz TJ Alexander ML Wergin KL Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Wells SA Lee FT Jr Comparison of Displacement Tracking Algorithms for in Vivo Electrode Displacement Elastography. Ultrasound Med Biol . 2018 Oct 11;
[PubMed ID: 30318122]
Maciolek KA Abel EJ Best SL Emamekhoo H Averill SL Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Wells SA Percutaneous microwave ablation for local control of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 Sep;43(9):2446-2454
[PubMed ID: 29464274]
Smolock AR Cristescu MM Hinshaw A Woo KM Wells SA Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Dalvie PS Louis Hinshaw J Brace CL Ozkan OS Lee FT Jr Laeseke P Combination transarterial chemoembolization and microwave ablation improves local tumor control for 3- to 5-cm hepatocellular carcinoma when compared with transarterial chemoembolization alone. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 Sep;43(9):2497-2504
[PubMed ID: 29450606]
Smolock AR Cristescu MM Vlaisavljevich E Gendron-Fitzpatrick A Green C Cannata J Ziemlewicz TJ Lee FT Jr Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy as a Noninvasive Nonthermal Ablation Modality: Proof of Concept in a Porcine Liver Model. Radiology . 2018 May;287(2):485-493
[PubMed ID: 29381870]
Macoskey JJ Zhang X Hall TL Shi J Beig SA Johnsen E Lee FT Jr Cain CA Xu Z Bubble-Induced Color Doppler Feedback Correlates with Histotripsy-Induced Destruction of Structural Components in Liver Tissue. Ultrasound Med Biol . 2018 Mar;44(3):602-612
[PubMed ID: 29329687]
Miller BL Mankowski Gettle L Van Roo JR Ziemlewicz TJ Best SL Wells SA Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Nakada SY Huang W Abel EJ Comparative Analysis of Surgery, Thermal Ablation, and Active Surveillance for Renal Oncocytic Neoplasms. Urology . 2018 Feb;112:92-97
[PubMed ID: 29030073]
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 Oct;40(10):1609-1616
[PubMed ID: 28497186]
Agarwal PD Phillips P Hillman L Lucey MR Lee F Mezrich JD Said A Multidisciplinary Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Improves Access to Therapy and Patient Survival. J Clin Gastroenterol . 2017 Oct;51(9):845-849
[PubMed ID: 28877082]
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 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]