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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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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
Knott EA Rose SD Wagner MG Lee FT Jr Radtke J Anderson DR Zlevor AM Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Szczykutowicz TP CT Fluoroscopy for Image-Guided Procedures: Physician Radiation Dose During Full-Rotation and Partial-Angle CT Scanning. J Vasc Interv Radiol . 2021 Jan 4;
[PubMed ID: 33414069]
Longo KC Zlevor AM Laeseke PF Swietlik JF Knott EA Rodgers AC Mao L Zhang X Xu Z Wagner MG Periyasamy S Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Histotripsy Ablations in a Porcine Liver Model: Feasibility of Respiratory Motion Compensation by Alteration of the Ablation Zone Prescription Shape. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol . 2020 Nov;43(11):1695-1701
[PubMed ID: 32676957]
Swietlik JF Knott EA Longo KC Abel EJ Wells SA Lubner MG Laeseke PF McCormick T Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Microwave Ablation of Adrenal Tumors in Patients With Continuous Intra-Arterial Blood Pressure Monitoring Without Prior Alpha-Adrenergic Blockade: Safety and Efficacy. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol . 2020 Sep;43(9):1384-1391
[PubMed ID: 32529338]
Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Knott EA Willey BJ Lee FT Jr Brace CL Radiofrequency and microwave ablation in a porcine liver model: non-contrast CT and ultrasound radiologic-pathologic correlation. Int J Hyperthermia . 2020;37(1):799-807
[PubMed ID: 32620055]
Hui TCH Brace CL Hinshaw JL Quek LHH Huang IKH Kwan J Lim GHT Lee FT Jr Pua U Microwave ablation of the liver in a live porcine model: the impact of power, time and total energy on ablation zone size and shape. Int J Hyperthermia . 2020;37(1):668-676
[PubMed ID: 32552123]
Shapiro DD Wells SA Best SL Hedican SP Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Jarrard DF Richards KA Downs TM Allen GO Nakada SY Abel EJ Comparing Outcomes for Patients with Clinical T1b Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated With Either Percutaneous Microwave Ablation or Surgery. Urology . 2020 Jan;135:88-94
[PubMed ID: 31585198]
Dreyfuss LD Wells SA Best SL Hedican SP Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Nakada SY Abel EJ Development of a Risk-stratified Approach for Follow-up Imaging After Percutaneous Thermal Ablation of Sporadic Stage One Renal Cell Carcinoma. Urology . 2019 Dec;134:148-153
[PubMed ID: 31465794]
Maciolek KA Abel EJ Posielski NM Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Wells SA Tumor location does not impact oncologic outcomes for percutaneous microwave ablation of clinical T1a renal cell carcinoma. Eur Radiol . 2019 Nov;29(11):6319-6329
[PubMed ID: 31016448]
Knott EA Swietlik JF Longo KC Watson RF Green CM Abel EJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Smolock AR Xu Z Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Robotically-Assisted Sonic Therapy for Renal Ablation in a Live Porcine Model: Initial Preclinical Results. J Vasc Interv Radiol . 2019 Aug;30(8):1293-1302
[PubMed ID: 31130365]
Longo KC Knott EA Watson RF Swietlik JF Vlaisavljevich E Smolock AR Xu Z Cho CS Mao L Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST) for Noninvasive Hepatic Ablation in a Porcine Model: Mitigation of Body Wall Damage with a Modified Pulse Sequence. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol . 2019 Jul;42(7):1016-1023
[PubMed ID: 31041527]
Posielski NM Bui A Wells SA Best SL Gettle LM Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Allen GO Nakada SY Abel EJ Risk Factors for Complications and Nondiagnostic Results following 1,155 Consecutive Percutaneous Core Renal Mass Biopsies. J Urol . 2019 Jun;201(6):1080-1087
[PubMed ID: 30741848]
Wagner MG Hinshaw JL Li Y Szczykutowicz TP Laeseke P Mistretta CA Lee FT Jr Ultra-Low Radiation Dose CT Fluoroscopy for Percutaneous Interventions: A Porcine Feasibility Study. Radiology . 2019 Apr;291(1):241-249
[PubMed ID: 30644808]
Swietlik JF Longo KC Knott EA Hinshaw JL Brace CL Alexander M Lubner MG Wells SA Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz TJ Percutaneous Microwave Tumor Ablation Is Safe in Patients with Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices: A Single-Institutional Retrospective Review. J Vasc Interv Radiol . 2019 Mar;30(3):396-400
[PubMed ID: 30819482]
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 . 2019 Jan;45(1):218-232
[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]