Medical Qualifications

Professor Edward Leen qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics degree from University College Dublin in 1984. This was followed by a Medical Doctorate in 1994. Prof Leen has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (London).

Medical Experience

Prof Leen currently works as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary's NHS hospitals, as well as the Princess Grace Hospital privately. He is also Professor of Radiology at Imperial College London and has over 15 years’ experience in ablative therapies.

He leads a clinical ultrasound group with a focus on microbubble ultrasound assessment. He has a specialist interest in ablative therapies for cancer of the kidneys, liver, lung and pancreas and has established and developed a number of percutaneous ablative therapies including the new cancer treatment, NanoKnife, a thermal-based and irreversible electroporation technique. Alongside his interest in novel oncological ablative therapies, Prof Leen has a particular interest in liver imaging, new diagnostic applications in cancer as well as the development of navigation and robotics for percutaneous ablative therapies. He has a long-standing interest in altered hepatic haemodynamics and micro-metastases.


Professor Edward Leen's Places of Practice


The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place

Articles written by Professor Edward Leen
  • How NanoKnife is used to treat complex cancer cases

    Due to the range of treatment options available to treat cancer, a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach is usually needed to assess each case. Until recently surgery had been the only option for treating cancer of the liver and pancreas however, due to the complexity and proximity of these organs to each other and other vital organs, surgery is often simply not viable. Professor Leen illustrates the potential for Nanoknife with this highly appropriate case study of his patient Mrs MR.

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  • New cancer treatment - NanoKnife

    Over the last twenty years inoperable cancers have been treated using radiofrequency ablation, which in essence uses heat to destroy cancer cells. However, this therapy does have limitations and it cannot be carried out on tumours that are near to major blood vessels or in difficult to treat parts of the body. The new NanoKnife technology uses electrical pulses to destroy cancer cells (electroporation) but leaves surrounding tissue unaffected.

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