Lunxu Liu, MD

West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Professor Lunxu Liu is the Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, West China Hospital of Sichuan University. He received his MD degree and PhD degree at West China University of Medical Sciences. He is considered a pioneer in performing complete video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for lung cancer in Mainland China. He raised the concept of “single-direction VATS lobectomy”, which made VATS lobectomy more concise and easier to learn and was widely used by most Chinese thoracic surgeons. He developed the novel method of “suction-compressing angiorrhaphy technique (SCAT)” for troubleshooting vascular injury during anatomic thoracoscopic pulmonary resection without conversion to thoracotomy. He also completed the first series of thoracoscopic bronchovascular double-sleeve lobectomy in the world. As project leader, Professor Liu received the first prize of Sichuan Province Science and Technology Progress Award and the Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award, respectively, for his great efforts and achievements in minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

Professor Liu is currently a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). He serves as Vice-chair of the Chinese Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS). He is also Chair of the Experts Committee on Minimally Invasive Surgery of CATS. Meanwhile, he is Deputy Leader of both the Thoracoscopic Surgery Study Group and the Lung Cancer Study Group of the Chinese Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Besides, he has also taken up several leadership roles in multiple academic societies.

Professor Liu’s major clinical and research interests include minimally invasive thoracic surgery and lung cancer. He has been in charge of more than 10 projects funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and other foundations. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters. He also sits on the Editorial Board of Thoracic Cancer, Journal of Thoracic Disease, and several other academic journals. He has served as a chairman and member of the program committee for multiple international or national meetings, and he has delivered more than 30 live operation demonstrations at these meetings.

Savvas Lampridis, MD, MSc

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

Research interests: thoracic surgical oncology, thoracic trauma, military medicine, translational cardiovascular medicine, surgical education and simulation, health policy

Dr. Savvas Lampridis is a cardiothoracic surgeon and Major in the Greek Army Medical Corps, with a particular focus on minimally invasive surgery and military medicine. His medical journey began at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, followed by graduation with honors from the Military Medical Academy of Greece. His surgical training spanned Greece and the UK, including esteemed institutions like the Royal Brompton Hospital and University College London Hospital. After completing his specialty training in cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Lampridis worked at the leading UK centres, including the Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. His commitment to continuous learning is evident through his master’s degrees in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (University of Bristol, UK) and Health Policy and Planning (Open University of Cyprus), both achieved with Distinction.

A prolific contributor to the medical field, Dr. Lampridis has authored over 50 publications in leading journals and has presented his research at numerous international conferences. He serves on the editorial board of multiple peer-reviewed journals and has guest-edited several special issues. In addition, he has peer-reviewed more than 300 articles published in over 70 biomedical journals, further demonstrating his dedication to the advancement of medical knowledge.

Beyond his clinical practice, Dr. Lampridis is an active member of several professional societies, including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). As a passionate medical educator, he has taught diverse audiences, developed educational materials, and organized courses ranging from basic surgical skills to advanced minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Lampridis’ steadfast commitment to patient care, research, and training is aimed toward continually advancing the field of cardiothoracic surgery. As an editorial board member of Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery, his goal is to disseminate impactful research globally and further the educational mission of the journal.