John Pilling completed his undergraduate medical training in Nottingham and entered basic surgical training in Leicester. Following time in research at the Glenfield Hospital, he completed his training in thoracic surgery in London (Royal Brompton Hospital, London Chest Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Guy’s Hospital). He currently provides outpatient clinics at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading and William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent.


Specialist interests

Risk assessment in lung cancer surgery

Pleural effusion

Pulmonary metastasectomy

Minimally invasive thoracic surgery


Research interests

Malignant pleural effusion

High risk lung cancer surgery

Malignant Mesothelioma



  •  Astra Charnwood Prize for Outstanding Honours Year Project (1997).
  •  Nottingham Medical-Chirugical Society President’s Student Prize (2000).
  •  Hargadon Prize for Audit, Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (2002)
  •  Finalist, Young Investigator of the Year, EACTS (2003)
  •  Young Investigator of the Year, American College of Chest Physicians (2003)


Original Articles

  1. TanC,UtleyM,PaschalidesC,PillingJ,RobbJD,Harrison-PhippsKM,Lang- Lazdunski L and Treasure T. A Prospective Randomized Controlled Study to Assess the Effectiveness of CoSeal® to Seal Air Leaks in Lung Surgery. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011; In Press.
  2. PillingJE,DusmetME,LadasGandGoldstrawP.Prognosticfactorsforsurvival following surgical palliation of malignant pleural effusion. J Thorac Oncol. 2010; 5(10): 1544 – 1550.
  3. PillingJ,DartnellJandLang-LazdunskiL.IntegratedPositronEmission Tomography-Computed Tomography does not accurately stage the intrathoracic disease of patients undergoing trimodality therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 58(4): 215 – 219.
  4. TanC,BarringtonS,RankinS,LandauD,PillingJ,SpicerJ,CanePandLang- Lazdunski L. Role of Integrated 18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Position Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography in Patients Surveillance after Multimodality Therapy of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. J Thorac
  5. LLang-lazdunskiandJPilling.Videothoracoscopicexcisionofmediastinalcysts and tumours using the harmonic scalpel. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008; 56: 278 – 282.
  6. AEMartin-Ucar,ANakas,JEPillingandDAWallerAcase-matchedstudyof anatomical segmentectomy versus lobectomy for stage I lung cancer in high risk patients. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2005; 24(7): 675 - 679.
  7. J.E.Pilling, D.J.tewart, S.Muller, A.E. Martin-Ucar and D.A.Waller. The case for routine mediastinoscopy prior to radical resection of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2004; 25(4): 497-501.
  8. D.J.Stewart, A.E.Martin-Ucar, J.E.Pilling, J.G.Edwards ,K.J.O’Byrne and D.A.Waller. The effect of extent of local resection on patterns of disease progression in malignant pleural mesothelioma. Ann Thorac Surg 2004; 78: 245-252. JEPilling,
  9. A.E.Martin-Ucar and D.A.Waller. Salvage Intensive Care follow inginitial recovery from pulmonary resection. Is it justified? Ann Thorac Surg 2004; 77(3): 1039-1044.


Book Chapters and Reviews

  1. M Scarci,J Pilling,K Harrison-Phipps,C Tennyson and T Routledge.Right upper video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for early stage lung cancer. Multi Media Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2010; doi: 10.1510/mmcts.2009.004333
  2. A Chambers,T Routledge, J Pilling and M Scarci.In elderly patients with lung cancer is resection justified in terms of morbidity, mortality and residual quality of life? Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010: 10(6): 1015-1021.
  3. J.Pilling and P.Goldstraw. Surgical Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma Metastatic to the Thorax. In: T Eisen and T Christmas, eds. Clinical Progress in Renal Cell Carcinoma. London: Taylor and Francis, 2007 130 - 142.
  4. J.Pilling and P.Goldstraw. Surgical Emergencies: Spontaneous Oesophageal Rupture. Brit J Hosp Med. 2007: 68(12); M202 - 205.


Case Reports

  1. AAbbas,NRichmond,DJMcCormack,BThava,SReddy,CWHDaviesandJE Pilling. A 27 year old man presenting with acute chest pain and dyspnoea. Chest. 2009; 135: 1684 - 7.
  2. JDartnell,JPilling,PCane,RFernerandLLang-Lazdunski.Malignanttriton tumour of the brachial plexus invading the left thoracic inlet: A rare differential diagnosis of Pancoast tumor. J Thorac Onc. 2009; 4(1): 135-137.
  3. PSharma,JEPillingandWIAwad.Cerebralairembolismfollowingnon-invasive ventilation post pulmonary wedge resection. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007; 134: 262-3.
  4. JEPilling,AGNicholson,CHarmerandPGoldstraw.Prolongedsurvivaldueto spontaneous regression and surgical excision of malignant mesothelioma. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007;83:314-315 5. J.Phadnis, J.E.Pilling,T.W.Evans and P.Goldstraw. Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: A rare complication of plication of the diaphragm. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006; 82: 334-336.



  1. LLang-Lazdunski and J.E.Pilling.Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is still the gold standard. BMJ. 2007; 334: 273




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