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Dr Nicholas Burfitt, Consultant Radiologist

Specialist Details
Full name

Dr Nicholas Burfitt


FRCR MRCS England MB B.Chir MB BSc (Hons)


Consultant Radiologist


Radiology, Radiology

Site specialisation

Embolization, Vascular and Urological Intervention

Site specialisation 2

Urological and General Diagnostic Imaging

Clinical interests

Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). 
Following training in Lisbon with Dr Pisco, the originator of PAE, in 2015 Nick started the PAE programme at Imperial and was the site primary operator for the UK-ROPE study which has recently led to NICE approval of PAE. 
Nick is expert in the use of embolization throughout the body: varicocele embolization, uterine fibroid embolization, treatment gastrointestinal or traumatic bleeding. 
He is currently developing Musculoskeletal Embolization (MSKE) for chronic tendon and joint pain at Imperial having travelled to Japan recently to observe this new technique. 
Other areas of expertise: 
deep venous stenting with intravascular ultrasound,  peripheral arterial angioplasty and stenting, complex aortic aneurysm endovascular repair, venous access for oncology/dialysis, endo-urological intervention. 

Background Information

Following a Biochemistry degree at Imperial College, Nick worked in the City for Credit Lyonnaise Rouse before taking up full-time training with the British Olympic Rowing Team. 
After this break from work, he decided to study medicine, qualifying from Cambridge in 1997. Nick completed surgical training at St George's hospital, then transferred to St Mary's Hospital for radiology training with an Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Charing Cross, where he became a Consultant in 2008. 
At Imperial he has focused on developing new services: fenestrated EVAR, venous stenting, Prostate Artery Embolization and more recently Musculoskeletal Embolization for chronic tendon and joint pain.

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Regular Cromwell clinics


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Mon: Tue: Wed: Thurs: Fri: Sat:

Appointments telephone number

(0)7739 114780

Additional Career Information
Year qualified



British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) 
Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE)

NHS hospitals

Charing Cross


Terumo Aortic® consultant and complex aneurysm endovascular repair proctor

Research interests

Musculoskeletal Embolization for chronic tendon and joint pain 
Prostate Artery Embolization ? UK-ROPE site primary operator at Imperial.

Key published papers

Efficacy and safety of prostate artery embolization for benign prostatic hyperplasia: an observational study and propensity-matched comparison with transurethral resection of the prostate (the UK-ROPE study). Ray AF, Powell J, Speakman MJ, Longford NT, DasGupta R, Bryant T, Dyer J, Harris M, Carolan-Rees G, Hacking N BJU Int. 2018 Apr 12. doi: 10.1111/bju.14249 (N Burfitt was the named primary operator performing all PAEs at Imperial for this multi-centre study) 
Embolization of uterine arteriovenous malformations in patients with gestational trophoblastic tumors: a review of patients at Charing Cross Hospital, 2000-2009. McGrath S, Harding V, Lim AK, Burfitt N, Seckl MJ, Savage P. J Reprod Med. 2012 Jul-Aug;57(7-8):319-24. 
Operative and 1-Year Outcomes of the Custom-Made Fenestrated Anaconda Aortic Stent Graft-A UK Multicenter Study. Colgan FE, Bungay PM, Burfitt N, Hatrick A, Clarke MJ, Davies AH, Jenkins M, Gerrard D, Quarmby JW, Williams R. Ann Vasc Surg. 2018 Jan;46:257-264. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2017.05.027. Epub 2017 Jun 12. 
Long-term results of intra-arterial onyx injection for type II endoleaks following endovascular aneurysm repair.Ribé L, Bicknell CD, Gibbs RG, Burfitt N, Jenkins MP, Cheshire N, Hamady M. Vascular. 2017 Jun;25(3):266-271 
Total preservation of patency and valve function after percutaneous pharmacomechanical thrombolysis using the Trellis®-8 system for an acute, extensive deep venous thrombosis.  Wormald JR, Lane TR, Herbert PE, Ellis M, Burfitt NJ, Franklin IJ. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 Mar;94(2) 


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