Mr Vladimir Anikin received his thoracic surgical oncology training at PA Hertzen Cancer Research Institute in Moscow in the early 1980s. During his training, he championed a thesis entitled 'Multiple Primary Tumours of the Lung' and subsequently published a book on the subject.
He worked as a thoracic and general surgeon in the north of Russia and was appointed as a senior researcher in the Medical Radiological Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, with the main clinical focus of oesophageal surgery. He continued in this post until his move to the UK in the early 1990s.
After moving to the UK, Mr Anikin worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and in 2000 was appointed as a consultant in the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and then also at the Leeds General Infirmary.
He continued there until 2007 when he was offered a position as consultant thoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital.