RB&HH’s Female Leaders in cardiac and respiratory care

RB&HH Specialist Care has a wide range of specialists and support staff who are diligent, professional and understanding. These include a range of talented female consultants who are leaders in cardiac and respiratory care. We are proud to have them on our team and available to help those patients who request a female doctor to care for them.



Dr Aigul Baltabaeva
Consultant cardiologist
Non-invasive consultant cardiologist who provides front line clinical care for in and out-patients in general cardiology as well as high-end imaging such as Echocardiography (including complex modalities such as TOE, Stress Echocardiography, Trans-cranial Doppler, 3D, Strain/Strain Rate and Contrast Imaging); also Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


Dr Shelley Rahman Haley
Consultant cardiologist
Consultant cardiologist with a particular interest in adult heart valve disease, particularly complex mitral and aortic valve disease and transoesophageal echocardiography and has an interest in cardio-oncology, or heart problems in cancer patients, often those who are undergoing chemotherapy or other treatment which may affect the heart.


“I work with breast cancer patients, many of whom are
mothers of young children, and I think it can be helpful
for them to be able to discuss their fears with another
woman, who is also a mother.”


Dr Sabine Ernst
Consultant cardiologist
Consultant cardiologist, focused on catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias with a special emphasis on atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.




Dr Rebecca Lane
Consultant cardiologist
Consultant interventional cardiologist with extensive experience in managing patients with coronary artery disease, valve disease, heart failure and arrhythmias. Dr Lane also developed and runs the rapid access heart failure service at Harefield.



Dr Abtehale Al-Hussaini
Consultant cardiologist
General and interventional consultant cardiologist with interest in percutaneous coronary angioplasty, cardiac imaging including CT and MRI. She also specialises in acute and general medicine and has a broad clinical interest in general cardiology with extensive experience in treating coronary artery disease including percutaneous procedures and cardiac and vascular disease in women.


Cardiac Surgery

Ms Rashmi Yadav
Consultant cardiac surgeon
Consultant cardiac surgeon with special interest in minimally invasive coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, total arterial sequential grafting using bilateral IMA (internal mammary artery), and endoscopic conduit harvesting.



Thoracic Surgery

Ms Emma Beddow
Consultant thoracic surgeon
Consultant thoracic surgeon with special expertise in lung cancer surgery, major airway surgery and stenting, mediastinal tumours, metastatectomy, benign and malignant pleural disease and pectus surgery

“In my first year as a qualified doctor I did six months in cardiothoracic surgery and was mesmerised. I realised how hard it would be though – there were very few female cardiothoracic  surgeons.”


Respiratory Medicine

Dr Alanna Hare
Consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine
Consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine with specialist interest in sleep disorders including sleep apnoea, the restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia and parasomnias and runs specialist clinics in sleep disorders, respiratory failure and domiciliary ventilation.


Professor Anita Simonds
Professor in respiratory and sleep medicine
Professor in respiratory and sleep medicine with particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea.




Paediatric Cardiology

Dr Nitha Naqvi
Paediatric cardiologist
Paediatric cardiologist, lead in paediatric echocardiography, and paediatric cardiac network lead.

“Paediatrics was the perfect speciality for me, as I love being with children. I  hose cardiology because the heart is the most fascinating organ in the body. There are many times when it can actually be an advantage to be a female paediatric cardiologist. Teenage girls, in particular, often prefer to see a woman especially to perform echocardiograms (heart scans).”

Dr Jan Till
Paediatric cardiologist
Dr Till has a special interest in childhood arrhythmia and runs a clinical service for families with
channelopathies. She also specialises in electrophysiology and insertion of pacemakers in children.



Dr Beverly Tsai-Goodman
Consultant paediatric and fetal cardiologist
Consultant paediatric and fetal cardiologist with main interest in detecting abnormalities of the fetal heart as early as 15–16 weeks gestation as well as managing new-born infants and children with congenital heart defects.