Dr Julene Carvalho is a consultant fetal cardiologist and is head of the Royal Brompton Centre for Fetal Cardiology, where she treats both private and NHS patients.
She graduated with honours in Brazil, and completed her initial training in cardiology in São Paulo.
Following that, she came to London where she completed her training in paediatric cardiology and obtained her PhD.
She subsequently specialised in imaging the fetal heart throughout pregnancy (fetal cardiology) and since 1999, her work has been focused on this area.
Dr Julene Carvalho has extensive experience in imaging the fetal heart and counselling families ‘at risk of’ or ‘affected with’ fetal congenital heart disease (CHD).
She pioneered the use of transabdominal fetal echocardiography in the first trimester of pregnancy and is known for her expertise in early scans.
Alongside obstetricians and obstetric ultrasonographers, she works to improve recognition of congenital heart disease before birth, get better results and improve diagnosis.