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Recommended by 9 specialists
31 years of experience
Congenital Heart Disease, General (Internal) Medicine, Interventional Cardiology + 1 more

Dr Malik, Consultant Cardiologist, is based in London has over 25 years of experience. He was promoted to Consultant Cardiologist at St Marys Hospital in 2003. He continues to practise at St Mary’s as well as Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals, Imperial College Hospitals and works within private practices as well. Additionally, he was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College in 2003.

He was appointed Clinical Lead for the Heart Attack Programme in 2010, a year later he was appointed Director at Hammersmith Hospital for the Cardiac Catheter Laboratories. Dr Malik is involved in many programmes with the Hammersmith NHS trust, leading the large Heart Attack Centre (HAC) program at this NHS Trust, delivering the best treatment available to patients in West London. On top of this, he has been appointed the Director of Structural Heart Disease at Hammersmith Hospital. He continues to contribute to the education of his colleagues by performing "live cases" to physicians around the world. 

It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.

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Recommended by 3 specialists
27 years of experience
Electrophysiology, General (Internal) Medicine, Heart Muscle Disease/Cardiomyopathy

Dr Rakesh Sharma is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital and Cardiology Lead for Cardiac Sarcoidosis.

He qualified in 1995 with triple honours from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College

London) and was Proxime Accesit to the University of London Gold Medal. He underwent postgraduate training at tertiary centres in London.

Dr Sharma was awarded a British Heart Foundation fellowship to study his PhD in cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. For his research, he won the Young Investigator Prize at the American Heart Association.

He has specialist expertise in:

· heart failure

· advanced pacing (including the implantation of biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators)

· cardiac sarcoidosis

· cardio-oncology.

Research interests

Dr Rakesh Sharma has an active research programme in cardiac sarcoidosis, heart failure and complex device therapy.


Dr Rakesh Sharma is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including original papers, reviews, editorials, abstracts and book chapters.


Dr Rakesh Sharma is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Heart failure
  • Advanced pacing (including the implantation of biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators)
  • Cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Cardio-oncology
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Recommended by 5 specialists
35 years of experience
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), General (Internal) Medicine, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease

Dr Helen Fidler has been a consultant gastroenterologist since 1998 and has overseen the substantial expansion of her gastroenterology department since then. She has a wealth of clinical experience and has a particular interest in investigating abdominal symptoms.

Her expertise covers a range of areas including:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Specialist dietician advice
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy and psychological support
  • Luminal gastroenterology
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Anaemia
  • Suspected food intolerances
  • Dyspepsia and reflux symptoms
  • Early diagnosis of cancers
  • Abnormal liver blood tests

Dr Fidler earned a first-class medical degree from Guy's Hospital in 1987 before training in centres of excellence in London, including University College Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital. She has research interests in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the effect these conditions have on a patient's quality of life. Unusually, she has a particular interest in the anxious patient and has developed a multidisciplinary team to support patients who would benefit from a holistic approach to care.

Dr Fidler also has national roles and is an elected member of the BMA Council and Deputy Chair of the BMA UK Consultants Committee.

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Recommended by 6 specialists
18 years of experience
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Clinical Pharmacology, General (Internal) Medicine + 4 more

Dr. Rishi Goel is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and an expert in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Within the field, his clinical interests include therapeutic endoscopy, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, wireless video capsule endoscopy and the management of orofacial granulomatosis (Oral Crohn's disease).

After qualifying from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Medical School, Dr. Goel undertook specialist Gastroenterology training in 2008 and gained extensive medical experience working in hospitals around London and the South East. He previously worked in Australia, India, and Japan on medical attachments. In 2012, whilst at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, he spent 3 years participating in research investigating the Genetics and Microbiology of Crohn's disease.

Dr. Goel has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has written a textbook chapter. He plays an active role in clinical research and is a principal investigator in multiple trials testing new Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatments.

Outside of work, Dr. Goel enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He is a keen traveler, squash player and particularly enjoys amateur film making and motor racing.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Enteral Nutrition (tube)
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • FibroScan (Transient Elastography)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Video Consultation
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Parenteral Nutrition (via drip)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Polypectomy
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Screening for polyps/ cancer
  • Wireless pH capsule for acid reflux monitoring
  • Video Consultation


  • Achalasia
  • Cholestasis
  • Colitis (Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • Functional Bowel Disease
  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
  • Hiatus Hernia
  • Jaundice
  • Oesophageal Spasm
  • Polycystic Liver Disease
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Acid Reflux
  • Barrett's Oesophagus
  • Cirrhosis
  • Constipation
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heart Burn
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Oesophagitis
  • Swollen Stomach
  • Bloating
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Food Intolerance
  • Gastric (Stomach) Ulcers
  • Hepatitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver disease
  • pancreatitis
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Conditions (esophagus & stomach)
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Respiratory Medicine
Offers video consultation
Recommended by 6 specialists
18 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine

Dr Ricardo José is a specialist in respiratory medicine working as a Consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

Dr José sees patients with all respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and wheeze.

He has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of chest infections, bronchiectasis, airway disease and pulmonary complications associated with cancer therapy.

Dr José holds a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Manchester, and PhD in Respiratory Infection, Inflammation and Immunity from University College London (UCL). He specialised in both respiratory medicine and general internal medicine as an academic clinical fellow and clinical lecturer at UCL, and was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship to conduct his research. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and is trained in bronchoscopy, endoscopic bronchial ultrasound and thoracic ultrasound.

Until recently Dr José was an elected member of the British Thoracic Society Council, member of the BTS Standards of Care Committee, past member of the BTS Science and Research Committee. He is a member and deputy clinical respiratory immunologist on the North West London sub-regional immunoglobulin assessment panel and Honorary Associate Professor at UCL.

He undertook an observership at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, USA, in 2015 and 2019.

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Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

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Recommended by 3 specialists
18 years of experience

Dr Pooja Gulati is an experienced Consultant in Rheumatology and General Medicine working privately at the Lister Hospital, with an NHS base at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

She is caring and compassionate and adopts a holistic, evidence-based approach to all patients.

Dr Gulati has expertise in a range of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoarthritis, joint and soft tissue injections, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue diseases, vasculitis and sarcoidosis.

Dr Gulati gained her medical degree in 2004 from the University of Birmingham. She became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. Her postgraduate Rheumatology and General Medicine training was extensive - this was undertaken across north-central and west London at a combination of extremely busy district-general and world-renowned teaching hospitals. She gained her MRCP in Rheumatology in 2013 and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2020. In addition she holds a PG Diploma in Clinical Education awarded from UCL in 2019.

Dr Gulati has an active teaching role at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as the undergraduate lead for Rheumatology teaching. She regularly delivers lectures to undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors. She also supervises and mentors junior doctors at all stages of their training within Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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Respiratory Medicine
Recommended by 6 specialists
28 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Dr John Chinegwundoh, Consultant Respiratory Physician, works within several private hospitals in London and Surrey. He is highly specialised in the treatment of post-COVID symptoms (long-COVID), breathlessness, cough, COPD/emphysema, asthma, and any other respiratory condition.

Dr Chinegwundoh began his medical education at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1995 with an award for medicine - the Albert Hopkinson Prize – from his college. He then went on to train in prestigious hospitals across London including the Royal Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Free and University College. He was then awarded a fellowship at Columbia University, whilst he completed his Doctorate in Medicine (MD). Following his training, in 2009 he was appointed to the Senior Chest Consultant position at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He was promoted recently to the Clinical Director for Medicine within the same NHS Trust.

Dr Chinegwundoh Is an active member of the research community, examining the mechanism of the immune system in the lungs, with a specific focus on Covid, cough, asthma, COPD, respiratory infections, and Interstitial Lung Disease. He has also been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and holds several professional positions like being a member of the British Medical Association, and President of the Cambridge Medical Graduates' Society.

Dr Chinegwundoh is a highly experienced physician, who can provide excellent care and much-needed relief, treatment, and improvement to patients suffering from respiratory illness.

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Respiratory Medicine
Recommended by 3 specialists
28 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine

Dr Harsha Kariyawasam is a consultant in allergy and respiratory medicine at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals. He also works with the Phoenix Hospital Group and at the London Nose & Sinus Clinic.

He has expertise in a range of areas including the following:

  • Allergic and non-allergic rhinitis
  • Severe asthma
  • Immunotherapy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food allergy
  • Urticaria
  • Angioedema and allergic eczema

He is also an expert in medical rhinology.

Dr Kariyawasam studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, University of London, before undertaking general medical training in London. His specialist training in allergy, respiratory medicine and rhinology took place over 7 years and was completed at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where he worked as a senior house officer, clinical tutor and specialist registrar.

He went on to undertake airway allergy and disease training at Hammersmith Hospital, general allergy training at St Mary’s Hospital, and skin allergy training at St Thomas Hospital.

In 2008, he earned a PhD thesis prize from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, for his work on allergens in the allergic airways. He continued with further research training in nasal allergy before taking up his consultant post in 2008.

Dr Kariyawasam is an honorary senior lecturer at both the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and University College London.

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Recommended by 3 specialists
23 years of experience
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Dr Edward John Despott, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist, currently works within the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, in the Endoscopy unit. He currently holds the position of Clinical Lead for this unit, as well as Honorary Associate Professor for the University College London (UCL) Institute for Liver and Digestive Health within the same NHS Trust. He is highly experienced in performing device-assisted enteroscopy (double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE)), capsule endoscopy (CE), therapeutic colonoscopy (especially complex polypectomy - EMR and ESD), and transnasal upper GI endoscopy. He also has a wealth of experience in the management and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr Despott has developed his experience by undergoing specialist training in gastroenterology and advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy within the North East Thames Rotation of London Deanery School of Medicine. He has also trained in several other prestigious units including St Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute and abroad in Japan. During his training, he received multiple scholarships to undertake training in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr Despott also undertook a research degree, which resulted in him being awarded an MD(Res) for his work by Imperial College London. He has maintained his interest in research with a plethora of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as him being asked to be a referee for several high impact journals. He is regularly invited as a highly experienced trainer and demonstrator for several international conferences. He is also respected enough within his field to be asked to be a member of the endoscopy guideline and education committees.

You can find out more about Dr Despott at his website

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Respiratory Medicine
Recommended by 3 specialists
19 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine

Dr Susannah Bloch, Consultant Respiratory And General Medical Physician, currently works within the Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust, she also sees patients privately. She is highly experienced in all matters of lung issues including seeing patients who are suffering from the long term effects of COVID-19. During the pandemic, she has gained a wealth of experience dealing with COVID-19 patients and can approach the care of this condition holistically with an aim to full recovery.

Dr Bloch did her medical training at St Mary’s Hospital, before going on to do a research degree at the Royal Brompton Hospital, resulting in her being awarded a PhD for her work. In her current role, she is responsible for all referrals to Imperial for lung cancer, as well as helping to run the respiratory high dependency units.

You can find out more about her from her website:

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