Dr Ameet Bakhai
MBBS, FRCP, MESH, FESC, FHFA
"I love helping people strengthen their heart function and reduce the risk of future problems, with a positive, passionate, methodical approach while sharing confidence, calm and great health outcomes."
Qualified from St Bartholomew's and Royal Brompton Hospitals in London, and a Harvard Scholar, Dr Bakhai is a cutting edge, front line Consultant Cardiologist, Physician & Research Director at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2004. He has a passion for improving the lives of his patients, supporting his teams and leading research and innovation in health care.
Dr Bakhai is one of the few cardiologists to be jointly accredited as a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, the Royal College of Physicians, the European Heart Failure Association and the European Society of Hypertension which are achieved only having excellence in all these fields. Through his pioneering research and innovation efforts, he has published over 80 key papers in cardiology and is internationally renowned for his ability to harness new innovations as well as helping design better treatment pathways for patients and primary care physicians.
Dr Bakhai is available to see patients with a range of cardiac symptoms including chest pain or aches, palpitations, breathlessness, tiredness, leg swelling, high blood pressure, fast and slow heart beats, blackouts or collapses, tiredness, anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression related to heart disease. He also assesses the cardiovascular fitness to undergo surgery especially hip and knee joint replacements and spinal procedures.
His work at the National Royal Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore to carefully risk assess and optimise over 500 cardiac patients in the first year, before joint surgery referred by his anaesthetic and orthopaedic colleagues, has been instrumental in bringing to zero emergency cardiac deaths, heart attacks and strokes. He is also increasing helping people understand the risks and benefits of medications like statins, warfarin, newer blood thinners such as novel oral anti-coagulants and blood pressure medications and often is able to help review medications to reduce these where appropriate or switch to newer, safer choices. His knowledge is up to date because of his strong research interests and he frequently teaches other consultants and GPs about the latest treatment advances. He is often amongst the first to have access to new treatments and was the first to prescribe the new drug Entresto in Europe. His expertise includes the management of conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, angina, heart attacks, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, cardiac valve disease, cardiac syncope, lipid and blood pressure lowering, anaesthetic fitness and reducing cardiovascular risk factors, but he is also an excellent general physician and advises on diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea and general fitness. He does prevention work with large corporates and ran the health checks programme in London screening over 18,000 people. His calm, positive approach is engaging, inspires confidence and motivates people to better health and lifestyle choices. His very comprehensive assessment and taking the time to explain diagnoses, tests and treatment required, as well as considering alternative options has been commended on and he won the Patient Champion Award at Barnet Hospital amongst all staff there.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ameet Bakhai at Spire include:
Dr Ameet Bakhai also works with Pacemakers, including the reprogramming and removal of the pacing system without bypass (including leads).
Spire Bushey Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
MBBS / St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School and University College London / 1990
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
MRCP / Royal College of Physicians (London) / 1993
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
An advanced degree achieved through both exams and demonstration of excellence in Medicine in the UK.
FRCP / Royal College of Physicians (London) / 2008
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
An advanced degree achieved through both exams and demonstration of excellence in Medicine in the UK. Fellows are international leads in their field and have to be selected to receive the award.
MD / Harvard Medical School and University College London / 2010
Doctorate in Medicine
Awarded from work as a scholar at Harvard Medical School and University College London for advanced research on Health Economics of treating Acute Coronary Syndromes
FESC, MESH, FHFA / Europe / 2011
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Member of the European Society of Hypertension & Fellow of the Heart Failure Association.
An elite honour, I have been awarded fellowship of the ESC and a qualified Fellow of the Heart Failure Association and Member of the European Society of Hypertension. These awards demonstrate that I have undertaken extensive work, innovation and published research in these fields to achieve and show my expertise amongst international leaders. This combination of expertise is quite rare and attests to my expertise in many fields within cardiology.
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology
Fellow of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC
Member of the European Society of Hypertension
Member of the British Society of Heart Failure
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).
Member of the British Cardiac Society
Consultant Physician and Cardiologist, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Research Deputy Director, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Heart Function Improvement Lead, Barnet General Hospital
Clinical Research Fellow, Harvard Clinical Research Institute.
Dr Bakhai has a warm bedside manner and communication style that has won him the Barnet Patient Champion award from the entire medical staff body in 2011 in addition to various community service awards for his educational work outside the hospital. He is a passionate, intelligent, capable physician and a research lead involved with clinical trials of the latest therapies, devices and assays. This allows him to successfully manage complex and difficult cases effectively and often innovatively with expertise of the latest pharmacotherapies.
Dr Bakhai speaks English, Gujarati and some Hindi, enjoys badminton, tennis, skiing and family breaks in Spain. He is a Jain by birth and deeds, including being a vegetarian.