Dr Margarita Burmester is an accomplished consultant paediatric preventative care and intensive care specialist working privately from the Harley Street Clinic, specialising in paediatric cardiac intensive care, paediatric critical care, child health education, health screening and surveillance.
Dr Burmester completed her medical degree from the University of London in 1989 and has worked at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She received her postgraduate certification in clinical education from Kings College London in 2016, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd).
Alongside her private practice, she is currently the lead consultant paediatric intensivist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where she treats private and NHS patients. Dr Burmester has been at the Brompton since 2002, with a two-year sabbatical as a consultant at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2008, she founded the SPRinT (Simulated Interprofessional Team Training) programme at the Royal Brompton hospital to enhance patient care and interprofessional simulated team training. This award-winning, patient safety educational programme now trains over 100 interprofessional staff each year. She led innovative research into new models targeted to simulated cardiac emergency training, including the patented Harley and TOM open chest models. In 2018 she was appointed "Q" fellow by the Health Foundation UK, following recognition of her multiple quality improvement initiatives.
Dr Burmester is also a senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London.
Dr Burmester is co founder and director of The Bright Futures Programme (BFP), an extensive all-encompassing surveillance and screening health programme maximising children's health thereby enabling them to look forward to their brightest future possible.
She has published multiple articles, delivered numerous lectures and workshops, and is a co-recipient of a Wellcome Trust award.