Dr Margarita Burmester is an accomplished consultant paediatric specialist based in London. She practices in the NHS and also works privately from the Chiswick Medical Centre offering child health surveillance and health check ups through the innovative UK Bright Futures programme. She is trained in child health education, health screening and surveillance, preventative care, paediatric cardiac intensive care and paediatric critical care.
Dr Burmester completed her medical degree from the University of London in 1989. She has worked at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University, USA.. She received her postgraduate certification in clinical education from Kings College University London in 2016, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd).
Dr Burmester works privately at the Chiswick Medical Centre and also at the Harley Street Clinic (Intensive care).
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 passionate about preventing ill health, and is co founder and director of the UK Bright Futures programme, an extensive all-encompassing health surveillance and screening programme based on the American Academy of Pediatrics model. She aims to maximise 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.