Dr Ernst performed her medical training mainly in Germany, but also in the USA (Los Angeles and Boston) and Switzerland.
Her clinical expertise is mostly focused on catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias with a special emphasis on atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
Developing cutting edge electrophysiology services
Before joining Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Ernst was director of the magnetic navigation laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, where she and her team performed pioneering work developing this new technology.
In her current role she is introducing this technology to our Trust and the UK, developing a service offering arrhythmia patients procedures using up-to-date equipment which combines 3D imaging, advanced 3D mapping techniques and remote catheter navigation.
Dr Ernst takes part in major cardiology meetings across the world and actively collaborates with researchers in US,Canada, Europe and Asia.
As well as making educational presentations, she has played a major role in training local teams in the use of advanced electrophysiology (EP) techniques.
Dr Ernst is also a member of the educational board of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and is the course director for the European teaching course for EP. She is a member of the EP guideline committee of the German Cardiac Society.
There are quarterly courses planned for 2008 to teach interested colleagues and introduce the magnetic navigation system to a wider audience in UK and Europe.
The EP group at Royal Brompton Hospital offers a fellowship programme for training in invasive EP with emphasis on 3D mapping techniques and complex arrhythmia.
Journals and publications
She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Interventional Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.
Dr Ernst has been a co-author of several cardiology and EP books. Most importantly, she contributed the chapter on “Catheter ablation of accessory pathways” in the Zipes´ EP textbook.
Read Dr Ernst's profile in the journal Circulation.