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Dr Sabine Ernst

Dr Sabine Ernst

Honorary senior lecturer

Lead  for electrophysiology research

Profile summary

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 the 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. 

International work

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 Sabine Ernst presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Berlin in August 2012. Her presentation “Working in the EP lab: radiation risks to you and your patients” looked at the concerns around radiation exposure.  

Board memberships

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.


Dr Ernst ran a number of courses in 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.

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Magnetic heart operation on Al Jazeera English

Watch a video clip of
Dr Sabine Ernst's groundbreaking work in magnetic catheter ablation

Watch Dr Sabine Ernst give a lecture on robotic navigation with 3D arrhythmia mapping for complex congenital heart disease ablation at the 17th annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease