Dr Nada Al-Sakini

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Honorary Associate Clinical Professor
Consultant Cardiologist in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)
ACHD Echocardiography Lead, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham

Contact details

Nuffield House
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Mindelsohn Way
B15 2TE

After finishing her PhD in Cardiovascular sciences, St. George’s University of London, Dr Al-Sakini embarked on UK speciality training in general cardiology.  Thereafter, she undertook sub-speciality training in ACHD Cardiology as part of the ACHD Pan-London Rotation at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal Brompton Hospitals.

Dr Al-Sakini undertook a post-training fellowship at the Royal Brompton Hospital in advanced echocardiography imaging in ACHD Cardiology prior to joining Southampton University Hospital as an ACHD cardiology consultant and thereafter Birmingham University Hospital in 2022. She has always been heavily involved in teaching, training and research on top of her clinical work.


  • 2023: FRCP (UK)
  • 2022: EACVI/AEPC Congenital Heart Disease Echocardiography European Certification
  • 2020: Certificate of Completion of Training in General Cardiology/ACHD
  • 2018: BSE Transthoracic Echocardiography Accreditation
  • 2015: MRCP (UK)
  • 2012: PhD Cardiovascular sciences, St. George’s University of London
  • 2006: Accredited CBL/PBL Tutor, St. George’s University of London
  • 1999: MB ChB Baghdad University, Iraq


  • Regular weekly clinical Teaching for Year 3 and 4 MBBS
  • Supervisor for Intercalated and Elective students projects
  • Supervisor for BMedSc Clinical Sciences
  • Supervising International students placements
  • OSCE and SSCs examinations assessor
  • Formal clinical Skills teaching for medical students, case writing of PBL cases
  • Formal MiP 2nd and 3rd year medical students modular teaching
  • Long Case assessor, Year 3 MBBS
  • Educational and Clinical Supervisor, cardiology trainees, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Personal tutoring of medical students P-and final years

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2021-ongoing: Group Member for UK standard setting for the European Exam in General Cardiology (EEGC)
  • Regular Trust Wide West Midlands Echocardiography Teaching
  • FEEL/FICE Echocardiography teaching for CT2 and ITU doctors
  • Speaker at Regional, National and International meetings and conferences


Dr Al-Sakini has more than 35 presentations, abstracts, posters, and currently supervising research in the field of ACHD Cardiology. She is also planning to undertake supervision of MD/PhD students, with research related to her interests in ACHD Cardiology.


  • Contemporary outcomes in adult patients with repaired complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect, A 25-year Review. Nada Al-Sakini et. al. IJC. Submitted 2023
  • Anatomy of the Heart. Nada Al-Sakini. Medicine, April 2022, ISSN 1357-3039, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mpmed.2022.03.014.

  • Echocardiography Book Chapter, Diagnosis and Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Nada Al-Sakini and Wei Li. Final manuscript submitted to reviewers

  • The Forgotten Ventricle: Sub-Pulmonary LV Failure in a Patient with Transposition of the Great Arteries post Atrial Switch repair. Nada Al-Sakini et al. DOI:10.31487/j.IJSCR.2022.01.05

  • Aortic Fistula Plug: A Moving Target. Nada Al-Sakini et al. DOI:10.31487/j.IJSCR.2022.01.04

  • Follow the Lead: The challenges of Cardiogenic Shock in Device related Infective Endocarditis. Wasyla Ibrahim, and Nada Al-Sakini. JACC Case Reports (CME), 2021 Aug 4;3(9):1163-1169.

  • Paradoxical Embolization Secondary to Acquired Veno-venous Malformations. Nada Al-Sakini, Sam Seitler, Carol Ridge et al. European Heart Journal - Case Reports, March 2021. doi:10.1093/ehjcr/ytab136.

  • Back to Basics: A Rare and Aggressive Case of Aggregatibacter Aphrophilus Endocarditis. Nada al-Sakini, Charo Bruce, Sam Seitler et. al. Oxford Medical Case Reports, Volume 2021, June 2021.

  • Don’t Stop Beleafing: A Unique Case of Fungal Infective Endocarditis. Samuel Seitler, Charo Bruce, Ulrich Rosendahl, Elena Crucerescu, Darryl Shore, Justyna Rybicka, Thomas Semple, Wei Li, Michael A. Gatzoulis, Nada Al-Sakini. JACC: Case Reports, Volume 3, Issue 4, April 2021, Pages 672-677.

  • Adult congenital heart care in the COVID-19 era, and beyond: A call for action. Michael A. Gatzoulis, Natali Chung, Paolo Ferrero, Massimo Chessa, George Giannakoulas, Aphrodite Tzifa, Gerhard P. Diller, Margarita Brida, Nada Al-Sakini. IJCCHD, Volume 1, July 2020, 100002.

  • Metastatic Adrenocortical Carcinoma Causing Profound Right Ventricular Outflow tract Obstruction: An Improvement Following Surgical Resection. Nitin Chandramohan, Rebecca Davies, Nada Al-Sakini. Circulation: Cardiovasc Imaging. 2020 May;13:e010058.

  • Cardiogenic Shock in a 31 Year Old Patient. Nada Abdulkareem, Richard Davies, Duncan Sleeman, Helen Roberts, Mohammad Timol, Amanda Bettoney.ECHO, 2018 March;101:25-27
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: The Phantom Menace.Spinthakis N, Abdulkareem N, Farag M, Gorog DA. Cardiol Res. 2016 Dec;7(6):214-217.
  • Bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy-Genetics, pathophysiology and medical therapy. Abdulkareem N, J. Smelt, M. Jahangiri. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2013;17:554-9.
  • Proteomics in Aortic aneurysm - What did we learn so far? Abdulkareem N., P. Skroblin, M. Jahangiri, M. Mayr. Proteomics Clin Appl. 2013;7:504-15.
  • Outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve implantation compared to surgical aortic valve replacement following previous surgery. S.G. Jones, Abdulkareem NR, F. Williams, S. Brecker, M. Jahangiri. J Heart Valve Dis. 2013;22:204-8.
  • Acute Kidney Injury Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Incidence, Predictive Factors And Prognostic Effects. A. Alassar, Nada Abdulkareem, O. Valencia, S. Brecker, M. Jahangiri. Innovations. 2012;7:389-93.
  • Outcome of Patients With Aortic Stenosis Referred to a Multidisciplinary Meeting for Transcatheter Valve. M. Jahangiri, J. C. Laborde, D. Roy, F. Williams, Nada Abdulkareem, S. Brecker. Ann Thorac Surg 2011;91:411-415.
  • Dilatation of the remaining aorta following aortic valve and/or root replacement: A 5-year follow-up study. Nada Abdulkareem, G. Soppa, S. G. Jones, O. Valencia, A. Alassar, M. Jahangiri. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013;96:43-9.