Dr Rimi Shah

Consultant Physician


I was appointed as a Consultant in Genitourinary medicine and HIV at the Royal Free Hospital and Barnet Hospital in 2005, having trained in GUM/ HIV medicine at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals and qualified from the Royal Free medical school.
My clinical practice includes screening and management of sexually transmitted infections e.g. chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts, thrush/ bacterial vaginosis (BV) and herpes; as well as, complex GUM related problems e.g. recurrent discharge, erectile dysfunction, prostatitis/NSU and vulvodynia/ vestibulitis; and general HIV management.
I am currently Lead Clinician for HIV (Barnet site) and Head of services for the dept for 6 years.
My specialist interests are in Women’s health, particularly in the management of recurrent vaginal infections, such as chronic thrush and BV; and, in the antenatal care of women with blood bourne viruses/STIs, including HIV.
I am actively involved in evolving and improving sexual health services in the community, and increasing GPs’ awareness of management and prevention of STIs and HIV, through education.
Through education to my peers, and what I like to think of as a friendly and approachable manner with all – I am enthusiastic and passionate about normalizing infections/conditions `down below’ and making their management as painless as possible. I provide a sympathetic and pro-active approach to, an often difficult problem for women with chronic discharge.
Out of work, I am equally passionate about skiing, running, rock climbing and cooking/ experimenting with food from around the world, as a keen `foodie’. I am also a slow but enthusiastic learner of Italian conversation.
I am happy to see private patients when they need to be seen including evenings and weekends and am able to offer a culturally sensitive service for female patients.

Special interests:

General GUM – management and treatment of all common GUM related problems.

Complex GUM related conditions such as prostatitis, chronic vaginal discharge, penile and vulval dermatology.

Specialist and research interest in Women with associated GUM re”

Procedures offered:

General consultation
Sexual medicine
Vaccination for Hep A and B, where appropriate

Clinical Interests:

Sexual health screening and prevention; chronic vaginal and penile discharge; specialist interest in recurrent Candida and bacterial vaginitis infections; recurrent Herpes infections; management of Genital warts;
Erectile dysfunction
HIV / AIDS – general management with special interest in HIV in women and antenatal care

Research interests:

My research interests are in the long term management of women with chronic vaginal discharge, in the antenatal care of women with blood bourne viruses, including HIV and long term issues in women with HIV. I also lecture widely on these topics.

Published papers:

R SHAH, T Wambigu – ‘HIV/AIDS: An Atlas of investigation and Management’ – chapters x 4 on ‘HIV in pregnancy’ ‘Pre-exposure PEP’ &` Discordant HIV‘ – Clinical Publishing 2012

– Won ‘BMA Best book of the year’ in Public Health Category Sept 2012





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Registration & Memberships

Registration and licensing

Fellow of royal college of physicians, GMC – FULL, Entry to specialist register 2004

Memberships and associations

  • British HIV Association (BHIVA)
  • British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASSH)
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Medical Defence Union (MDU)
  • GMC

  • Member of British HIV pregnancy group
  • Member of BASSH specialist interest groups in sexually transmitted infections in young people and in sexual/ domestic violence

Languages Spoken

English Gujarati (Learning Italian!)