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Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Vanessa Apea is a consultant physician in Genito-urinary and HIV medicine and the clinical lead for Sexual Health at Barts Health NHS Trust. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

Vanessa is passionate about reducing inequalities in healthcare. She has made this a central focus of her clinical work and received an NHS 70 Windrush Award for her contribution to improving health equity. She has an established track record of exploring barriers to engagement in care in marginalised populations and has a particular research interest in participatory approaches and the intersection of race, gender and health.

She is a member of the London Fast-Track Cities Initiative stigma subgroup working to get London to zero HIV stigma. She is also the medical director of NAZ, a charity advocating for high quality sexual health and HIV support services for BAME communities.

Vanessa is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.


  • 2019–present
    Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University London
  • 2010–present
    Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV, Barts Health NHS Trust


  • 2011 
    Harvard University, MPH
  • 2003 
    Kings College London , MBBS

Professional Memberships

  • FRCP