Dr Whelan was appointed as consultant cardiologist with an interest in imaging, heart failure and cardiac amyloidosis, in October 2009 at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

She was appointed as honorary associate professor at University College London in recognition for her work at the National Amyloidosis Centre. She became the hospital clinical lead for heart failure in 2011 and is now the trust lead.

Dr Whelan was appointed lead for the heart failure clinical pathways group (CPG) work at the trust in 2018 and chairs a weekly meeting of the dedicated team cross site.

Through the CPG, the team aims to harmonise the clinical pathway for patients with heart failure to achieve excellent outcomes in a quality service across the trust.

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Dr Whelan's research interests include cardiac amyloidosis, heart failure, and imaging.