Melita Irving

Consultant clinical geneticist


Melita has been a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust for fifteen years, during which time she has helped establish whole exome sequencing as a diagnostic genetic test, and set up dedicated multidisciplinary clinics in skeletal dysplasia, achondroplasa-hypochondroplasia and dental genetics, including KBG syndrome.

She has local and regional clinics in general paediatric and adult genetic conditions, and in prenatal counselling.

As a key opinion leader and expert in clinical trials in rare diseases of the skeleton, Melita holds a number of national and international positions of responsibility.

She is also a clinical genetics academic training lead.

Education and training

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH), 2019
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD(Res)), King’s College London, 2014
  • Skeletal dysplasia fellowship, Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, 2007

Research interests

  • Commercial - achondroplasia and multiple osteochondromas
  • Non-commercial - Schmid metaphyseal dysplasia
  • Preclinical studies - Hajdu-Cheney syndrome
  • DDD complementary analysis project – dental genetics
  • 100,000 Genomes – unexplained skeletal dysplasia GECIP


  • International Skeletal Dysplasia Society Maroteaux prize, 2011
  • Travelling fellowship Ellison Cliffe Foundation (RSM), 2007
  • Guy's and St Thomas' staff development fund, 2006

Last updated: January 2023

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