Dr Melita Irving is a consultant in clinical genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

Melita sub-specialises in rare diseases of the skeleton and conducts clinical trials of new medications to improve the health and wellbeing of affected children. She has established multidisciplinary clinics to manage this group of conditions, which have national and international reputation, attracting observers who wish to emulate the format for their own patients.

She is the author of the Human DNA Manual (Haynes) and her work has been widely published in peer-review journals.

Melita has been a member of the Royal Society of Medicine for 17 years and has played an active role in running and speaking at educational events. From 2016-2019 she was the President of the Medical Genetics Section, where she was responsible for diversifying the Section Council.

She is also vice chair of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Ellison Cliffe Foundation, having herself received a travelling fellowship award to Melbourne, Australia to conduct a period of training in skeletal dysplasia.