Professional background

Melissa Whitten is a consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics at UCLH and is the Undergraduate Lead for Women’s Health and Men’s Health for UCL Medical School. Melissa qualified from King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1993 and underwent her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in North West Thames, including Chelsea and Westminster and St Mary's Hospitals, London. She subspecialised in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at UCLH under the supervision of Professor Charles Rodeck and was awarded subspecialty accreditation by the Royal College of obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Melissa was appointed as consultant obstetrician at UCLH in 2008.

Her role includes a significant educational commitment and she has been instrumental in developing multiprofessional simulation teaching and training opportunities for doctors and midwives. Melissa was appointed as Undergraduate Lead for Women’s Health and Men’s Health for UCL Medical School in 2011 and within this role is responsible for managing learning and assessment for over 350 students each year.

Research interests

Maternal and fetal medicine Perinatal and intrapartum care Medical education, specifically undergraduate, postgraduate and interprofessional learning; simulation training in obstetrics and gynaecology


Postgraduate Courses and Education
- Lead for UCLH Basic Obstetric Ultrasound Workshop
- Co-Lead for UCLH Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma course
- Co-Lead for UCLH Labour Ward Management Course
Clinical areas:
- Maternal Medicine
- Fetal Medicine
- Perinatal loss
- Management of pregnancies complicated by transmissible infection
- High risk obstetrics
Melissa runs the following clinics:
- a Maternal Medicine Clinic (Tuesday afternoon) where she offers management for medical problems which may complicate pregnancy, including transmissible infections
- a Fetal Medicine Clinic (Thursday afternoon) where she offers diagnosis and treatment of complications which may arise in unborn babies
- a Perinatal Clinic (Thursday morning) for women who have had previous pregnancy complications including stillbirth and neonatal loss, placental abruption, severe fetal growth restriction and severe pre-eclampsia