Dr Melanie Hiorns 

Consultant Paediatric Radiologist 
Dr Melanie Hiorns 
Dr Melanie Hiorns 


Dr Melanie Hiorns is a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist who works in the Paediatric Radiology department, covering all areas of general body imaging. Her specific areas of expertise include renal, urogenital, and gastrointestinal radiology.  

Melanie gained her medical degree from the University of London (UMDS) in 1990 and went on to complete her radiology training in London and Vancouver. She has been a paediatric radiology consultant for 17 years and has worked in the NHS throughout that time at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).  She works exclusively with children and young people, from 0-18 years, and in all modalities of imaging. She uses the very lowest radiation techniques (especially in fluoroscopy). She is also a general body radiologist covering all areas, but her subspecialty is tertiary and quaternary expertise in the nephrological and urogenital system and gastrointestinal radiology, particularly specialising in urinary tract infections, wetting, congenital abnormalities of the renal/urogenital tract, tumours of the urogenital tract, and in childhood tummy-ache, and surgical conditions. She has close working relationships with paediatric urologists, paediatric oncologists, paediatric nephrologists, general surgeons, paediatric gastroenterologists and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).  

Melanie is also Clinical Director of the International and Private Patients Division at GOSH and has worked in senior management since 2006. 


  • Nephro-radiology  
  • Urogenital radiology 
  • Radiology of the gastrointestinal tract 
  • General body radiology 
  • Nephro-radiology  
  • Urogenital radiology 
  • Radiology of the gastrointestinal tract 
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) 
  • FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians) 
  • FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists) 

Melanie is ‘double boarded’ having obtained postgraduate qualifications in adult Internal Medicine before then obtaining postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Radiology. 


Melanie has 45 peer reviewed papers is a chapter author in multiple leading textbooks, and a reviewer for seven peer reviewed academic journals. 

News & Publications

Yankovic F, Swartz R, Cuckow P, Hiorns M, Marks SD, Cherian A, Mushtaq I, Duffy P, Smeulders N. 2013. Incidence of Deflux® calcification masquerading as distal ureteric calculi on ultrasound. J Pediatr Urol. 9.

Quinlan C, Guegan K, Offiah A, Neill RO, Hiorns MP, Ellard S, Bockenhauer D, Hoff WV, Waters AM. 2012. Growth in PHEX-associated X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets: the importance of early treatment. Pediatr Nephrol. 27(4) pp. 581-8 

Warne SA, Hiorns MP, Curry J, Mushtaq I. 2011. Understanding cloacal anomalies. Arch Dis Child. 96(11) pp. 1072-6. 

Farrugia MK, Hiorns MP, Mushtaq I. 2011. Multicystic dysplastic kidney and cystic accessory uterine cavity: a new prenatally diagnosed association. Pediatr Surg Int. 27(8) pp. 891-3. 

Hiorns MP. 2011. Imaging of the urinary tract: the role of CT and MRI. Paediatric Nephrology. 26(1) pp. 59-68. 

Hiorns MP. 2011. Gastrointestinal tract imaging in children: current techniques. Pediatr Radiol. 41(1) pp. 42-54. 

Smeulders N, Makin E, Desai D, Duffy PG, Healy C, Cuckow PM, Cherian A, Hiorns MP, Mushtaq I. 2011. The predictive value of a repeat micturating cystourethrogram for remnant leaflets after primary endoscopic ablation of posterior urethral valves. J Pediatr Urol.7(2) pp. 203-8. 

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