Wellesley, Dr Diana

Dr Diana WellesleyBM (Soton), FRCP


Clinical genetics


Prenatal genetics

Training and education

  • Bachelor of medicine - University of Southampton
  • House jobs in the UK
  • Accident and emergency in the UK
  • Paediatrics in Canada
  • Genetics in the USA, Australia and the UK


Dr Wellesley has worked for University Hospital Southampton since January 1994, as a consultant in clinical and prenatal genetics. She also runs the Wessex Antenatally Detected Anomalies Register.

She trained in and practised clinical genetics in the USA, Australia and then the UK. From 1991, Dr Wellesley worked in clinical genetics as a locum consultant in Oxford and in Bath.

Key achievements

  • Member of International Working Group on Coding and Classification for the WHO Rare Diseases Taskforce, since 2007
  • Project management and steering committee member of EUROCAT (European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies), receiving and analysing data from 43 congenital anomaly registers in 23 European countries. Member of their prenatal, coding and multiple malformation committees
  • Steering committee member for BINOCAR (British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers), guiding new national surveillance of congenital anomalies in place of the Office of National Statistics
  • Ran national prenatal diagnosis and genetics courses for geneticists and fetal medicine trainees and specialists in 2005, 2009 and 2012
  • Member of the Down’s syndrome screening group for the National Screening Committee, 2005 to 2007
  • BSHG prenatal genetics group committee member, 2004 to 2008
  • Coding and congenital anomaly classification advisor to the Office of National Statistics, 2004 to 2009
  • Member of the National Fetal Genomics Steering Group


Dr Wellesley is a co-applicant for the Medical Research Centre funded EACH study.

Other current research includes environmental pollution and congenital anomalies, sex chromosome trisomies, long term follow up of specific congenital anomalies, and gastroschisis.

Dr Wellesley has had more than 90 papers published in peer reviewed journals.