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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Ritan Mehta

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine

Centre: Sports and Exercise Medicine


Dr Ritan Mehta is currently the FA Medical Officer for England Women's Football and Team Doctor to the Senior England Women's football team. He was Head of the medical team that supported England at the recent Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, where the team recorded the highest finish by any England football team for over 49 years by winning a Bronze Medal. He has previously worked with a variety of teams within the FA and was the lead medical officer for England at the FIFA U20 Men's World Cup 2011 in Colombia. Ritan initially trained as a General Practitioner and pursued his interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine by completing an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at QMUL in 2009, passing with distinction and awarded the DJO John King Prize for his research on 'Post-exercise cardiac troponin release is related to exercise training history'. He has now returned to QMUL as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in SEM after undertaking higher specialist training in SEM in London. Ritan leads on the Medical Problems in Sport module and co-leads on the Sport Injury Assessment 1 module for the MSc. He is also the current FSEM council representative for New SEM Consultants. Ritan has worked in a variety of sports throughout his career including athletics, rugby and gymnastics. He was honoured to have worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in athletics at the Olympic stadium. His main area of interest is football medicine. He is currently the team doctor at Watford Football Club who gained promotion to the Premier League in 2015. He has lectured on football medicine at both national and international conferences.