Dr Larisa Corda is a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine. She was born in Sarajevo, Former Yugoslavia, in 1982, and came to live in the UK aged 7. She grew up in Leeds, before moving to London to complete her medical studies at Imperial College, gaining an MBBS and BSc in 2007. In 2010, she decided to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and obtained her MRCOG in 2015. Her training to date has seen her gain an understanding and appreciation of womens’ health concerns, that range from medical to surgical. She has been involved in caring for women from pre-conception through to pregnancy and thereafter. She believes in a holistic approach to treating a patient, that addresses a combination of physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors, that include nutrition, exercise and spiritual wellbeing.

Deciding to focus on fertility specifically, she worked in Sydney from 2012-2013, gaining experience with IVF Australia, and completing research that specifically examined the differences in demographics and IVF access amongst patients across Australia. She returned to the UK and obtained her MRCOG in 2015, prior to starting her subspecialisation, and then going on to join the CREATE team. Her research interests have included investigating the inequity of access to reproductive healthcare, as well as the impact of emotional wellbeing on IVF. She has presented at major international meetings and won awards for the research she helped to conduct, and has published on older age motherhood. She is a member of the RCOG, BFS and ESHRE, having also been Co-Chair of STIRMAS (Subspecialist Trainees in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery), as well as Junior Doctor Chair for the RSM and for Healthwatch UK, in the past.

Whilst growing up and during her time as a doctor, Larisa developed a particular interest in wanting to help women facing adversities and, inspired by the women in her own life, as well as her patients and women involved in conflict as a result of the Former Yugoslav war, she has been involved in many charitable causes, including the White Ribbon Foundation, and was also an ambassador for UN Women, whilst working in Australia. She has a passion for merging her medical expertise with campaigning for better welfare and healthcare for women around the globe, as well as improving the treatment and education that they receive. She is a passionate believer that every woman deserves to be empowered with the necessary tools and information to be able to make her own decisions and judgements, that will allow her to influence the course of her own life. She continues to promote this message in the care she offers her patients, as well as her media work, such as This Morning’s Fertility Expert and also the Channel Mums Fertility and Pregnancy Expert, with appearances on Lorraine and Loose Women. Larisa is also a Foundation Board Director for Sexplained, which is an international organisation that educates teenagers about reproduction, as well as an ambassador for the international humanitarian organisation, The Circle, and in her various roles, has worked with women of all ages and from all backgrounds, helping them to achieve their goals.