Consultant Profile

Dr Jan Melichar

Dr Jan Melichar BSc, MB BS, MRCPsych, MD
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Psychiatry
    • Alcohol dependency
Special clinical interests:

Drug and/or alcohol dependency
General Adult Psychiatry

Research interests:

Psychopharmacology (the actions of drugs and their effects on mood and behaviour), especially with regard to anxiety, depression and substance misuse.
Sensory neuroscience – taste as a disease biomarker.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychopharmacology
University of Bristol

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatry
Member of the National Executive of the Addiction Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatry
Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology
Member of the European Chemoreception Research Organization

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01454 615278
Private secretary:
Liz Hodsdon
Private secretary telephone number:
01454 615278
Private secretary email address:
Please contact the secretary for clinic appointments
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Melichar has a special interest in helping patients and their families with illnesses where depression, anxiety, or substance misuse are the main feature. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychopharmacology at the University of Bristol Medical School and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse for the local NHS Mental Health Trust. He has previously been a consultant in the regional Psychopharmacology Unit, working with patients with difficult-to-treat anxiety and depression.

Dr Melichar has always been fascinated by research looking at the role and actions of the drugs used in psychiatry and how they can be improved. Research carried out at the Psychopharmacology Unit of Bristol Medical School and the MRC Cyclotron Unit at Hammersmith Hospital led to a research doctorate (MD) in the neuroimaging of opiate addiction in 2004. His long term interest in the biological basis of psychiatric disorders is balanced by an awareness that successful treatment requires an understanding of the whole person and that every patient is an individual.

Personal profile:

Dr Melichar enjoys family time with his wife and three children. He likes to cycle and takes part in triathlons. In 2009 he successfully completed Ironman Austria.

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