Dr Ishwar Verma did his schooling in East Africa, and was a medical undergraduate in Amritsar Medical College. He worked in medicine in East Africa for one and a half years and then went to England to obtain training in pediatrics and genetics. After his membership from the London College of Physicians he joined the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1967, first as a registrar and then held progressively senior appointments. He eventually became Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Genetics Unit. This unit was recognized as a WHO Collaborating Center in Genetics. Dr Verma trained in genetics in Children's Hospital in Zurich (University of Zurich); Boston - Massachusetts General Hospital, USA; and National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA; and genetic departments in London, Oxford and Edinburgh in UK.
He left AIIMS in 1996 and now heads the Department of Genetic Medicine at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee of Genetic Disorders to the WHO in Geneva for the past 20 years, is a member of Ethics committee of HUGO, has been the President of Indian Society of Human Genetics, Member of the Task Force on Genetics of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Dept of Biotechnology, Government of India.
His clinical and research interests are in the management of fetal medicine and reproductive genetics, dysmorphology, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis using molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical techniques. He has worked significantly on the health problems of tribal communities in India, including those of Andaman islands. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Pediatrics, which is the oldest speciality journal in India.