British Sri Lankan Cardiologist awarded prestigious NIHR Clinical Lectureship in UK

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Dr. Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne has been awarded the highly competitive National Institute for Health and Care Research(NIHR) Clinical Lectureship in Cardiology at St George’s, University of London. Dr. Wijeyeratne is a Cardiology Specialty Registrar and Fellow in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Implantable Cardiac Devices at London’s St George’s Hospital, one of the largest specialist tertiary cardiac centres in the UK.

NIHR Clinical Lectureships in Cardiology are highly sought after in the UK, with fewer than ten being awarded each year, and it is an honour for a ‘British Sri Lankan’ to receive this award.
Dr. Wijeyeratne holds a double doctorate, having recently completed her PhD in cardiac genetics and stem cell models of inherited cardiac conditions at the world-renowned Inherited Cardiac Conditions research group at St George’s, University of London.

She is the granddaughter of late Deshamanya Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne, former Cabinet Minister of Education, Higher Education and Justice, and former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Russia, and of late Tudor Gunasekara, former District Minister to Gampaha and former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Poland.
Dr. Wijeyeratne is a past student of Colombo International School and had her junior school education at The British School, Colombo and Bishop’s College, Colombo.

She graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 2009 and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in London in 2013. She had her general Cardiology training at St George’s Hospital before she commenced her specialisation in Cardiac Electrophysiology at King’s College Hospital in London in 2020.

At St George’s Hospital, Dr. Wijeyeratne specialises in Cardiac Electrophysiology (which involves carrying out ablation procedures to treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias) and implanting cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators to patients with heart rhythm abnormalities, whilst her research is focussed on cardiac genetics and risk stratification in inheritedcardiac arrhythmias.