Dr. Eranga S. Wijewickrama

MBBS(Col), MD(Col), FRCP(London), MRCP(Nephrology)(UK)

Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist
University Medical Unit
National Hospital of Sri Lanka & National Institute of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, Colombo
SLMC Registration – 18767

  

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BIOGRAPHY

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo; Consultant Nephrologist at University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka and National Institute of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, Colombo; Strong background in clinical medicine and nephrology; Undergraduate and postgraduate teacher and examiner in Clinical Medicine and Nephrology; Strong track record in research with many publications and scientific communications; Research interests include venom and toxin induced acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease of uncertain aetiology (CKDu) 

 POSITIONS

  • Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine - Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo - From 2014 To date
  • Lecturer in Clinical Medicine - Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo - From 2011 to 2014
  • Consultant Nephrologist - University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka - From 2012 To date
  • Consultant Nephrologist - National Institute of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation - From 2012 To date

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Medicine
    • Fellowship of Royal College of physicians, London - 2017
    • Specialty Certificate in Nephrology by Royal College of Physicians, UK - 2013
    • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians UK (MRCP) - 2012
    • Board Certification in Nephrology - 2012
    • MD Medicine, University of Colombo - 2008 - John F. Stoke Gold Medal for best performance
    • MBBS, University of Colombo - 2002 - Second Class (Upper) Honours
  • Education
    • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education of the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo - 2014

    • Accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK. - 2014

 HONORS

  • John F. Stoke Gold Medal for the best performance at the MD part II examination held in July- August, 2008 awarded by University of Colombo
  • Dr. J.B.Pieris Award for Neurology at the 41st Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians held in October, 2008.
  • Distinction in Clinical Medicine – Final MBBS 2002
  • Distinction in Biochemistr
  • Ranasinghe Memorial Prize for Reproductive Health - 2002
  • Maneckbai Dadabhoy Gold Medal for Midwifery - 2002
  • Naomi Thiagarajah Prize for Midwifery - 2002 
  • Professor S.S.Ratnam Book Token for Gynaecology – 2002

AWARDS 

  • Wilson Peiris award at the 130th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 2017
  • Award for the best poster at the 7th Annual Academic Sessions of Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka 2015 
  • Professor Rajasuriya award for the best paper on Tropical Medicine at the 118th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association in 2005. 
  • Award for the best poster at the 118th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association in 2005. 
  • Sir Frank Gunesekara award for the best free paper on Community Medicine and Tuberculosis at the 116th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association in 2003. 

GRANTS

  • Research grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2016 for Rs.5, 000,000.00 for the research project ‘Nationwide surveillance, quantity burden of NCDs, development of case definition and biomarkers for CKDu libraries’ (RPHS/2016/CKDu 01)
  • University Research Grant 2016 from University of Colombo for Rs. 2,999,970.00 for the research project titled ‘Efficacy and safety of chelation therapy with calcium disodium EDTA in the progression of chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology in Sri Lanka – A double blinded placebo controlled randomized trial’ (AP/3/2/2016/CG/23)
  • Research grant from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in 2016 under the Clinical Research Program for USD 20,000.00 for the research project titled ‘Prevalence of CKD in Sri Lanka’ (16-02-37) 

RESEARCH WITH ABSTRACTS

  • Wijewickrama ES, Liyanage UA, Samaranayake D, Mythily S, De Abrew K, Wijesuriya M. Attitudes on diabetic nephropathy in parents of adolescents with type I diabetes and increased urinary albumin excretion: a qualitative study. 130th Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 2017
  • E. Wijewickrama, H. jayathunga, K. Karunarathne, L. Gooneratne, A. Gnanathasan, I. Gawarammana, M. Gunatilake, G. Isbister. Acute kidney injury (AKI) and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) following Daboia and Hypnale envenomation: A descriptive study from Sri Lanka. World Congress of Nephrology, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017
  • E. Wijewickrama, M. Jayasinghe. Changing trends in the induction and the maintenance of treatment of lupus nephritis: A descriptive study from Sri Lanka. World Congress of Nephrology, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017
  • Wijewickrama ES, Liyanage UA, Samaranayake D, Mythily S, De Abrew K, Wijesuriya M. Attitudes on diabetic nephropathy in a group of adolescents with type I diabetes and increased urinary albumin excretion: a qualitative study. 8th Annual Academic Sessions of Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka in collaboration with South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies 2016
  • Wijewickrama ES, Kurukulasooriya MMIB, Gunatilake M, Gnanathasan CM, Gawarammana IB, Priyani AAH, Isbister G, Buckley N. Determining the sub-lethal nephrotoxic dose in Wistar rats following injection of Russell’s viper venom.
  • De Abrew K, Liyanage U, Wijewickrama ES, Liyanage CK, Mahathanthila D, Dharmawansa AJ, Jeyerajesingham S, Gunawardena N, Warapitiya DS, Wijayabandara MDMS, Kempitiya BCTANWMRCS, Aravithan A, Jayasekara LMDT.  Assessment of distance from skin surface to muscle to evaluate the risk of intramuscular insulin injection at potential insulin injection sites among Sri Lankan adults. 7th Annual Academic Sessions of Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka 2015
  • Wijewickrama ES, Gunawardena KW, Lanerolle RD, Priyani AAH, De Silva MVC. Clinical syndromes of acute diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis among adults in a tertiary care centre in Sri Lanka. Gastrointestinal, Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2015
  • Wijewickrama ES, Vignesvarajah G, Wickramarachchi A, Gallage U. Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Kidney Transplant Recipients.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Ratnayake GM, Wickramaratne C, Rajapakse S. Acute Kidney Injury in a Medical Intensive Care Setting; Single Unit Experience. CRRT 2014, San Diego, USA, 2014.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Kapuwatte W, Ranawaka H, Vithanage T, Abeywickrama M, Ibrahim S, Naranthiran S, Abeyadeera A, Constantine G, Lanarolle RD. Unexplained pulmonary hypertension in some patients with chronic kidney disease. 43rd Annual Academic Sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians 2010
  • Wijewickrama ES, Weerasinghe D, Sumathipala DLWPSS, Horadagoda C, Lanarolle RD, Sheriff MHR. Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney disease in Sri Lanka: Experience of a tertiary care centre. ISN Forefront Symposium, Sylt, Germany, 2010.  12th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology, Seoul, Korea, 2010
  • Wijewickrama ES, Lekamawattage MY, Gunasekara MY, Lanarolle RD, Sheriff MHR. Are patients with chronic kidney disease referred to the nephrologist early enough? An audit from a tertiary care centre. ISN Forefront Symposium, Sylt, Germany, 2010. 12th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology, Seoul, Korea, 2010, 7th Conference of the Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of SAARC countries 2009.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Lekamawattage MY, Gunasekara MY, Lanarolle RD. Knowledge of the disease and awareness of the modes of renal replacement therapy among patients with chronic kidney disease presenting for their first dialysis. ISN Forefront Symposium, Sylt, Germany, 2010. 12th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology, Seoul, Korea, 2010. 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians 2009. 
  • Wijewickrama ES, Weerasinghe D, Sumathipala DLWPSS, Horadagoda C, Lanarolle RD, Sheriff MHR. Characteristics of chronic kidney disease in a patient population from a tertiary care centre in Sri Lanka. 7th Conference of the Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of SAARC countries 2009.
  • Weerasinghe CW, Seneviratne LN, Cassim MRN, Gooneratne TD, Sriyakantha S, Withanage DDP, Heyanthuduwe S, Wijewickrama ES, Lanarolle R, Sheriff R, Abeydeera A, Wijeratne SM. Comparison of outcomes following live related and non-related donor renal transplantation in Sri Lanka. 7th Conference of the Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of SAARC countries 2009.
  • Seneviratne LN, Weerasinghe CW, Cassim MRN, Yatawatta AB, Gooneratne TD, Sriskantha S, Dissanayake DMUP, Heyanthuduwe S, Wijewickrama ES, Lanarolle R, Sheriff R, Perera ND, Abeydeera A, Wijeratne SM. Surgical complications following live donor renal transplantation: Three year experience from a single transplant team in Sri Lanka. 7th Conference of the Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of SAARC countries 2009.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Malavige GN, Velathanthri VGNS, , Fernando S, Jayaratne SD Predictors of bleeding in dengue infections. 118th  Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2005.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Wanigasuriya JKP, Jayasekara WMC, Gunarathna N. Lower urinary tract symptoms: an undetected cause for morbidity in adults. 118th  Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2005.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Rathnasinghe CL, Jayawardena I, Jayaratne SD. Liver enzyme abnormalities in patients with diabetes mellitus. 118th  Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2005.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Malavige GN, Jayaratne SD, Wijesiriwardena B. Dengue infections as a cause of encephalopathy in patients admitted to an intensive care unit. 118th  Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2005.
  • Lewis RHC, Wijewickrama ES, Jayaratne SD, Sellahewa K, Wijesiriwardena B.  Is there a place for prophylactic platelet transfusions in patients with dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF)?  118th  Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2005.
  • Velathanthri VGNS, Malavige GN, Ranatunaga PK, Wijewickrama ES, Fernando S, Jayaratne SD, Karunathilake DH. Serological, Virological and Molecular biological investigation of the dengue epidemic in 2004. 13th Annual Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2004.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Indrakumar J. Carotid artery disease in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). 116th Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2003.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Kumarapeli AR, Jayaratne SD. Glucose intolerance in patients with chronic liver disease. 116th Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2003.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Wanigasuriya IWMP, Jayaratne SD. Experience in banding of oesophageal varices using locally improvised materials. 116th Anniversary Academic Sessions of Sri Lanka Medical Association 2003.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Hewage UCL, Karunathilake MN, Jayawardene MH, Fernando DJS. Hypoglycemia awareness among patients with diabetes. 35th Annual Academic Sessions of Ceylon College of  Physicians 2002.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Hewage UCL, Karunathilake MN, Jayawardene MH, Fernando DJS. Hypoglycemia awareness among patients with diabetes. Wonca-Mesar Conference conducted by College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka 2002.
  • Wijewickrama ES, De Alwis NMW, Karunathilake MN, Jayaratne SD. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in medical students. 35th Annual Academic Sessions of Ceylon College of  Physicians 2002.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Katulanda P, Jayasinghe S, Sheriff MHR. An unusual case of periorbital oedema. Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo 2002.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Katulanda P, Fernando SSD, Sheriff MHR. An unusual complication of dengue haemorrhagic fever. Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo 2002.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Snake venom and toxin induced acute kidney injury

  • Chronic kidney disease of uncertain aetiology (CKDu) 

APPOINTMENTS

Appointments

  • Secretary of Sri Lanka Society of Nephrology 2016-2018
  • South-Asian regional board member of the International Society of Nephrology 2017-to date
  • Council member of the Sri Lanka Society of Nephrology 2014-2016

Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians London (Fellow)
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • Sri Lanka Society of Nephrology
  • Ceylon College of Physicians
  • Sri Lanka Medical Association

Undergraduate

  • Chairperson – Nephro-urology module 2014-to date
  • Convenor – Nephro-urology module 2012-2014

 Postgraduate

  • Member of the specialty board in nephrology 2016- to date

 PROJECTS

  • Nationwide study on prevalence of CKD/CKDu in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Non-communicable Disease Survey – funded by National Science Foundation
  • Prevalence of CKD/CKDu and risk factors in Moneragala district
  • Thrombotic microangiopathy following viper bites in Base Hospital Horana
  • Thrombotic microangiopathy and acute kidney injury following viper bites at National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  • Bio-markers of acute kidney injury following Hump-nosed viper envenomation at Teaching hospital Peradeniya
  • Efficacy and safety of chelation therapy with calcium disodium EDTA in the progression of chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology in Sri Lanka – A double blinded placebo controlled randomized trial-funded by University of Colombo
  • Efficacy of antioxidants in retarding the progression of CKDu – A double blinded placebo controlled randomized trial – funded by University of Colombo

PUBLICATIONS

 Books/Book Chapter –

 ‘Diabetes and Kindey Health’ (Sinhala)

 Journal Paper –

 In refereed indexed journals (16)

  • Nipun De Silva, Lalindra Gooneratne, Eranga Wijewickrama. Acute myocardial infarction associated with thrombotic microangiopathy following a hump-nosed viper bite: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2017;11(1):305.
  • Gunawardena KW, Wijewickrama ES, Arambepola C, Lanerolle RD. Descriptive analysis of glomerulonephritis by histological type and their progression among adults in a tertiary care centre in Sri Lanka. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. Accepted for publication on 23/04/2016. SJKDT_75_16.
  • Gunawardena KW, Jayamaha CJS, Wijewickrama ES, Lanerolle RD. Prevalence of BK virus vireamia and viruria among a group of post kidney transplant patients in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2017 Jun 30;62(2):114.
  • Gunawardena KW, Wijewickrama ES, Carukshi A, Lanerolle RD. Prevalence of dyslipidaemia and macrovascular complications among post kidney transplant patients. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl.2017 Jan-Feb;28(1):183-185.
  • Aruna Prasanna, Ranga Migara Weerakkody, Eranga Sanjeewa Wijewickrama, Mohammed Rezni Nizam Cassim, Mandika Wijeyarathne. Salvage of bleeding renal allograft following biopsy, with suture technique: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2016;10:82.
  • Weerakkody RM, Palangasinghe DR, Wadanambi S, Wijewikrama ES. “Primary” nocardial brain abscess in a renal transplant patient. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Nov 23;8(1): 701.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Ratnayake GM, Wickramaratne C, Sheriff R, Rajapakse S. Incidences and clinical outcomes of acute kidney injury in ICU: a prospective observational study in Sri Lanka. BMC Res Notes. 2014 May;7:305.
  • Eranga S. Wijewickrama, Lalindra Gooneratne, Chandu De Silva, Rushika D Lanarolle. Acute tubular necrosis in a patient with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl.2013 Jan;24(1):105-108.
  • Murray JS, Wijewickrama ES, Haslam P, Kanagasundaram NS. Apparent oliguria following urological surgery. J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2012 Sep;42(3):225-7.
  • Eranga S. Wijewickrama, Dinushi Weerasinghe, Pubudu S. Sumathipala, Charith Horagoda, Rushika D. Lanarolle, Rezvi MH. Sheriff. Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease in a Sri Lankan Population: Experience of a Tertiary Care Centre. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2011 Nov;22(6):1289-93.
  • Senaka Rajapakse, Eranga S. Wijewickrama. Non-dialytic management of sepsis-induced acute kidney injury. Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation 2009;20(6):975-983.
  • Wanigasuriya JKP, Wijewickrama ES, Jayasekara WMC, Gunarathna N. Lower urinary tract symptoms; an undetected cause for morbidity in adults. Ceylon Medical Journal 2007;52:86-89.
  • Malavige GN, Velathanthri VGNS, Wijewickrama ES, Fernando S, Jayaratne SD, Aaskov J, Seneviratne SL. Pattern of disease among adults hospitalized with dengue infections. Quarterly Journal of Medicine 2006;99:299-305.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Wanigasuriya IWMP, Jayaratne SD. Banding of oesophageal varices using locally improvised materials. Ceylon Medical Journal 2005;50:79.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Hewage UCL, Jayaratne SD. Iatrogenic hypocalcaemia following magnesium sulphate therapy in a patient with tetanus. Ceylon Medical Journal 2004;49:132.
  • Wijewickrama ES, Hewage UCL, Fernando DJS. Knowledge of hypoglycaemia in patients with diabetes. Ceylon Medical Journal 2003;48:60

In refereed non-indexed journals (3)

  • Dilushi Wijayaratne, Eranga Wijewickrama. Acute kidney injury in sepsis. Sri Lanka Journal of Surgery. 2017 Apr 30;30(1): 6-9.
  • Senaka Rajapakse, Chaturaka Rodrigo, Eranga Wijewickrama. Management of sepsis-induced acute kidney injury. Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care 2009;1(1):3-14.
  • Kularatne SAM, Seneviratne SL, Malavige GN, Fernando S, Velathanthri VGNS, Ranatunga PK, Wijewickrama ES, Gurugama PN, Karunathilaka DH, Aaskov JG, Jayaratne SD. Synopsis of findings from recent studies on Dengue in Sri Lanka. Dengue Bulletin 2006;30:80-86.

TEACHING AREAS

Undergraduate

  • Clinical Medicine – teacher/ examiner for the final MBBS examination
  • Nephro-urology – teacher/ examiner for the module examination

Postgraduate

  • Trainer/ examiner for the specialty training in nephrology
  • Examiner for MRCP-PACES examination

CURRENT TEACHING

Undergraduate

  • Teaching the undergraduate students in the final year attending the professorial appointment in clinical medicine
  • Lectures in clinical medicine and nephrology to 4th and final year medical students
  • Involvement as a resource person at small group discussions, problem based learning sessions

 Postgraduate

  • Teaching postgraduate students in general medicine
  • Teaching postgraduate students in nephrology


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