Education and early career
Wijeyekoon was born in 1970 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and came to the United Kingdom as a child age 5. He studied medicine at Sidney Sussex College, the University of Cambridge in 1990. Wijeyekoon completed a degree (MA Cantab) in Immunology in 1993. He then undertook his clinical medical training at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital’s School of Medicine and Dentistry to complete his medical training obtaining the MBBS degree in 1996.
Wijeyekoon completed his basic surgical training in London in General Surgery, obtaining the MRCS degree in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as the principal investigator to the National Liver Transplant Audit United Kingdom and Ireland, based at the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His work was used to inform UK national transplant policy between 2000-2003. During this period he undertook a concurrent Master of Science (MSc) degree at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2002 and the London School of Economics in the same year in Epidemiology and statistics. He has represented the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Committee, The Royal College of Surgeons and the UK Blood and Transplant Liaison Group, and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) pre-operative investigations guideline development group in in 2002.
Mr Wijeyekoon was appointed in 2010 as a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital. He then transferred as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in 2011. He was the lead clinician for the Homerton Anogenital Neoplasia Service (2013-2015) and lead colorectal surgeon for the Homerton Endometriosis Service. Mr Wijeyekoon was then appointed as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2015. He joined Nuffield Health Bournemouth as a consultant surgeon in the same year. In 2016, he joined the MacMillan Cancer Support as their UK expert clinician for AIN3 and provides online advice to patients around the world afflicted by this condition. He was appointed as Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University in 2016.
In 2012, Mr Wijeyekoon was part of the medical team based at Homerton University Hospital in London which provided clinical care for athletes and officials at the games of the 30th Olympiad (London 2012 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games) based in East London.
His other clinical interests include colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, coloproctology (haemorrhoids), abdominal wall surgery including hernia repair, endoscopy and aesthetic surgery.
- 1993: The Sidney Sussex College Cambridge Travel Award for Overseas Surgical Research
- 2000: The Royal College for Surgeons of England and Department of Health United Kingdom Research Fellowship to the National Liver Transplant Audit, United Kingdom and Ireland
- 2009: University College Hospital Clinical Training Award
- 2011: The Worshipful Company of Cutlers' Surgical Award
- 2016: Visiting Fellow Bournemouth University
Memberships and appointments
- Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland
- Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland
- The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Mr Wijeyekoon's parents are medical doctors in the field of psychiatry. He is married to Jane a Clinical Nurse Specialist and he has one daughter. He resides in Bournemouth in the United Kingdom.
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