Dr. Manoji Pathirage
SENIOR Lecturer in Medicine
Office Address Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

+94 81 2396470

Email manojipathi@yahoo.com            
Telephone (Office) +94812396470

Educational/Professional Qualifications

  • MBBS (University of Peradeniaya)
  • MD Medicine(University of Colombo)
Research Interest
  • Neurology and Neuro- rehabilitation,
  • Stroke and stroke rehabilitation
  • Tropical Medicine and Infectious diseases
  • Geriatrics and Rheumatology
    • Sir Nicholas Attygalle Prize by the Sri Lanka Medical association for the research paper of “Is Dexamethazone effective in severe thrombocytopenia caused by Dengue fever? A randomized double blind placebo controlled study”.
    • E M Wijerama Prize by the Sri Lanka Medical association for the research paper of “Reduction of deaths in severe leptospirosis by use of bolus methyl prednisolone: a descriptive study”.
    • President research award for year 2007, 2008, 2009 international citation index

Previous Experience:

  • 2011-2013:International Training Fellow in Neurology/ Specialist Registrar in General Medicine and Neurology, Western General Hospiotal, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2011-2013: Attached to extended teaching staff in Melbourne University (Footscray Campus)
  • 2013 March- October: Consultant Physician, District Base Hospital, Teldeniya
  • 2009-2011: Senior Registrar in General Medicine: Professorial Medical Unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2006-2009: Registrar in General Medicine: Professorial Medical Unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 2005-2006: Medical Officer: National Blood Transfusion Service: Sri Lanka
  • 2004-2005: Intern Medical Officer: Professorial Medical Unit,  Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Life member of following professional associations

    • Ceylon College of Physicians
    • Sri Lanka Medical Association
    • Kandy Society of Medicine
    • Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association 
    • Stroke Society, Australia
    • Secretary – Asia Pacific Association of Young (Founder secretary)

Reviewed Journal Publication

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
  1. Pathirage MMK, Kularatna SAM, Gawarammana IB, Wijesinghe S, Ratnatunga NV. Fulminant Amoebic (Entamoeba histolytica) colitis associated with toxic myocarditis: A case report. The Lancet 2010;374:2026
  2. Pathirage MMK, Medagedare D, Waduge R. Bronchial Carcinoid: Common manifestation of a rare disorder. The Clinical Respiratory Journal 2010; 4:59-60
  3. Pathirage MMK, Jayalath WATA, Pinto V. Acute Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (Guillain Barre’ Syndrome) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine, 2008
  4. Pathirage LPMMK, Wijeweera I, Jayasinghe C, Jayabahu S Wickramasinghe HR. Episodic spastic paraparesis successfully treated with unaided blood transfusions: a case report. BMC Research Notes, 20169:123 DOI: 10.1186/s13104-016-1918-5
  5. Kularatne SAM, Pathirage M. Life threatening envenoming by green pit viper (Trimeresurus trigonocephalus) bite. Lyriocephalus Special issue 2005; 6(1& 2):327-328.
  6. Kularatne SAM, Pathirage MMK, Gunasena S. A case series of dengue fever with altered consciousness and electroencephalogram changes in Sri Lanka. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2008; 102, 1053—1054.
  7. Kularatne SAM, Manoji MK Pathirage, UAB Medagama, Sunethra Gunasena, Maya B Gunasekara. Myocarditis in three patients with dengue virus type DEN 3 infection. Ceylon MJ 2006; 51: 75-76.
  8. Kularatne SAM, Pathirage MMK, Kumarasiri PVR, Gunasena S, Mahindawanse SI. Cardiac complications of a dengue fever outbreak in Sri Lanka. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2007; 101, 804 - 808.
  9. Kularatne SAM, Walathara C, Mahindawanse SI, Wijesinghe S, Pathirage MMK, Kumarasiri PVR, Dissanayake AMSDM. Efficacy of low dose Dexamethazone in severe thrombocytopenia caused by dengue fever: a placebo controlled study. Postgrad. Med.J 2009;85:525-529.
  10. Ashanka ML Beligaswatte, Kularatne SAM, Asoka B Seneviratne, Padmini Wijenayake MS, Kularatne WKS, Pathirage LPMMK. An outbreak of fatal pneumonitis caused by contamination of illicit alcohol with paraquat. Clinical Toxicology 2008; 46, 768–770
  11. SAM Kularatne, PVR Kumarasiri, MMK Pathirage, SKC Pushpakumara,S Wijesinghe, UK Bokalamulla, O Wimalaratne. 8-site intradermal post-exposure antirabies vaccination for major animal bites. British Travel Health Association (BTHS) Journal 2008:XI; 52-54.
  12. Kularatne SAM, Pathirage LPMM. HIV and Tuberculosis. Pharmacology newsletter, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, peradeniya University 2005; 4 (3): 1-2.
  13. Kularatne SAM, Budagoda BDSS, Alwis Kapila, Wickramasinghe WMRS, Bandara JMPR, Pathirage LPMMK, Wijethunga TJ, Gamlath R , Jayalath WATA, Jayasinghe C, Pinto V, Somaratne P, Kumarasiri PVR. The high efficacy of bolus methylprednisolone in severe leptospirosis: a descriptive study in Sri Lanka. Postgrad Med J , 2011;87 (1023):13-7
  14. Kularatne SAM, Fernando R, Selvaratnam S, Narampanawa C, Weerakoon K, Wickramasinghe S, Pathirage M, Weerasinghe V, Bandara A, Rajapakse J. Intra-aural tick bite causing unilateral facial nerve palsy in 29 cases over 16 years in Kandy, Sri Lanka: is rickettsial aetiology possible? BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 22;18(1):418. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3338-8.
  15. Dalugama C, Pathirage M, Kularatne SAM. Bartter syndrome-like phenotype in a patient with diabetes: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2018 Aug 17;12(1):222. doi: 10.1186/s13256-018-1752-6.
  16. Dalugama C, Pathirage M, Kularatne SAM. Delayed presentation of severe rhabdomyolysis leading to acute kidney injury following atorvastatin-gemfibrozil combination therapy: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2018 May 22;12(1):143. doi: 10.1186/s13256-018-1685-0.
  17. Kularatne SA, Weerakoon KG, Munasinghe R, Ralapanawa UK, Pathirage M. Trends of fluid requirement in dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever: a single centre experience in Sri Lanka. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Apr 8;8:130. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1085-0.
  18. Anderson C, Huang Y, Wang J, Stapf C, Wijeratne T, Pathirage M, et al. Rapid Blood-Pressure Lowering in Patients with Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage. NEJM 2013 june 20; 368, 2355-2365.
  19. Delcourt C, Sato S, Zhang S, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK et al. Intracerebral hemorrhage location and outcome among INTERACT2 participants. Neurology 2017 Apr 11; 88(15): 1408–1414.
  20. Zheng D, Arima H, Sato S, Gasparrini A, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK, et al. Low Ambient Temperature and Intracerebral Hemorrhage: The INTERACT2 Study. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0149040 February 9, 2016
  21. Zheng D, Sato S, Arima H, Heeley E, Delcourt C, Cao Y, Chalmers J, Anderson CS, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK, et al. Estimated GFR and the Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering After Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Jul;68(1):94-102. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2016.01.020. Epub 2016 Mar 3
  22. Sato S, Arima H, Heeley E, Hirakawa Y, Delcourt C, Lindley RI, Robinson T, Huang Y, Morgenstern L, Wijeratne T, Pathirage M, et al. Off-Hour Admission and Outcomes in Patients with Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage in the INTERACT2 Trial. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2015;40(3-4):114-20. doi: 10.1159/000434690. Epub 2015 Jul 18.
  23. Sato S, Heeley E, Arima H, wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK, et al. Higher mortality in patients with right hemispheric intracerebral haemorrhage: INTERACT1 and 2. Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2015;86:1319–1323. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2014-309870
  24. Hisatomi Arima, Emma Heeley, Candice Delcourt, Hirakawa Y, Wang X, Woodward M, Wijeratne T,Pathirage LPMMK, et al. Optimal achieved blood pressure in acute intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurology. 2015 Feb 3;84(5):464-71. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001205. Epub 2014 Dec 31.
  25. Sato S, Delcourt C, Zhang S, Arima H, Heeley E, Zheng D, Al-Shahi Salman R, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK , et al. Determinants and Prognostic Significance of Hematoma Sedimentation Levels in Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016;41(1-2):80-6. doi: 10.1159/000442532. Epub 2015 Dec 16.
  26. Carcel C, Sato S, Zheng D, Heeley E, Arima H, Yang J, Wu G, Chen G, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK, et al. Prognostic Significance of Hyponatremia in Acute Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Pooled Analysis of the Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage . 2016 Jul;44(7):1388-94. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001628.
  27. Bernhardt J, Churilov L, Ellary F, Wijeratne T, Pathirage LPMMK et al. Perspecified dose-response analysis for A Very Early Rehabilitaion Trial (AVERT). Neurology. 2016 Jun 7; 86(23): 2138–2145.
  28. Bernhardt J, Lindley R, Lalor E, Ellary F, Wijeratne T,Pathirage LPMMK. AVERT 2 (a very early rehabilitation trial, a very effective reproductive trigger): retrospective observational analysis of the number of babies born to trial staff. BMJ. 2015 Dec 11;351:h6432. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h6432.
  29. Bernhardt J, Raffelt A, Churilov L, Lindley RI, Speare S, Ancliffe J, Wijeratne T, Pathirage M, et al. Exploring threats to generalisability in a large international rehabilitation trial (AVERT). BMJ Open. 2015 Aug 17;5(8):e008378. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008378.



  1. The Beginning of a New Life by Desabandu Dr. Kapila Gunawardane Compiled by Dr. Chinthana Hapuarachchi, Dr. Mayuramana Dewalage, Dr. Priyantha Dissanayake, Dr. Manoji Pathirage, Dr. Ruwanthi Bandara
  2. Pathirage M, Wijeratne T, Kobler S, Pandian J. Handbook of TIA. NWMMS 2012 ( in press)
  3. Pathirage M, Wijeratne T, Dhamjar R. Mastering the Neurology Long Case. NWMMS 2012 ( in Press)
  4. Pathirage M, Wijeratne T, Mehndiratta M, Hohler A. Physician Leadership; Leading in a Complex World NWMMS 2012 ( in Press)


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