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Dr. Harsha Kariyawasam is a consultant in allergy and respiratory medicine with expertise in medical rhinology at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals.
Dr. Kariyawasam studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, University of London. His general medical training was undertaken in London, and specialist training in allergy, respiratory medicine and rhinology was completed at the Royal Brompton Hospital as senior house officer, clinical tutor and specialist registrar over a seven year period.
Dr. Kariyawasam continued his training at the Hammersmith Hospital (Airway Allergy and Disease), St Mary’s Hospital (general allergy) and St Thomas Hospital (skin allergy) was also undertaken. He was awarded the PhD thesis prize in recognition of outstanding research performance in 2008 from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, for work on how allergens injure the allergic airway and defining the growth factor molecular repair response to such injury. This has continued on this trajectory of excellence throughout his career.
Dr. Kariyawasam undertook further post-doctoral research training in nasal allergy before taking up his consultant post in 2008. He actively pursues clinical and basic science research related to general allergy, asthma, rhinitis, rhinology and immunotherapy. He is an honorary senior lecturer at both the MRC and Asthma UK centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and University College London.
Harsha is our inestimable medical rhinologist at UCLH, without whom us surgical rhinologists would be somewhat lost in cases of complex nose/sinus inflammation. Not only does Harsha help us manage such severe cases, but his advanced medical treatment ultimately betters patients more than nose/sinus surgery alone. I have lost count of the sheer numbers of patients that I've referred to Harsha, both in the NHS and privately, over the years!
Fantastic knowledge of all conditions affecting both the chest and sinuses. He provides a holistic approach to management of this complex area using a logical, evidence based approach
Dr Kariyawasam is an outstanding medical rhinologist, allergist and respiratory physician.