Dr Harsha Kariyawasam

Dr Harsha Kariyawasam

MBBS PhD FRCP(UK) BSc(Hons)

Respiratory Medicine

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3 specialists

26 years of experience
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Overall Rating

Overall Experience

5

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5

Explanation

5

Top feedback

“I have been a patient of Dr Kariyawasam since 2011. I had been suffering terribly with allergies which had resulted in loss of smell, taste and overall poor health for a few years prior to that and I had almost given up hope of any kind of recovery. Dr Kariyawasam diagnosed my condition during the my very first appointment with him and the subsequent treatment I received was life changing! I still see Dr Kariyawasam on an annual basis to ensure my continuing good health and he is always contactable if I have any queries or concerns in between visits. I cannot recommend him highly enough.“
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Subspecialty

  • General (Internal) Medicine
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4108232
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £350

    Follow-up appointment: £250

    Practices worked at

    London Nose & Sinus Clinic

    Suite 3B, Lister House 11-12 Wimpole Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9ST
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    About

    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.

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    Procedures

    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Asthma
    • Wheezing
    • Breathlessness
    • Bronchitis
    • Chest Infection
    • Troublesome Cough
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    Education

    Education:

    • MBBS FRCP(UK) BSc(hons) PhD

    Memberships:

    • British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology
    • The Anaphylaxis Campaign
    • British Thoracic Society
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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Asthma
    15/34
    Respiratory Medicine
    2/34
    Wheezing
    2/34
    Breathlessness
    1/34
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    (5/5)
    I have been a patient of Dr Kariyawasam since 2011. I had been suffering terribly with allergies which had resulted in loss of smell, taste and overall poor health for a few years prior to that and I had almost given up hope of any kind of recovery. Dr Kariyawasam diagnosed my condition during the my very first appointment with him and the subsequent treatment I received was life changing! I still see Dr Kariyawasam on an annual basis to ensure my continuing good health and he is always contactable if I have any queries or concerns in between visits. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
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    (5/5)
    He is an amazing listener and really focussed and helped me so much.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    I cannot recommend Dr. Kariyawasam highly enough. I have been seeing him on and off since 2014. Whenever I have contacted him, he has been very responsive. His manner has always been courteous and expressed genuine care and concern. What I actually appreciate most is his knowledge base and being up to date with the latest research in the field. Clinically speaking, I have every confidence. Thank you Mr. K.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    I really appreciate Dr Harsha's help. The explanations made the experience better. Great service!
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    I was referred to Dr. Kariyawasam for severe seasonal allergies 4+ years ago, and have seen him both in his NHS and private practice. At that time, despite having seen many specialists, my allergies prevented me from spending any significant time outside in the spring/summer. Dr. K was able to quickly identify my allergies, prescribe meds to control the symptoms, and importantly, arranged for immunotherapy to de-sensitise against those allergens. This has really been life-changing and for the first time in my life, I am now able to spend time outside without hindrance. Dr. K also goes above and beyond in other respects. I recently had a medical issue which turned out to be non-allergy related. Nevertheless, Dr. K was able to quickly diagnose and refer me to the relevant specialist, and a senior specialist in that field confirmed his diagnosis. Dr. K’s manner of interaction is excellent. He always takes time to listen, explains complex concepts in an easy-to-understand manner, and patiently answers my (many) questions. If you have an allergy-related issue, you would only be too fortunate to come under the care of this excellent doctor.
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    Overall Experience
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Dr Kariyawasam is extremely professional and made sure all my concerns were addressed in our consultation. He is very approachable, open and he talked through and explained my issues in a clear manner. We also went through the best options and treatment going forward, even recommending me to a doctor who could better treat dermatological issues. I feel he is genuinely interested in seeing his patients get better.
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    Overall Experience
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    Patient seen for:
    Dr. Harsha was extremely professional and courteous during my appointments. Him and staff were excellent in going into great detail describing treatments and reviewing test results. I highly recommend.
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    Overall Experience
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Clear, authoritative and helpful. I really value my sessions with Dr Kariyawasam.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Extremely competent and friendly team. I came in with more than one condition which only partially involved allergies and Dr Kariyawasam was able to identify the issue, treat the allergy and refer me to another doctor for the other problem. Despite the COVID situation he has been available for questions and appointments, I recommend him very highly.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Dr. Kariyawasam changed my life! After living with and suffering from allergies and asthma my entire life, I finally found a Doctor that truly cares! Harsha has an excellent bedside manner, listens, and gives advice. Today I feel better than I have in 25 years, all thanks to Dr Kariyawasan having taken the time to understand a patient with complicated underlying symptoms and giving me the attention I needed. Over the past 3 years I have tried a variety of treatments, doses, and medications. Where my reaction to treatment has not been up to Harsha's satisfaction, he has referred me to other specialists or hospitals but always kept abreast of my overall treatment plan, strategy and well-being. I cannot speak more highly of him as a Dr. and will remain grateful to him always!
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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 3 doctors for:
    2

    Respiratory Medicine

    1

    Allergy (Adults)

    Mr S. Alam Hannan
    Mr S. Alam Hannan
    Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (Otolaryngology)

    02-05-2021

    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!

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Breathlessness, Troublesome Cough, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Chest Infection, Bronchitis, Wheezing
    For procedures: Video Consultation, Bronchoscopy, Lung Function / Spirometry
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Jonathan Joseph
    Mr Jonathan Joseph
    Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (Otolaryngology)

    05-12-2018

    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

    For specialty: Allergy (Adults)
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Simon Gane
    Mr Simon Gane
    Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (Otolaryngology)

    22-01-2021

    Dr Kariyawasam is an outstanding medical rhinologist, allergist and respiratory physician.

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Sleep Disorders, Breathlessness, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Chest Infection, Bronchitis, Wheezing, Sibilant Rhonchi (Wheeze)
    For procedures: Video Consultation, Exercise Advice
    Connection: Is a colleague

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