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Dr Wijeyekoon trained in medicine at Imperial College, London. As a medical undergraduate he completed an intercalated BSc (Hon) degree in immunology and microbiology and was awarded the Max Bonn Clinical Prize in his final medical examination. He was awarded a prestigious MRC UK Training Fellowship, studying molecular biology at Oxford University, going on to complete a PhD degree (D.Phil). He has an interest in basic medical research and has published a number of scientific papers, clinical case reports and contributed to book chapters including the rheumatology chapter of the Oxford Desk Reference of Acute Medicine. His specialist training in Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine was at a number of different London teaching hospitals. He was acting consultant in Rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London before taking up a permanent consultant position at East and North Herts NHS Trust, where he is lead clinician for rheumatology biological services, rheumatology research and rheumatology databases. Dr Wijeyekoon has an interest in teaching and takes an active role in undergraduate Cambridge Medical Student education. Dr Wijeyekoon is accredited in Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine and has been awarded a number of Clinical Excellence Awards for his work at East and North Herts NHS Trust.
Areas of interest
Specialist interest in the early diagnosis and treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. Also expertise in the management of systemic lupus (SLE), vasculitis, Raynauds' syndrome, Sjogrens' syndrome and other types of connective tissue disease; pain and stiffness of the hands, elbows, shoulders, neck, back, hips, knees, ankles, feet and toes; osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome; tendinitis and muscle pain; sporting injuries, sprains and strains of muscles, tendons and joints. Expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
Current NHS consultant posts held
East and North Herts NHS Trust with sessions at Lister, Hertford county and QE II hospitals
Dr Wijeyekoon studied molecular biology at Oxford University and has an interest in the role of hypoxia in rheumatological disorders. He is in the process of organising a number of clinical trials to study new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis
Reading, table tennis, jogging, Electronic database design
1. Max Bonn Clinical Project Prize (Imperial College London)
2. Associate St Mary's Hospital Medical School
3. MRC UK Clinical Training Fellowship
4. Clinical Excellence Award , East and North Herts NHS Trust
1. Rheumatology chapter, Oxford Desktop Reference Acute Medicine, J. Bhathiya Wijeyekoon and Margaret Callan. 2016
2. Disabling iatrogenic disorder (from steroid use). Hughes M, Wijeyekoon B. BMJ Case Reports. 2016 June 16
2. Non-contiguous spinal tuberculosis. Singh D, Wijeyekoon B. BMJ Case Reports. 2012 Nov 9
3. Pancoast tumor. Singh D, Wijeyekoon B. BMJ Case Reports. 2012 Sept 3
4. Vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral fractures. J. Bhathiya Wijeyekoon, Adam Mitchell and Margaret Callan. Foundation Years Journal 2009 April, 3(8):56-60
5. Abnormal sympatho-adrenal development and systemic hypotension in PHD3-/- mice.
Tammie Bishop, Denis Gallagher, Alberto Pascual, Craig A. Lygate, Bhathiya Wijeyekoon, Peter J. Ratcliffe. Mol Cell Biol 2008 May,28(10):3386-400
6.Deficiency or inhibition of the oxygen sensor Phd1 induces hypoxia tolerance by reprogramming basal metabolism. Julian Aragone, Martin Schneider, Katie Van Geyte, Peter Fraisl, Tom Dresselaers, Massimiliano Mazzone, Ruud Dirkx, Serena Zacchigna, Helene Lemieux, Nam Ho Jeoung, Diether Lambrechts, Tammie Bishop, Peggy Lafuste, Antonio Diez-Juan, Sarah K Harten, Pieter Van Noten, Katrien De Bock, Carsten Willam, Marc Tjwa, Alexandra Grosfeld, Rachel Navet, Lieve Moons, Thierry Vandendriessche, Christophe Deroose, Bhathiya Wijeyekoon, Peter Carmeliet. Nature Genetics. 2007 Feb;40(2):170-80.
7.Treatment focus: systemic lupus erythematosus. JB Wijeyekoon; DA Isenberg. Hospital Pharmacy Europe. 2003 April ;8:31-34
8.Oligoclonal V gene usage by T lymphocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from sarcoidosis patients. Jones CM; Lake RA; Wijeyekoon JB; Mitchell DM; du Bois RM; O'Hehir RE. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 1996 May; 14(5): 470 7
9.Systemic and regional haemodynamic responses during supine exercise while fasted and fed in normal man. Puvi-Rajasingham-S; Wijeyekoon-JB; Natarajan-P; Mathias-CJ.
Clinical Autonomic Research. 1997 June; 7(3); 149-155.
10.Haemodynamic and hormonal effects of two different oral glucose loads in normal Human subject. Puvi-Rajasingham-S; Watson-LP; Wijeyekoon-JB; Natarajan-P; Mathias-CJ. Clinical Autonomic Research. 1997 June; 7(3); 155-163
Courses offered to GPs
1. Rheumatology updates
2. Osteoporosis updates
3. What to do with an ANA
4. Early inflammatory Arthritis, diagnosis, management and referral.
5. Rheumatology for podiatrists
View videos on youtube
- The patient's perspective of inflammatory arthritis - introduction
- The patient's perspective of inflammatory arthritis - being given a diagnosis and starting treatment
- The patient's perspective of inflammatory arthritis - Appointments, treatment and side-effects
- The patient's perspective of inflammatory arthritis - A year into treatment
- D.Phil University of Oxford 2014
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, Lonodon 2001
- B.Sc (Hon) Imperial College London 1994
- MBBS University of London 1997
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2015
- MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship Medical Research Council UK 2004
Reference number 4441483
Details of entry to specialist register
- Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine, 2010
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians UK
British Medical Association UK
British Society of Rheumatology
Medical Protection Society
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Post treatment communication
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