The World Neurological Society (WFN) congratulates Professor Tissa Wijeratne, Co-Chair of WFN’s Advocacy and Advocacy Committee, on winning the award. Order of Australia (OAM) Service to Medicine as a Neurologist.
The Order of Australia is a prominent way for Australians to recognize the merits and service of their fellow countrymen, and medals are awarded for service deserving special recognition.
Tissa, currently Head of Neurology at Western Health, is Professor of Neurology and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Western Health Clinical School. He has published more than 350 of his papers and has been cited more than 85,000 times by his colleagues around the world. As a medical journalist he has published over 3000 print and radio segments and has appeared on national radio and television in Sri Lanka and Australia.
Tissa, who had a clinical practice at Western Health during the first 18 months of the pandemic, identified and named the “post-Covid-19 neurological syndrome” as a new and distinct syndrome. This syndrome is now known globally as ‘Long COVID’. Tissa is also the first person in the world to receive a PhD on the effects of COVID-19 on brain health.
In 2016, Tissa was the first Sri Lankan-born neurologist to lead an Australian academic neurology department, the first Visiting Professor of Neurology to be appointed by a University in Sri Lanka, and the Visiting Professor of Neurology at Rajarata University. rice field. Sri Lanka and University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine.
Since 2019, Tissa has chaired WFN’s World Brain Day.