A/PROF Tissa Wijeratne

A/PROF Tissa Wijeratne




  • Professor Tissa Wijeratne ( MD FRACP FRSM FAAN FAHA FRCP (Edin) FRCP (London) is the Chair, Department of Neurology at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia. He is the Director, Academic Medicine , Director, International Affairs, a senior Neurologist and the Director of the stroke Unit, Neuroscience Research Unit, Movement disorders program, Headache program at Western Hospital, Melbourne. Tissa is a Professor in Neurology and clinical Associate Professor in Medicine, Western Health Clinical School, and University of Melbourne, Australia. He leads a successful stroke care program at Western Health where the team manages a large volume of stroke and TIA patients in western metropolitan Melbourne. He has supervised advanced training of fifteen neurologists since 2007. This included supervision of training of five overseas neurologists at the premises of Western Health. In 2010, Tissa joined the Education Committee, World Federation of Neurology to continue his work in the field of neurology education with his international colleagues from the rest of the world. He was a key part of this committee till 2014. In 2014, he was invited to sit in the advocacy and public awareness committee, World Federation of Neurology till 2018. Tissa was the lead contributor for the World Brain Day education material which was distributed throughout the world in early July 2014. He was part of the national advocacy and policy committee, RACP, education and learning committee for four years. He is also an examiner for the Physician’s exam, RACP. He is a principal investigator for many international multi centres randomised clinical trials in Stroke and other neurological disorders at Western Health. Tissa was the membership officer, public officer (Director), Stroke society of Australasia from 2011-2013. His current research involved central post stroke pain, stroke epidemiology, models of stroke thrombolysis, models of TIA management, seizures in the elderly, neurocysticercosis, qu   


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Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2016
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, 2015
  • Professor Tissa Wijeratne is the first Professor of Neurology ( visiting ) to be appointed to a leading national University in Sri Lanka (2013), University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka, 2013
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2010
  • Prof. Tissa Wijeratne is the first Australian neurologist to be awarded with first ever Donald M Palattuci Advocacy Graduation in 2008 by AAN, American Academy of Neurology, 2008
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association, 2008


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • We have been instrumental in establishing an state of the art stroke services, movement disorders program and Neuroscience Research program with a major emphasis on clinical neurology at Western Health which has the largest c catchment area of patients among major public hospital in Melbourne. Our group has strong collaboration with several academic institutions in Sri Lanka, Australia, UK and India. If you are interested in clinical research in the fields of stroke, epilepsy, headache medicine, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, post stroke mood disorders, AF and stroke, apathy and stroke please feel free to contact our team. Prof. Tissa Wijeratne is the Chair, International Working Group for Young Neurologists and Trainees, World Federation of Neurology from 2014-2018. We strongly believe brain health as the supreme wealth . Education, training , research and translating them in the community with a major emphasis in prevention is the key to promote better brain health globally.