Ramona Rajapakse, MD, FRCP(UK), FACG
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Dr. Rajapakse is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist and founding member of Mather Gastroenterology. She graduated from the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin, Ireland with Honors and completed her medicine residency at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in Leicester, United Kingdom and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. After being chosen to serve as Chief Resident in Medicine at Lenox Hill, she completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship at that same institution. Dr. Rajapakse moved to Long Island with her family after fellowship and joined the faculty of Stony Brook University Hospital in 2000. As an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook, she created the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service and was appointed Director of the Stony Brook IBD Center. She developed the IBD teaching curriculum for Stony Brook’s Gastroenterology Fellowship, which was instrumental in training of the next generation of medical students, residents and Gastroenterology Fellows. As a member of the admissions committee of the Renaissance Medical School at Stony Brook University, she served the community by screening and interviewing applicants for this prestigious institution. She also served as the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. On a national level, Dr. Rajapakse is a member of the Public Affairs Council of the American College of Gastroenterology and travels to Washington often as a representative of the College to advocate for better patient care. Dr. Rajapakse has 20 years of experience in the management of general Gastroenterological problems and women’s GI health and is a specialist in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis). She is highly skilled in performing endoscopic procedures including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, video capsule endoscopy and chromo endoscopy. She has published many papers and book chapters and has been invited to lecture nationally on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dr. Rajapakse is excited to bring her expertise to the Harbor View and Mather Hospital families. Her passions are to serve her community by ensuring excellence in patient care and to help train the next generation of physicians.