I was born on 1 April 1930 and attended The Royal College, Colombo Sri Lanka. The school's motto was 'Disce Aut Discede' ('Learn or Depart'). I later completed my MBBS at the University of Ceylon in 1956. My career has spanned across Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, with the latter the setting for a significant part of my career in Cardiology. I first posted as a Consultant Physician at the Jaffna and Galle General Hospitals Sri Lanka across 1963 to 1973 before moving to New Zealand in 1974.
It was during my early career I experienced a remarkable case where I was presented with a patient who was near death with Sheehan's Syndrome. I made the correct diagnosis and was able to treat the patient who recovered. The patient's relatives thought it was a miracle.
In New Zealand I was a Consultant Physician at the Hawera Hospital between 1974 and 1976 and a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist in New Plymouth between 1976 and 1997. A memorable honour for me during this time was being elected a Member – when I had not even applied – to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians during my first Consultant appointment in New Zealand in 1974. I was again paid the honour of being awarded the Fellowship of the College in 1978, again unrequested. I am very grateful to the RACP for their recognition.
In 1998 I moved to Australia where I was a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist at Gladstone Hospital in Queensland until 2004. I returned to New Zealand in 2005 to Auckland City Hospital as Consultant Physician and later as a Cardiologist at Waitemata Cardiology.
During these later years I was honoured to be made an Elected Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians London and an Elected Fellow of The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
In 2013, at the age of 83, I retired.
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