Professional background

Harsha Kariyawasam is a consultant in allergy and respiratory medicine with expertise in medical rhinology at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals.

He read medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, University of London. General medical training was undertaken in London, and specialist training in allergy, respiratory medicine and rhinology was completed at the Royal Brompton Hospital as senior house officer, clinical tutor and specialist registrar over a seven year period.

Further training at the Hammersmith Hospital (Airway Allergy and Disease), St Mary’s Hospital (general allergy) and St Thomas Hospital (skin allergy) was also undertaken. He was awarded the PhD thesis prize in recognition of outstanding research performance in 2008 from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, for work on how allergens injure the allergic airway and defining the growth factor molecular repair response to such injury.

He undertook further post-doctoral research training in nasal allergy before taking up his consultant post in 2008. He actively pursues clinical and basic science research related to general allergy, asthma, rhinitis, rhinology and immunotherapy. He is an honorary senior lecturer at both the MRC and Asthma UK centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and University College London.

He has professional membership of the British Thoracic Society

Research interests

Immune regulation mechanisms in chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps