Rukshen Weerasooriya

Dr, Clinical Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M510), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Weerasooriya is a UWA graduate who completed cardiology training at Royal Perth Hospital. Rukshen commenced private atrial fibrillation ablation procedures in 2003 after returning from 2 years training overseas at the world’s leading centre for AF ablation – the Hospital Cardiologique du Haut Leveque in Bordeaux, France. AF ablation was pioneered and subsequently developed for mainstream application by the cardiac electrophysiologists in Bordeaux.

Rukshen is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UWA and has maintained close links with his alma mater and he maintains a position as visiting scientist at the LIRYC Institute of advanced cardiac arrhythmia mapping in Bordeaux. Rukshen has sub-speciality training in all aspects of heart rhythm management, and in addition to performing catheter ablation procedures, the practice is a high-volume implanter of cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.

He now leads Heart Rhythm Clinic, a private medical practice in Nedlands specialising in the management of cardiac electrical disorders – particularly atrial fibrillation. In 2018 Rukshen became the first to offer the HyCASA procedure (Hybrid Catheter Ablation and Surgical Ablation) in Australia.

On behalf of his family Rukshen has established the UWA Weerasooriya Family Fairway Medical Scholarship to encourage and support graduates of UWA’s Fairway program to study medicine at UWA. UWA’s Fairway program is an admission entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances and provides academic, financial and personal support.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors – GAICD

… → 2012

Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand - FCSANZ

… → 2003

Athelstan and Amy Saw Overseas Medical Research Scholarship (UWA)

… → 2002

Athelstan and Amy Saw Overseas Medical Research Scholarship (UWA)

… → 2001

Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians – FRACP (Cardiology)

… → 2001

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS

… → 1995

Hamish Macmillan Prize in dermatology (UWA)

… → 1994

CB Kidd Memorial prize in psychiatry (UWA)

… → 1994

Bachelor of Medical Science – BMedSc (First Class Honours in Medicine)

… → 1994

NHMRC BMedSc scholarship

… → 1992

National Heart Foundation of Australia vacation research scholarship

… → 1991

External positions

CSANZ WA Chairman

Hollywood Private Hospital Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Chairman

Liryc (Bordeaux) Visiting Scientist

Heart Foundation Fellow (NHFA fellow)

Hearts for Heart (Australia) Board member

MAC Hollywood Private Hospital

Alliance Francaise Western Australia

Industry keywords

  • Health
  • Medical Devices
  • Medicine and Pharma


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