Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Gayani Tillekeratne, MD, MSc-GH

GHP Graduate

Infectious Diseases

Department of Medicine


Dr. Gayani Tillekeratne began the Duke Global Health Fellowship Pathway in 2012 and was awarded a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship for her work investigating the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in Galle, Sri Lanka. As a Global Health Fellow, Dr. Tillekeratne also earned a Master of Science in Global Health

Dr. Tillekeratne received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received her MD from Duke University. She went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, during which time she was a member of the Global Health Track. She completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2012.

Dr. Tillekeratne serves as a faculty lead for DGHI’s priority partnership site in Galle, Sri Lanka. Her research activities include understanding the epidemiology of acute febrile illness, acute respiratory tract infections, and antimicrobial-resistance in Sri Lanka. She is particularly interested in the use of novel diagnostics to improve antimicrobial stewardship in resource-limited settings.

Representative Publications

Tillekeratne LG, Bodinayake CK, Nagahawatte A, Vidanagama D, Devasiri V, Arachchi WK, Kurukulasooriya R, De Silva AD, Østybe T, Reller ME, et al. An under-Recognized Influenza Epidemic Identified by Rapid Influenza Testing, Southern Sri Lanka, 2013. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2015;92(5):1023-1029.

Tillekeratne LG, Bodinayake CK, Nagahawatte A, Vidanagama D, Devasiri V, Kodikara Arachchi W, Kurukulasooriya R, De Silva AD, Ostbye T, Reller ME, Woods CW.​ In press.  An Under-Recognized Influenza Epidemic Identified by Rapid Influenza Testing, Southern Sri Lanka, 2013. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.  

Tillekeratne LG, Linkin DR, Obino M, Omar A, Wanjiku M, Holtzman D, Cohn J. A multifaceted intervention to reduce rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in a resource-limited setting. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jan;42(1):12-6.

Tillekeratne, L.G., Thielman, N.M., Kiwera, R.A., Chu, H.Y., Kaale, L., Morpeth, S.C., Mtweve, S.P., Shao, J.F., Bartlett, J.A., Crump, J.A. (2009). Morbidity and mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected patients in a community home-based care program in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, 2003-2005. Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology. Vol 103: 2, 1-11.

Tillekeratne, L.G., Feng, S., Schimana, W., Johnson, O.O., Kinabo, G.D., Mmbaga, B.T., Msuya, L.J., Shao, J.F., Swai, M.E., Crump, J.A., Cunningham, C.K. (2009). Identifying HIV-infected children who may benefit from early initiation of antiretrovirals. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Vol 4: 4, 1-6.

Johnson, O.O., Benjamin, D.K., Benjamin Jr, D.K., Schimana, W., Tillekeratne, L.G., Crump, J.A., Landman, K.Z., Kinabo G.D., Mmbaga, B.T., Msuya, L.G., Shao, J.F., Swai, M.E., & Cunningham, C.K. (2009). Total lymphocyte count and World Health Organization pediatric clinical stage as markers to assess need to initiate antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected children in Moshi, Northern Tanzania. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Vol 28: 6, 493-497.

Dabrera TM, Tillekeratne LG, Fernando MS, Kasturiaratchi ST, Østbye T. Prevalence and Correlates of Leprosy in a High-Risk Community Setting in Sri Lanka. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2016 Sep 6. pii: 1010539516666360. [Epub ahead of print].