Nipunie S. Rajapakse, M.D.

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Nipunie Rajapakse, M.D., is a pediatric infectious diseases physician. Her clinical focus includes:

  • Management of pediatric infections including:
    • Post-surgical, hospital-acquired, or device-related infections (e.g. orthopedic hardware infections, central line infections, VP shunt infections)

    • Community-acquired infections (e.g. pneumonia, skin infections, osteomyelitis)

    • Infections in immunocompromised children (e.g. those receiving chemotherapy, post-solid organ and bone marrow transplant, primary immunodeficiencies)

    • Tropical or travel-related infections

  • Expertise in the management of pediatric infections caused by resistant organisms (e.g. MRSA, multi-drug resistant gram negative bacteria etc).

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Rajapakse is active in research and education. Her primary research interests include studying ways of optimizing antibiotic use in children (antimicrobial stewardship) to decrease antibiotic resistance and other harmful effects, and identifying the best strategies to educate medical providers and the general public about appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. She has worked for the World Health Organization and has an interest in global health and outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases.

Dr. Rajapakse is a frequent contributor to the Mayo Clinic News Network (see News link above). She is the Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Medical Director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Tropical and travel medicine
  • Global health
  • Outbreaks of novel or emerging infectious diseases
  1. 2016
    Masters - Public Health (Global Health)Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  2. 2015
    Fellow - Pediatric Antimicrobial StewardshipAlberta Children's Hospital
  3. 2014
    Resident - Subspecialty Resident, Pediatric Infectious DiseasesAlberta Children's Hospital
  4. 2014
    Diploma - The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine - Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH)University of Alabama
  5. 2012
    Resident - PediatricsBritish Columbia Children's Hospital
  6. 2009
    MD - Doctor of MedicineUniversity of Alberta
  7. 2005
    BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of ScienceUniversity of Alberta

Awards and honors

  1. 2018
    Favorite Faculty AwardMayo Clinic Rochester
  2. 2018
    Mayo Quality Review Board/Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development Award for QI Project Antibiotic Stewardship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Reducing the Unnecessary Empiric Use of Broad-Spectrum AntibioticsMayo Clinic Quality Review Board, Quality of Care Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee
  3. 2018
    Lecturer of the QuarterMayo Clinic - General Pediatrics
  4. 2017
    Lecturer of the Month (November)Mayo Clinic - General Pediatrics
  5. 2016
    Top 3 Master of Public Health Practicum ProjectsHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  6. 2014
    Associate Dean's Letter of ExcellenceUniversity of Calgary
  7. 2014
    Distinguished Service Award (Bronze)University of Calgary
  8. 2013
    "Health Through the Lens" Global Health Photography Competition WinnerThe Lancet

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    Merit Review PanelPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  2. 2019 - present
    MemberEuropean Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  3. 2018 - present
    Vice ChairMayo Clinic Rochester Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  4. 2018 - present
    ConsultantHollywood, Health & Society, University of Southern California Annenberg Norman Lear Center
  5. 2018 - present
    MemberPediatrics Residency Recruitment Committee
  6. 2018 - present
    ConsultantMinnesota Department of Health - One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative
  7. 2018 - present
    State Fair Planning Committee MemberMinnesota Department of Health - One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative
  8. 2017 - present
    MemberImproving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) Infectious Diseases Workgroup (Children's Hospital Association)
  9. 2017 - present
    ContributorMayo Clinic News Center
  10. 2017 - present
    MemberInfectious Diseases Task Force of the Mayo Pharmaceutical Formulary Committee
  11. 2016 - present
    MemberSociety for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  12. 2016 - present
    MemberEnterprise Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Committee
  13. 2016 - present
    MemberRochester Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  14. 2016 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  15. 2016 - present
    MemberEmerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (World Health Organization)
  16. 2016 - present
    MemberPediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  17. 2014 - 2015
    MemberAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  18. 2013 - present
    FellowRoyal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  19. 2012 - present
    MemberInfectious Diseases Society of America
  20. 2012 - 2015
    MemberAssociation of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  21. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  22. 2009 - 2015
    MemberCanadian Pediatric Society