DepartmentsChildren's CenterPediatric and Adolescent MedicineInfectious DiseasesSpecialty GroupsPediatric Infectious DiseasesLocationRochester, MinnesotaLanguagesEnglishExisting patientsSend a secure message via patient portal Biographical summaryNipunie 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. Conditions treatedCellulitisEndocarditisGeneral infectious diseasesMRSA infectionOsteomyelitisPneumonia InterestsAntimicrobial stewardshipAntimicrobial resistanceTropical and travel medicineGlobal healthOutbreaks of novel or emerging infectious diseases Mayo Clinic locations Rochester, Minnesota Driving directions More info Billing & insurance Accessibility services Education2016MPH - Global HealthHarvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health2015Advanced Fellowship - Advanced Fellowship in Pediatric Antimicrobial StewardshipUniversity of Calgary2014SubSpec Fellow - Subspecialty Resident, Pediatric Infectious DiseasesUniversity of Calgary2014Diploma - The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine - Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH)The Gorgas Course2012Resident - PediatricsUniversity of British Columbia2009Doctor of Medicine - Doctor of MedicineUniversity of Alberta2005BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of ScienceUniversity of AlbertaShow more education Activities and honorsCertifications2014Infectious DiseaseRoyal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada2013PediatricsRoyal College of Physicians & Surgeons of CanadaAwards and honors2022Excellence through Teamwork Award (Enterprise Antimicrobial Stewardship Outpatient subcommittee)Excellence Through Teamwork Award2020Nominated for Clinician of the Year and Quality Improvement Leader awardsDepartment of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine2019Nominated for Pediatric Clinician of the Year AwardDepartment of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine2018Favorite Faculty AwardMayo Clinic Rochester2018Mayo 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 Committee2018Lecturer of the QuarterMayo Clinic - General Pediatrics2017Lecturer of the Month (November)Mayo Clinic - General Pediatrics2016Top 3 Master of Public Health Practicum ProjectsHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health2014Associate Dean's Letter of ExcellenceUniversity of Calgary2014Distinguished Service Award (Bronze)University of Calgary2013"Health Through the Lens" Global Health Photography Competition WinnerThe LancetShow more awards and honorsProfessional memberships2023 - 2026Committee MemberPIDS Programs & Meetings Committee2022 - presentMedical ExpertMayo Clinic Press Children's Advisory Board2021 - presentFellowship Training Program Recruitment Committee MemberDivision of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine2021 - presentMemberVisibility Committee, Mayo Clinic Children's Center2020 - presentAdvisorPediatrics Residency Program2019 - presentMerit Review PanelPatient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute2019 - 2020MemberDiversity, Inclusion, and Wellness Committee - Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine2019 - presentMemberEuropean Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases2018 - presentVice ChairMayo Clinic Rochester Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee2018 - presentConsultantHollywood, Health & Society, University of Southern California Annenberg Norman Lear Center2018 - 2021MemberPediatrics Residency Recruitment Committee2018 - presentConsultantMinnesota Department of Health - One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative2018 - presentState Fair Planning Committee MemberMinnesota Department of Health - One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative2017 - presentMemberImproving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO) Infectious Diseases Workgroup (Children's Hospital Association)2017 - presentMedical Expert ContributorMayo Clinic News Center2017 - presentMemberInfectious Diseases Task Force of the Mayo Pharmaceutical Formulary Committee2016 - 2017MemberSociety for Healthcare Epidemiology of America2016 - presentMemberEnterprise Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Committee2016 - presentMemberRochester Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee2016 - presentMedical DirectorPediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee2016 - presentMemberMinnesota Medical Association2016 - presentMemberEmerging Diseases Clinical Assessment and Response Network (World Health Organization)2016 - presentMemberPediatric Infectious Diseases Society2014 - 2015MemberAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene2013 - presentFellowRoyal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada2012 - presentMemberInfectious Diseases Society of America2012 - 2015MemberAssociation of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases2009 - presentMemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics2009 - 2015MemberCanadian Pediatric SocietyShow more professional membershipsPublicationsSee my publications Biographical summaryConditions treatedInterestsMayo Clinic locationsEducationActivities and honors Request an appointment PST-20308513 Doctors & Medical Staff Rajapakse, Nipunie S. 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