Residents and Fellows


Galle, Sri Lanka

Teaching Hospital at Karapitiya

Gayani Tillekeratne, MD, MSc-GH

Global Health Pathway Graduate
Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship Alumni

(919) 450-6091
Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine


Dr. Gayani Tillekeratne completed the Duke Global Health Fellowship Pathway in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine with Duke’s Division of Infectious Diseases.  During her global health fellowship, she 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.

GHP Related Publications

  • Tillekeratne, L.G., C.K. Bodinayake, A. Nagahawatte, D. Vidanagama, V. Devasiri, W.K. Arachchi, R. Kurukulasooriya, A.D. De Silva, T. Ostbye, M.E. Reller, and C.W. Woods, Use of Rapid Influenza Testing to Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions Among Outpatients with Influenza-Like Illness in Southern Sri Lanka. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2015. 93(5): p. 1031-7.

  • Tillekeratne, L.G., C.K. Bodinayake, A. Nagahawatte, D. Vidanagama, V. Devasiri, W.K. Arachchi, R. Kurukulasooriya, A.D. De Silva, T. Ostybe, M.E. Reller, and C.W. Woods, An under-recognized influenza epidemic identified by rapid influenza testing, southern Sri Lanka, 2013. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2015. 92(5): p. 1023-9.

  • Bodinayake, C.K., L.G. Tillekeratne, A. Nagahawatte, V. Devasiri, W. Kodikara Arachichi, J.J. Strouse, O.M. Sessions, R. Kurukulasooriya, A. Uehara, S. Howe, X.M. Ong, S. Tan, A. Chow, P. Tummalapalli, A.D. De Silva, T. Ostbye, C.W. Woods, D.J. Gubler, and M.E. Reller, Emergence of Epidemic Dengue-1 Virus in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 2016. 10(10): p. e0004995.

  • Dabrera, T.M., L.G. Tillekeratne, M.S. Fernando, S.T. Kasturiaratchi, and T. Ostbye, Prevalence and Correlates of Leprosy in a High-Risk Community Setting in Sri Lanka. Asia Pac J Public Health, 2016. 28(7): p. 586-591.

  • Tillekeratne, L.G., D. Vidanagama, R. Tippalagama, R. Lewkebandara, M. Joyce, B.P. Nicholson, A. Nagahawatte, C.K. Bodinayake, A.D. De Silva, and C.W. Woods, Extended-spectrum ss-Lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae as a Common Cause of Urinary Tract Infections in Sri Lanka. Infect Chemother, 2016. 48(3): p. 160-165.