Lives of the fellows

Norendradas Jayaratnam Wallooppillai

b.6 June 1925 d.6 January 2011
MB BS Ceylon(1951) MRCP(1954) MRCP Edin(1955) FRCP Edin(1970) FCP SL(1972) FACC(1973) FRCP(1974)

Norendradas Jayaratnam Wallooppillai was a cardiologist in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Born in Colombo, in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he was the son of Thambapillai Wallooppillai, who was a solicitor, and his wife, Thangamma née Kandiah, whose father, Saravanamuthu, was a customs officer. A member of a large family from a wealthy background, he was educated at St Thomas College, Mount Lavinia, and studied medicine at the University of Ceylon and the General Hospital in Colombo.

After qualifying in 1951, he did house jobs at the General Hospital in Colombo and then travelled to the UK to study for the membership of the RCP and the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and do further training in cardiology. He then returned to Sri Lanka and was appointed a consultant physician at the General Hospital in Jaffna in 1956. Becoming physician in charge of the new cardiac investigation unit at the General Hospital in Colombo 10 years later, he set about equipping a state of the art unit. He worked closely with Thistle Jaywardene, who was the anaesthetist who set up the first surgical intensive care unit in Sri Lanka. Six years later, in 1972, he transferred to the cardiology unit at the same hospital.

He published several important papers on coronary heart disease and its care, particularly as experienced in his country. In 1973 he became a fellow of the American College of Cardiologists and he also, during his career, served as president of the Ceylon College of Physicians and of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. With George Rajanaygam Handy [Munk’s Roll, Vol.X, p.188] he was a founder member of the Sri Lanka Heart Association.

A good tennis player, he also had a passion for orchids and was president of the Orchid Circle of Ceylon. A religious man, his Hinduism was central to the way he lived his life.

In 1956 he married Yogeswari née Kandiah, whose father, Velupillai Ambalavanar Kandiah, was a solicitor. It is not known how many children they had but a daughter, Ms M Mahadevan, was living in Epsom, Surrey, at the time of his death.

RCP editor

[Ceylon College of Physicians College news. - accessed 6 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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