Dr Thushari Alahakoon

MBBS FRANZCOG DDU CMFM PhD
Clinical Senior Lecturer
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone 0288904851
Fax 0288904839

Website Westmead Institute for Maternal and Fetal Medicine
DR. Indika Alahakoon
Centre for Women's Ultrasound

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Biographical details

Dr. Thushari Indika Alahakoon is a Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist. Currently she is the Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Australia.

Her PhD thesis was titled Role of angiogenic factors and monocytes in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney 2016

Certification in Maternal Fetal Medicine, RANZCOG 2006

Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005

Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine 2005

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours Class I) University of Sydney 1996

Research interests

Preeclampsia

Fetal growth restriction

Biomarkers

Fetal anomalies and their antenatal predictors of outcome

Ethinicity and perinatal outcomes

Gestational diabetes

Stillbirth

Teaching and supervision

Medical student teaching at Western Sydney Clinical school

PhD supervision at University of Sydney

Training supervisor-Subspeciality training in Maternal Fetal Medicine

Speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Sonographer training-ASUM/ DMU qualification

Current research students

Project title Research student
MIDKINE AS A BIOMARKER OF PRE-ECLAMPSIA AND INFERTILITY RISK AMONG END STAGE RENAL DISEASE Tapasi KARMAKAR

Current projects

Research Head and Chief investigator, Research at the molecular laboratory Westmead Institute for Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • FAM 1 Pilot Study: Fetal Adrenal gland Measurement in Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Urinary angiogenic markers in the prediction of preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.
  • Study: Surgical anomaly Follow-up of gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Chief Investigator, Westmead Hospital. Collaborative study with the Westmead Children’s Hospital Department of surgery.
  • BlliNG study: Breast feeding length intensity in gestational diabetes mellitus. Supervisor, Collaborative study with Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals, multidisciplinary involving Endocrine Department Blacktown and Westmead Hospitals, midwifery staff.
  • Mifepristone use at an Australian tertiary referral hospital. Ms Sarah Melov, Supervisor, Westmead Hospital.
  • Renal disease and pregnancy-PhD project supervision, University of Sydney
  • Macrophage polarization in preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. MD research project University of Sydney. Ms. Jee Hye Kim, Medical student, MD research project, University of Sydney, 2015-2017
  • Assessment of Fetal Cardiac Function in Fetus with Extra-Cardiac Disease

Selected grants

2018

  • Are we there yet? Optimising timing of planned birth to improve newborn outcomes and reduce health service costs; Morris J, Nicholl M, McGee T, Alahakoon T, Nippita T, Ford J; Department of Health (Federal)/MRFF - Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) - Sydney Health Partners.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Teo, Z., Thomas, G., Levy, R., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Antenatal diagnosis of midgut volvulus with successful immediate post-natal management. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 32, 14-16. [More Information]
  • Melov, S., Tsang, I., Cohen, R., Badawi, N., Walker, K., Sannappa Venkatraman, S., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Complexity of gastroschisis predicts outcome: epidemiology and experience in an Australian tertiary centre. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Searle, A., Shetty, P., Melov, S., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Prenatal diagnosis and implications of microphthalmia and anophthalmia with a review of current ultrasound guidelines: Two case reports. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 12(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Alahakoon, T., Zhang, W., Arbuckle, S., Zhang, K., Lee, V. (2018). Reduced angiogenic factor expression in intrauterine fetal growth restriction using semiquantitative immunohistochemistry and digital image analysis. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 44(5), 861-872. [More Information]
  • Kapurubandara, S., Melov, S., Shalou, E., Mukerji, M., Yim, S., Rao, U., Battikhi, Z., Karunaratne, N., Nayyar, R., Alahakoon, T. (2017). A perinatal review of singleton stillbirths in an Australian metropolitan tertiary centre. PloS One, 12(2), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kapurubandara, S., Melov, S., Shalou, E., Alahakoon, T. (2016). Consanguinity and associated perinatal outcomes, including stillbirth. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 56(6), 599-604. [More Information]
  • Alahakoon, T., Zhang, W., Trudinger, B., Lee, V. (2014). Discordant clinical presentations of preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction with similar pro- and anti-angiogenic profiles. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 27(18), 1854-1859. [More Information]
  • Alahakoon, T., Crittenden, J., Illingworth, P. (2004). Value Of Single And Paired Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Measurements In Predicting Outcome Of In Vitro Fertilisation Pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(1), 57-61. [More Information]

2018

  • Teo, Z., Thomas, G., Levy, R., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Antenatal diagnosis of midgut volvulus with successful immediate post-natal management. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 32, 14-16. [More Information]
  • Melov, S., Tsang, I., Cohen, R., Badawi, N., Walker, K., Sannappa Venkatraman, S., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Complexity of gastroschisis predicts outcome: epidemiology and experience in an Australian tertiary centre. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Searle, A., Shetty, P., Melov, S., Alahakoon, T. (2018). Prenatal diagnosis and implications of microphthalmia and anophthalmia with a review of current ultrasound guidelines: Two case reports. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 12(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Alahakoon, T., Zhang, W., Arbuckle, S., Zhang, K., Lee, V. (2018). Reduced angiogenic factor expression in intrauterine fetal growth restriction using semiquantitative immunohistochemistry and digital image analysis. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 44(5), 861-872. [More Information]

2017

  • Kapurubandara, S., Melov, S., Shalou, E., Mukerji, M., Yim, S., Rao, U., Battikhi, Z., Karunaratne, N., Nayyar, R., Alahakoon, T. (2017). A perinatal review of singleton stillbirths in an Australian metropolitan tertiary centre. PloS One, 12(2), 1-11. [More Information]

2016

  • Kapurubandara, S., Melov, S., Shalou, E., Alahakoon, T. (2016). Consanguinity and associated perinatal outcomes, including stillbirth. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 56(6), 599-604. [More Information]

2014

  • Alahakoon, T., Zhang, W., Trudinger, B., Lee, V. (2014). Discordant clinical presentations of preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction with similar pro- and anti-angiogenic profiles. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 27(18), 1854-1859. [More Information]

2004

  • Alahakoon, T., Crittenden, J., Illingworth, P. (2004). Value Of Single And Paired Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Measurements In Predicting Outcome Of In Vitro Fertilisation Pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(1), 57-61. [More Information]

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