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N. Romesh Wijesooriya, MD

Associate Professor, Associate medical director of telehealth for VCU Health, Virginia Children's Care Network - board member
122 Ratings
22 Comments
Specialties

Weight management, General pediatrics/primary care

Board Certifications

General pediatrics, Obesity medicine

Locations

Children's Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Healthy Lifestyles Center
2303 N. Parham Road, Suite 1
Richmond, VA 23229
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Areas of interest

General pediatrics
Telehealth
Obesity medicine
Health disparities
Medical education

Languages

Spanish

Bio

Romesh Wijesooriya is an Assistant Professor of General Pediatrics at CHoR. He has served as the Division Chair of General Pediatrics since 2014. Additionally, he serves as the Medical Director for the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at CHoR, he is an Assistant Medical Director for Telehealth at VCUHS and is a founding Board Member of the Virginia Children's Care Network (VCCN).

Romesh received his BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Biology in 1999 from The University of Virginia where he was an Echol's Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar. After graduating, he spent one year working at a hospital and orphanage in Jos, Nigeria before returning to The University of Virginia for Medical School. He received his MD from U.Va. in 2004 and he completed his pediatric residency training at VCUHS in 2007. He served as Chief Resident for one year and subsequently joined the faculty of VCUHS in 2008. He has been board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2007. Due to his interest in pediatric obesity, he pursued and received his certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2015. In 2016 he attended the Harvard Leadership Development Program for Physicians in Academic Health Centers.

During his time as the Division Chair, the Division of General Pediatrics has expanded from 14 pediatric providers (MDs and NPs) in 2014 to 22 providers (MDs and NPs) in 2020. Additionally, since 2014, the division has seen steady and clear year over year growth in patient volumes (76% increase in patient volumes over 7 years), profit margins, new program development, program expansion, research funding and activity, and educational activity. This clear growth in clinical, educational and research activity and productivity within the division has led to many members of the division Wijesooriya, Niran Romesh 11 of 13 being appointed to leadership roles and responsibilities at the institutional, local, regional and national levels.

Romesh maintains a primary focus on clinical care of patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. His special interests include medical education of residents and medical students, family-centered care, access to quality health care for patients and families who exist in lower socioeconomic environments, obesity in the pediatric population, and telehealth.

As a general pediatrician who has practiced medicine (and lives) in an urban, low-income, and under-resourced community since 2004, Romesh has had to grapple with the reality and challenges of health disparities for low-income communities. He has come to recognize that these disparities are generational and systemic in nature. Romesh is committed to improving health outcomes by changing the systems (medical, financial, educational, social, law enforcement, etc.) that have created and perpetuate these disparities.

Romesh has also developed a niche interest in Telehealth. In 2019 he was appointed as the Assistant Medical Director of Telehealth at VCUHS and has been part of the team that helped to manage a 5000% growth in telehealth volumes at VCUHS during the COVID-19 crisis. Romesh believes that telehealth if managed and appropriated and wisely, has a unique opportunity to enable health care to be more patient-centered, cost-effective, collaborative and accessible.

Romesh is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Obesity Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has been recognized for his excellence as a medical educator on numerous occasions including being voted the "Best Teacher" in the Pediatric Clerkship on 2 separate occasions. He has received a number of different accolades for his clinical work including being named to Richmond Magazine's "Top Docs" list annually since 2012. While Romesh has primarily been recognized for his work as a clinician, a medical educator and a physician leader, he has also been able to partner with leading researchers on numerous research projects. He has been invited to collaborate on grant-funded research projects evaluating topics including pediatric obesity, medical education, telehealth, and maternal and infant microbiomes. The findings of these various research projects have been presented at national conferences and published in highly regarded peer review journals including Nature Medicine.

Throughout his career, Romesh has been actively involved in serving the Department of Pediatrics, the VCU School of Medicine, the VCU Health System and the University. He has served on a number of different committees since joining the VCUHS faculty in 2008. He has also repeatedly been invited to join strategic planning initiatives for the Department and the Health System. Most recently, he participated in CHoR Pediatric Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) Taskforce that resulted in the formation of the Virginia Children's Care Network (VCCN) in 2020. The VCCN is the first pediatric-focused CIN in central Virginia and the first CIN involving the VCU Health System. Romesh is currently serving as a founding board member for the VCCN.

Romesh is joyfully married to Lawson and they are the proud parents of 2 energetic Wijesooriya, Niran Romesh 12 of 13 boys. He lives in Church Hill in downtown Richmond. He has been and continues to be deeply committed to his neighborhood and the City of Richmond. He has participated and led a number of different community-based initiatives seeking to address economic and health disparities. From 2005 - 2015 he served as president of Urban Hope, an affordable housing non-profit in the city of Richmond committed to preserving affordable housing for economically challenged urban families in the City of Richmond. From 2011 - 2017 he served on the PTA committee overseeing the application and implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the neighborhood elementary school (Chimborazo Elementary) that his children attended and recently graduated from. He is a founding member of East End Fellowship, a multi-ethnic, economically diverse Christian church located in the east end of Richmond that is committed to "seeking the welfare of the city".

Education

Medical School University of Virginia
Residency Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Research interests

General pediatrics, Telehealth, Obesity medicine, Health disparities, Medical education

Publications

  • Fettweis, J.M., Serrano, M.G., Brooks, J.P. et al. The vaginal microbiome and preterm birth. Nat Med 25, 1012-1021 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019- 0450-2
  • Serrano, M.G., Parikh, H.I., Brooks, J.P. et al. Racioethnic diversity in the dynamics of the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy. Nat Med 25, 1001-1011 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0465-8 3.
  • Proctor, L.M., Creasy, H.H., Fettweis, J.M. et al. The Integrative Human Microbiome Project. Nature 569, 641-648 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1238-8 4.
  • Kimbrough TN, Heh V, Wijesooriya NR, Ryan MS. Family-centered rounds and medical student performance on the NBME pediatrics subject (shelf) examination: a retrospective cohort study. Med Educ Online. 2016;21(1):30919. doi:10.3402/meo.v21.30919 5.
  • Romesh Wijesooriya N, Mishra V, Brand PLP, Rubin BK. COVID-19 and telehealth, education, and research adaptations [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 18]. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2020;doi:10.1016/j.prrv.2020.06.009 

Ratings & reviews

122 Ratings
22 Comments

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June 2021
So incredibly caring & knowledgeable. Respects our opinions, gives good education. Really takes time to make sure our questions are answered.
March 2021
Awesome experience.
February 2021
Ramesh is always professional & current. He is always personable.
January 2021
Fantastic doctor!
October 2020
Dr. Ramesh is the best! He gives practical tips and advice and is so friendly and caring. He definitely puts us at ease every visit and addresses every concern.
October 2020
Dr. Romesh is not only extremely personable and makes my son comfortable, but he's clearly very knowledgeable and we trust him completely.
September 2020
We are so thankful for Dr. Romesh's guidance and care.
September 2020
Dr. Romesh is caring and professional. We respect him and his recommendations and recommend him to our friends & family.
September 2020
We are so glad to have Dr. Wijesooriya as our pediatrician! Truly the best.
August 2020
Romesh is always attentive to our needs.
June 2020
Dr. Romesh is the best provider for my children
March 2020
I recommend Dr. Wijesooriya to everyone I know. He is patient, compassionate, and kind and I feel like he genuinely cares for my son and my family.
November 2019
I am very confident in Dr. Romesh. [...]
September 2019
We were able to have a candid conversation about my high schooler. I appreciate the time he took with us.
April 2019
Dr. Ramesh is wonderful! We are so happy to have him as the PCP for our kids.
March 2019
He was great and answered all my questions and asked follow up questions to make sure I understood everything.
February 2019
Dr. Romesh is excellent!
January 2019
He is wonderful
December 2018
He was exceptionally good with my child. Very friendly and put her at ease.
December 2018
While this provider is not our pediatrician, we could not have had a better experience with him.
October 2018
Dr Wijesoryia is top notch. There is noone else that I trust more with my son's health. He truly cares about the well being of [...]. The best pediatrician I've ever encountered
September 2018
best doctor ever

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Board Certifications


Clinical Interests

  • General pediatrics
  • Telehealth
  • Obesity medicine
  • Health disparities
  • Medical education

Provider Videos

  • Telehealth visits the tricks of the trade with Romesh Wijesooriya, MD

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