Ramona Rajapakse graduated from medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She did her medicine residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, England, and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City where she trained with one of the pioneering physicians in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). After fellowship, she joined faculty at Stony Brook University teaching hospital in New York where she was for 20 years. She set up the clinical IBD Service and the IBD Center at Stony Brook hospital, of which she was a director. During her time there she taught many generations of medical students, residents and fellows and was a coauthor for the GI curriculum for the medical students and author of the IBD curriculum for the fellows. She was a clinical director and practiced Gastroenterology with a focus on IBD. At StonyBrook, She was involved in policy as a faculty senator, and was chairperson of GI QA. As a member of the public policy council of the American College of Gastroenterology, she has travelled to Washington to advocate for IBD patients and received a Distinguished Physician award from the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation for her efforts. She was involved in many IBD clinical trials, authored numerous papers and edited a book on IBD.
She left Stony Brook University to set up a new Gastroenterology fellowship at Mather Hospital of which she is the Program Director. She is board certified in Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra, Northwell.