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Mahesh Nirmalan

Vice Dean for Social Responsibility

Professor Mahesh Nirmalan is Professor of Medical Education and Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

He worked as Director of Clinical Placements (Commissioning and Quality Management) and Academic Lead for Years 3, 4 and 5 at Manchester Medical School until July 2015. In this role, he led the group responsible for revamping the entire clinical curriculum and introducing e-learning to enhance the learning experience of over 1,500 students each year. He also introduced Mandatory Minimum Standards for all undergraduate clinical placements in Manchester and Lancashire.

Professor Nirmalan is Visiting Professor in Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Cairo, Egypt and delivers postgraduate teaching in Critical Care Medicine in the UK, India, Sri Lanka and Egypt on a regular basis.

He graduated from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1990 (MB BS) and obtained a MD in Anaesthesiology from the same university in 1994. He became a Fellow of the Royal Collage of Anaesthetists (FRCA) in 1996.

Professor Nirmalan worked for the Medical Research Council (UK) between 1999 and 2001, and during this period undertook research into the pulmonary consequences of post-traumatic shock, leading to his PhD degree in 2001. He undertook further postdoctoral research with the Cardiovascular Research Group at The University of Manchester, studying the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress on calcium handling in cardiac ventricular myocytes.

He completed specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the North West Deanery in the UK and was appointed Consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2002. He joined Manchester Medical School in 2010 and was appointed as Professor in Medical Education in 2015.

Professor Nirmalan has a wealth of experience and an ongoing commitment to a range of social responsibility initiatives, both nationally and internationally. He represented the University at several national and international seminars and forums promoting education, career choices and professional and personal development.

He is also a trustee of Meththa Foundation (UK), a registered charity that has led the way in providing prosthetic limbs in Sri Lanka since the end of the war in 2009.