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Varatharajah Thurirajah, MBBS

Varathan was born and raised in Eastern province of Sri Lanka. He had his medical training at the Teaching Hospital, Jaffna and holds an MBBS from University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He worked as a medical officer in several districts in the island nation. He was promoted to become the regional director of health services in the Mullaitivu district in Sri Lanka. During this time this region was affected badly by the civil war.  He is one of the few doctors who remained in the war zone with civilians, working day and night, performing emergency resuscitation and lifesaving surgeries. With the limited facilities and dwindling medical supplies Dr. Varathan and his staff saved thousands of lives. As the war progressed he followed the fleeing population, continuously relocating the make shift hospitals. He remained with the civilians until the end of war, and until he himself was injured and taken captive by the government forces.

International pressure led to his release and he moved to US with his family for safety and to bear witness to what happened to the Tamil civilians under his care. Varathan earned a nomination for the Nobel peace prize. His memoir titled “A Note from the No Fire Zone” was published in May 2019. He began his medical journey in the US again with USMLEs and started his year of training as intern at GMC. Varathan’s passion of taking care of patients made him to choose internal medicine as his career of choice with the professional interests of preventive medicine and cardiology. Varathan lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife and two beautiful daughters age 6 and 10. He spends his spare time on raising awareness for protection of civilians and medical personnel in conflict areas, and bringing humanitarian assistance to the civil war victims.