Asitha Jayawardena

Assistant Professor


I am a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist who completed medical school at University of Iowa, otolaryngology - head and neck surgical residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard Medical School). My interests encompass the breadth of pediatric otolaryngology with a specific focus on children with ear and hearing problems. My research focuses on sustainable global health intervention including improving access to ear and airway care in low-resourced settings. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, watching and playing sports and cooking.


Pediatric otolaryngology


Undergrad:  Gustavus Adolphus College
Med School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Internship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard Medical School)
Grad School: University of Iowa College of Public Health

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology

Awards and Recognitions

  • Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Superstar
  • Gustavus Adolphus College First Decade Award
  • Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology 1st Place Research Prize
  • Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Prize Finalist
  • Best Video ‘Kenya Hear Me’ World Congress of ENT 2017 Paris, France
  • Carver College of Medicine Outstanding Student Service Award
  • American Medical Student Association Medical Humanities Scholar
  • New England Journal of Medicine Gold Scholar
  • University of Oxford/CCOM Medical Student Exchange Scholar
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Carver College of Medicine Student Organization Leader of the Year

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Coalition for Global Hearing Health

Research Summary

My research interests include expanding access to ear and hearing care to those in need using innovative technology and task sharing to enhance the reach of the tertiary otolaryngologist. I am also interested in the medical humanities, patient and family-centered care.  


  • Jayawardena A. Waiting for Something Positive. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jun 11;382(24):e89. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2008797. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID: 32320555.
  • Jayawardena ADL, Randolph GW, Hartnick CJ. Pediatric Modifications to Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: How I Do It. Laryngoscope. 2021 Feb;131(2):423-424. doi: 10.1002/lary.28661. Epub 2020 Apr 9. PMID: 32271464.
  • Jayawardena ADL, Nassiri AM, Levy DA, Valeriani V, Kemph AJ, Kahue CN, Segaren N, Labadie RF, Bennett ML, Elisée CA, Netterville JL. Community health worker-based hearing screening on a mobile platform: A scalable protocol piloted in Haiti. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2020 Feb 12;5(2):305-312. doi: 10.1002/lio2.361. PMID: 32337362; PMCID: PMC7178457.



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