Kurukulaaratchy, Dr Ramesh

Ramesh KurukulaaratchyBM, DM, MRCP

Specialty

Respiratory and general medicine

Sub-specialty

Difficult asthma and allergy

Training and education

  • Graduated in medicine from the University of Southampton, 1994
  • Postgraduate research in asthma and allergy leading to a doctor of medicine postgraduate degree at the University of Southampton
  • Specialisation in general and respiratory medicine through the Yorkshire Deanery (2001 to 2006)
  • Consultant post in Southampton, 2006

Experience

Dr Ramesh Kurukulaaratchy (more commonly known as “Dr Ramesh”) is a respiratory consultant at UHS, specialising in severe asthma and allergy. He is also deputy director of The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight, and has held honorary senior lecturer and principal research fellow posts at the University of Southampton. In October 2018 he was formally appointed to the University of Southampton as principal research fellow.

Having led the severe asthma service at UHS since 2010, Dr Ramesh has developed it into a regional multidisciplinary resource alongside the creation of the Wessex Asthma Network, which he co-leads. The severe asthma service benefits from an innovative multidisciplinary clinical team which includes consultants, registrars, nurse specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists and dietitians. The team looks after around 1000 patients from across the South of England providing a very novel holistic approach to support the complex needs of patients with severe asthma.

Dr Ramesh has previously held several other leadership roles at UHS. From 2006 to 2010, he was the clinical lead for the respiratory centre, and head of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology from 2014 to 2016.

Responsibilities

Dr Ramesh has several other current local and regional responsibilities which include:

  • Co-lead for the allergic airways module of MSc in allergy at the University of Southampton
  • Lead for third and fifth year medical student allergy modules
  • Member of the South West Allergy & Immunology Network.

Research

In addition to his clinical work, Dr Ramesh has an active research portfolio, predominantly as a clinical epidemiologist. He has published over 65 articles in peer reviewed journals. His areas of research interest include the natural history, diverse nature, risk factors for and prevention of asthma and allergic disease as a senior co-investigator in the Isle of Wight research programme. Dr Ramesh has been a coapplicant on successful NIHR, MRC and NIH grant applications. He established, and is chief investigator for, the WATCH study within the severe asthma clinic. This study offers a novel research model that engages NHS clinic patients in research through their routine clinical care. Over 450 patients have been recruited, and the study has attracted external funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry.