MBChB, FRACS, MD, Neurosurgeon, Capital & Coast DHB, Wellington, NZ
At ten years of age, Agadha emigrated from Sri Lanka with his parents and two younger brothers to Wellington and finished his secondary schooling at Scots College in 1980. He completed an MBChB at the University of Otago in 1986. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1998, specialising in Neurosurgery. He undertook his neurosurgical training in Auckland and Melbourne, and during the last 2 years of his neurosurgical training he completed a Doctor of Medicine in brain tumour biology investigating ErbB receptor protein signalling and was awarded an MD in 2005 by the University of Melbourne. He then completed post-fellowship training in skull base and paediatric neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Ohio.
He has been a consultant neurosurgeon at the Wellington Regional Hospital since 2000, with special interests in craniofacial surgery, skull base surgery and brain tumours. He has been an invited faculty speaker at the Advanced Skull Base Meetings, at the Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide. He has been a senior lecturer at the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago and Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Department of Neurosurgery in Wellington and involved in neurosurgery training at the Wellington Regional Hospital, teaching advanced and non trainee registrars. He has 43 publications in peer-reviewed journals and a one book chapter. With the team at the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute his research interests include cancer stem cells and the renin angiotensin system in brain tumours. He lives with his wife and has 2 children in their 20s and has other interests in garden landscaping and sports.