Shamala Thilarajah | World Stroke Organization
Shamala Thilarajah

Shamala Thilarajah

Principal Physiotherapist

Member Bio

Dr Shamala Thilarajah is a Principal Physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Dr Thilarajah has been a physiotherapist since 2004, having completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2003, Master of Health Sciences (Neurological Physiotherapy) in 2008 and her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in 2018. Her research interest is in translating evidence to practice and life after stroke.

Having trained as a physiotherapist in Sydney and London before returning home to Singapore in 2012, Dr Thilarajah has worked across the continuum of care in stroke. She has held senior clinical positions in neurosurgery, acute stroke, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. At present, Dr Thilarajah leads several stroke rehabilitation improvement projects at the Singapore General Hospital. An energetic and inspiring educator, Dr Thilarajah teaches regularly on stroke rehabilitation courses. A passionate advocate for people with stroke and other disabilities, Dr Thilarajah was recently awarded the Healthcare Humanity Awards (Volunteer category). She believes in equal access to social participation for people with disabilities. She is an avid volunteer with Singapore National Stroke Association (SNSA) since 2015 and currently holds the position of secretary in SNSA.

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