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Published on May 15, 2018

Dr. Mevan Wijetunga Joins Altru Health System

Grand Forks, N.D. – Mevan Wijetunga, MD is joining the cardiology team at Altru Health System. He is a board-certified and specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, or management of heart rhythm disorders. He performs procedures such as implementation of cardiac monitors, pacemakers and defibrillators, as well as catheter based ablations of specific heart rhythm disorders. 

“I consider the opportunity to take care of a fellow human being is an unparalleled honor and privilege,” states Dr. Wijetunga. “I strive to become an advocate as well as a partner in the care of my patient. I cherish the trust of patients and colleagues.” 

Dr. Wijetunga earned his medical degree from Uppsala University School of Medicine in Uppsala, Sweden. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Internship at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii. He went on to complete his Cardiovascular Medicine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowships at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. 

“Every day provides an opportunity to help and make a difference in the life of someone with what I love doing,” says Dr. Wijetunga. 

Outside of work, Dr. Wijetunga enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, listening to music, traveling and exercise as often as he can. He is passionate about extending cardiac electrophysiology services to other places around the world, particularly for populations who cannot financially afford these services. Along with his colleagues, he’s been involved with volunteering by setting up cardiac electrophysiology laboratories, physician education and recycling of devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. 

Dr. Wijetunga is fluent in English, Sinhalese, Swedish and has working knowledge of the Norwegian language.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.