Lilangi Ediriwickrema

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Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Medicine
M.D., Yale School of Medicine
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Phone: For appointments please call: (949) 824-2020, Academic Office (949) 824-3476
University of California, Irvine
850 Health Sciences Road
Mail Code: 4375
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery, orbital disease, neuro-ophthalmology, biomarkers, spatial frequency domain imaging
Academic Distinctions
Board Certified, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
Vice Chair, Committee of Women in Vision Research, UCI Center for Translational Vision Research
Editorial Committee, AAO Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Section 7: Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery
Editorial Board, AAO One Network Neuro-ophthalmology
Awards and Honors
Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Honoree
National Heed Scholar
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness Scholar
Farr Scholar, Yale University School of Medicine
Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics Scholar
Cancer Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health
Fogarty International Research Training Award, Oxford University
Roy & Diana Vagelos Scholar in the Molecular Life Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
Nair AA, Ediriwickrema LS, Dolman PJ, Law G, Harrison AR, Mokhtarzadeh A, Stewart K, Men C, Lucarelli MJ, van Landingham S, Wingelaar M, Verma R, Chen A, Selva D, Garrity J, Eckel L, Kazim M, Godfrey K, Baxter SL, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. Predictive Modeling of New-Onset Postoperative Diplopia Following Orbital Decompression for Thyroid Eye Disease. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 May 13.
Himstead A, Gustafson K, Hasso A, Ediriwickrema LS. Internal Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm Causing an Abducen's Nerve Palsy. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology. 2021 Aug 18: 00: 1-3.
Long CP, Lu T, Ediriwickrema LS, Lin JH, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO, Liu CY. Colorectal carcinoma presenting in the orbit: mass effect from an uncommon cause. Orbit. 2021 Aug;40(4):338-341. doi: 10.1080/01676830.2020.1787466. Epub 2020 Jul 9. PMID: 32643502.
Men CJ, Ko AC, Ediriwickrema LS, Liu CY, Kikkawa DO, Korn BS. Canalicular laceration repair using a self-retaining, bicanalicular, hydrophilic nasolacrimal stent. Orbit. 2021 Jun;40(3):239-242. doi: 10.1080/01676830.2020.1768559. Epub 2020 May 20. PMID: 32431204.
Pai A, Carter S, Ediriwickrema LS. Bilateral Disc Edema Masquerade. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2021 Aug 5. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2021.0096. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34351380.
Merriot D, Carter S, Ediriwickrema LS. Transient Monocular Vision Loss. Controversies in Neuro-Ophthalmic Management – An Evidence and Case-Based Appraisal. Springer Publishing. New York City, New York, 2020.
Prendes MA, Geng J, Ediriwickrema LS, Areephanthu C, Burchell P, Kikkawa DO, Nunery WR, Korn B, Harold Lee HB. Assessment of the Safety and Efficacy of Prolapsed Orbital Fat Resection During Involutional Entropion Repair. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Jan/Feb;36(1):34-37. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001452. PMID: 31567912.
Men CJ, Ediriwickrema LS, Paik JS, Murdock J, Yen MT, Ng JD, Liu CY, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. Surgical Intervention of Periocular Infantile Hemangiomas in the Era of ß-Blockers. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Jan/Feb;36(1):70-73. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001466. PMID: 31809485.
Toomey CB, Protopsaltis NJ, Phou S, Bakhoum MF, Thorson JA, Ediriwickrema LS, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO, Goldbaum MH, Lin JH. PREVALENCE OF MISMATCH REPAIR GENE MUTATIONS IN UVEAL MELANOMA. Retina. 2020 Nov;40(11):2216-2220. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0000000000002732. PMID: 32032254.
Long CP, Ediriwickrema LS, Liu CY. Severe Progressive Bilateral Vision Loss With Headaches. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 May 1;138(5):582-583. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.0362. PMID: 32191266.
Yarmohammadi A, Baxter SL, Ediriwickrema LS, Williams EC, Kobayashi LM, Liu CY, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. Characterization of Facial Trauma Associated with Standing Electric Scooter Injuries. Ophthalmology. 2020 Jul;127(7):988-990. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.02.007. Epub 2020 Feb 14. PMID: 32359837; PMCID: PMC7703691.
Chen AJ, Ediriwickrema LS, Verma R, Vavinskaya V, Shaftel S, Deconde AS, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO, Liu CY. A case of mistaken identity: Saksenaea vasiformis of the orbit. Orbit. 2020 Aug 30:1-4. doi: 10.1080/01676830.2020.1814354. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32862746.
Ediriwickrema LS, Liu CY, Kikkawa DO, Korn BS. Development of Poliosis Following Checkpoint Inhibitor Treatment for Cutaneous Melanoma. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Sep/Oct;35(5):e121-e122. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001451. PMID: 31373986.
Chen TH, Yang PT, Kikkawa DO, Ediriwickrema LS, Afshari NA, Lee JE, Korn BS. A modified technique for bedside amniotic membrane application to the eyelid margins for Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jun;54(3):e118-e120. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2018.08.020. Epub 2018 Nov 28. PMID: 31109496.
Moysidis SN, Koulisis N, Rodger DC, Chao JR, Leng T, de Carlo T, Burkemper B, Ediriwickrema LS, George MS, Jiang Y, Bohm KJ, Gulati S, Torres RJ, Meallet MA, Moshfeghi AA, Flynn HW Jr, Mieler WF, Williams GA, Humayun MS, Eliott D. Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle Injuries to the Eye and Ocular Adnexa: The Management of Complex Trauma. Ophthalmol Retina. 2019 Mar;3(3):258-269. doi: 10.1016/j.oret.2018.10.005. Epub 2018 Oct 10. PMID: 31014704.
Ediriwickrema LS, Geng J, Nair AA, Prendes M, Gerber AL, Yang PT, Liu CY, Nunery WR, Harold Lee HB, Kikkawa DO, Korn BS. Single Suture Müeller Muscle Conjunctival Resection (ssMMCR): A Modified Technique for Ptosis Repair. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jul/Aug;35(4):403-406. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001380. PMID: 30908466.
Ediriwickrema LS, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. Thyroid-Related Orbitopathy, Restrictive Strabismus, Dermopathy, and Acropachy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Dec 1;136(12):e183217. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.3217. Epub 2018 Dec 13. PMID: 30543354.
Ediriwickrema LS, Korn BS, Kikkawa DO. Orbital Decompression for Thyroid-Related Orbitopathy During the Quiescent Phase. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jul/Aug;34(4S Suppl 1):S90-S97. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001119. PMID: 29771754.
Ediriwickrema LS, Miller NR. Tumors of the Optic Nerve and its Sheath. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2018 Spring;58(2):237-260. doi: 10.1097/IIO.0000000000000216. PMID: 29517652.
Stroh IG, Ediriwickrema LS, Miller NR. Gorham-Stout Disease Presenting as Acute Unilateral Proptosis. J Neuroophthalmol. 2018 Mar;38(1):70-74. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000569. PMID: 28837441.
Ediriwickrema LS, Chhadva P, Rodger DC, Ameri H, Rao NA. INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN IN THE TREATMENT OF JUVENILE RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA-ASSOCIATED CYSTOID MACULAR EDEMA AND UVEITIS. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2018 Summer;12(3):242-246. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000478. PMID: 27828903.
Liu TYA, Ediriwickrema LS, Vizcaino MA, Wenick A, Miller NR. Optic Nerve Infiltration and Vitreous Seeding by a Cerebral Glioblastoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr 1;135(4):400-401. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.5835. PMID: 28208187.
Ediriwickrema LS, Burnstine M, Saber MS, Rao N. Malignant solitary fibrous tumor of the orbit: Spectrum of histologic features. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2016 Oct 28;5:7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2016.10.007. PMID: 29503937; PMCID: PMC5757752.
Samimi DB, Ediriwickrema LS, Bielory BP, Miller D, Lee W, Johnson TE. Microbiology and Biofilm Trends of Silicone Lacrimal Implants: Comparing Infected Versus Routinely Removed Stents. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov/Dec;32(6):452-457. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000000590. PMID: 26588208.
Zhu D, Berry JL, Ediriwickrema L, Wong K, Lee TC, Murphree AL, Kim JW, Jubran R. Long-Term Outcomes of Group B Eyes in Patients with Retinoblastoma Treated with Short-Course Chemoreduction: Experience from Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2015 Dec;2(2):105-11. doi: 10.1159/000439593. Epub 2015 Nov 5. PMID: 27172535; PMCID: PMC4847672.
Ediriwickrema LS, Francis JH, Arslan-Carlon V, Dalecki PH, Brodie SE, Marr BP, Abramson DH. Intravenous injection of indocyanine green results in an artificial transient desaturation by pulse oximetry. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2015 Summer;9(3):252-5. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000152. PMID: 26002141.
Ediriwickrema LS, Zaheer W. Diffuse large cell lymphoma presenting as a sacral mass and lupus anticoagulant. Yale J Biol Med. 2011 Dec;84(4):433-8. PMID: 22180680; PMCID: PMC3238310.
Polgar O, Deeken JF, Ediriwickrema LS, Tamaki A, Steinberg SM, Robey RW, Bates SE. The 315-316 deletion determines the BXP-21 antibody epitope but has no effect on the function of wild type ABCG2 or the Q141K variant. Mol Cell Biochem. 2009 Feb;322(1-2):63-71. doi: 10.1007/s11010-008-9940-0. Epub 2008 Nov 11. PMID: 19002564; PMCID: PMC2631614.
Polgar O, Ediriwickrema LS, Robey RW, Sharma A, Hegde RS, Li Y, Xia D, Ward Y, Dean M, Ozvegy-Laczka C, Sarkadi B, Bates SE. Arginine 383 is a crucial residue in ABCG2 biogenesis. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 Jul;1788(7):1434-43. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2009.04.016. Epub 2009 May 3. PMID: 19406100; PMCID: PMC4163909.
Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute Neuro-ophthalmology Research Grant Award.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Foundation for Fighting Blindness Fellowship.
National Cancer Institute Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIH ICTS KL-2 Career Development Award.
Professional Societies
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
North American Neuro-ophthalmological Society (NANOS)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Other Experience
Fellowship - Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
University of California, San Diego - Shiley Eye Institute (Preceptor: Dr. Don Kikkawa)
Fellowship - Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Disease
Johns Hopkins University - Wilmer Eye Institute (Preceptor: Dr. Neil Miller)
Residency - Ophthalmology (Chief Resident)
University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Graduate Programs
Plastic Surgery
Research Centers
UCI Center for Translational Vision Research (CTVR)
UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS)
UCI Beckman Laser Institute
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