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Sharmila Dissanaike, M.D., FACS, FCCM


Professor and Peter C. Canizaro Chair, Department of Surgery
 Assistant Medical Director, Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center 

Patient Appointments:
Surgery Clinic : 806-743-2373
Clinic Location:
Surgery Clinic: Texas Tech Physicians Pavilion, 4th floor


Sharmila Dissanaike MD FACS FCCM is University Distinguished Professor and Peter C. Canizaro Chair at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. She is a clinically active trauma, burn and acute care surgeon who has won over 50 awards for clinical, academic and research excellence and service during her career. Dr. Dissanaike has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, in addition to numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed presentations, and national and international invited lectureships.

Dr. Dissanaike holds multiple national leadership and quality assurance roles including Chair of the American Burn Association Verification Committee, member of the ACS Trauma Verification Committee and Committee on Trauma, and on the Boards of the American Burn Association, SouthWest Surgical Congress, and the Texas Medical Board. She serves the American College of Surgeons as Governor and on the Committee for Ethics, the Advisory Council of Rural Surgery, and Program Committee highlighting her wide array of interests and longstanding dedication to advancing all aspects of surgical care. She is committed to surgical education and in particular, safeguarding the quality of general surgery residency training, and serves on the ACGME residency review committee for surgery.

My outpatient clinical interests focus on skin and soft tissue reconstruction for defects arising from large wounds or cancers, resection of redundant tissue such as excessive fat after weight loss, skin cancers, and hernia repair. I also perform routine general surgery, and have an inpatient practice focused on trauma, burns and critical care.

Research interests include all aspects of trauma, burns and the management of critically ill patients. I have a focus on injury prevention and the relationship between substance abuse and injury. I also have an interest in nutrition and surgical healing.  Director of the Burn Center of Research Excellence (BCoRE).



Surgical Critical Care / Trauma, University of Washington, 2007.


General Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2006

Medical School:

University of Sydney, Australia, 2000


Board certified in General Surgery
Board certified for Surgical Critical Care


In The News:


Governor Abbott Appoints Seven To Texas Medical Board District Three Review Committee

Join us in congratulating our Department Chair, Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike, for her appointment to the Texas Medical Board District Three Review Committee by Governor Greg Abbott.  More

50 Experts to Trust in a Pandemic

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike has been recognized by a national article as an expert to trust regarding CoVID-19. " … Not every health expert on social media talking about Covid-19 is an epidemiologist or infectious disease doctor. Dissanaike focuses on questions around the coronavirus and how it impacts surgeons and hospitals. ... she stresses the importance of narrowly focused specialists working together with broad-based generalists and drawing on new ideas about how to tackle the pandemic from different disciplines. …".   Elemental Editors, September 2020. More

Remediation lowers attrition among surgical trainees

ELI ZIMMERMAN Frontline Medical News. ACS Surgery News, Vol13. No. 10. October 2017. Web. More

HSC recognizes distinguished alumni

ELLYSA HARRIS. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal October 16, 2017. Web. More

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike: YWCA of Lubbock Women of Excellence awards

Brian & Mariah Williams. GO+TELL MEDIA. March 10, 2017 . Web. Women of Excellence 2017 | Dr Sharmilla Dissanaike. More

Tech Doc: Treatment lessons learned from mass shootings

Sharmila Dissanaike . Lubbock Avalanche-Journal August 8, 2016 . Web. More

Stop the Bleeding campaign trains first responders

Karin McCay, Anchor. KCDB News Healthwise. June 23rd, 2016. Web. More

Important tips for pool safety

Karin McCay, Anchor. KCDB News Healthwise. June 23rd, 2016. Web. More

When a Good Lap Chole Turns Bad

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, and Adnan Alseidi, MD.  GeneralSurgeryNews Opinions and Letters. a part of McMahon Publishing. February 11, 2016. Web.. More

Why surgery may be the safer option

Karin McCay, Anchor. KCDB News Healthwise. February 5th 2016. Web. More

Yes, I’m a Surgeon and Yes, I teach Mindfulness

Dissanaike, Sharmila.  Wellnessrounds. Don't hurt anything that has a name. Guest blog for Mary L. Brandt, MD at, November 22, 2015. Web. More

Multiple surgeries could be cause of recurring hernias. Local researchers assess risks of recurring ventral hernias

By ELLYSA GONZALEZ A-J MEDIA. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal November 25, 2014. Web. More

How to avoid cold weather related injuries

Dissanaike, Sharmila. Texas Tech Physicians Medical Minute. Dec 10, 2012. Web. More

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