Dr Prasanna de Silva

GMC No: 2940148

I am a dual trained adult and old age psychiatrist, have worked in Sunderland since 2014. Since 3/23 I have retired from fixed clinical activity but continue providing academic and coaching input to recently recruited International Fellows in the Trust.  Also acting as a second opinion doctor under the Mental Health Act and providing capacity reports for probate solicitors.

After basic medical training, I continued in Aberdeen in psychiatry including research in brain imaging in dementia. I completed my specialist training in York, which included experience in Neurology, Geriatrics and Hospice work. Thereafter I moved to Hull as Senior Lecturer (Adult Psychiatry and Rehabilitation) in 1996, before moving to my substantive post in Whitby as Adult and Old age liaison psychiatrist in primary care for the next 15 years from 1998, which included 8 years as College Tutor.

My primary academic interest is in Neuroinflammation; how immune processes affect psychiatric syndromes such as psychosis, depression, dementia, and delirium. I am a Cochrane Collaborator. On life outside medicine, I am part of the ‘cello section in Sunderland Symphony Orchestra and enjoy touring the highlands in my MX5 in between concerts.

Recent publications (46 peer reviewed publications overall)

  1.  De Silva, P.N. Neurobiological and epigenetic perspectives on hedonism, altruism, and conscience. BJPsych Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. doi: 10.1192/bja.2022.16
  2.  Finnigan, A., De Silva, P.N. An Introduction to Trauma Informed Care. 2023. An eCPD Module (Parts I & II) to RCPsych
  3.  De Silva, P.N. immunological perturbations, psychiatric disorders, and therapeutic prospects. Br.J.Hosp.Med. 2023; https://doi.org/10.12968/hmed.2022.0455