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Harischandra Bandhula Karunaratne
  • March 25, 1939
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  • May 01, 2016

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Harischandra Bandhula Karunaratne, known as “Dr. K” by his patients and colleagues, passed away on May1st, 2016 at age 77 after a 38 year battle with heart disease. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time.  He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 25th 1939 to L.D.S. and Clarice Karunaratne. He landed in the United States by way of New Zealand and Australia, and has resided in Central Florida since 1981. Dr. K opened his solo cardiology practice in 1983. He joined Florida Heart Group in 1999 where he practiced until his passing. He was extremely active at Florida Hospital in the department of Cardiology. He was the former vice president of the Florida Heart Institute, Director of Chest Pain Observation Unit, co-director of cardiovascular research, director of the Coronary Care unit, Chairman of the Department of Cardiology —  Florida Hospital Orlando Campus, and medical director of the Trina Hidalgo Heart Care Center since it was established in 2006. His honors include the inaugural “Care Award” for Florida Hospital staff, and he was a two-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year award for the Florida Hospital Residency program. He was a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Education was of the upmost importance to him, and he graduated with an M.B.B.S with Distinction in Medicine and an M.D. in General Medicine from the University of Ceylon. Bandhu, as he was known to his family and friends, was a loving and proud husband, father, grandfather, physician, and friend. His extensive knowledge and kind gentile manner will be truly missed by all.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Cathy; daughter Cara Jones (Jack); sons Timothy and Sean Karunaratne; his siblings Vessamitha Weeraratne; Anoja Bulumulle; Dhamma Ranasinghe; Chithra Perera; Mahendra Karunaratne; and his granddaughter Scarlett Jones. A public memorial service will be held in the near future and will be published at a later date.


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  1. 30 Jun 2020
    Tom Lassar MD says:
    Sorry I just heard of Bandhu's passing. He was one of my mentors at the University of Chicago and was "the doctor's doctor" ie the best of the best. Additionally he was an all around great guy, and even though we lost touch of one another, a friend as well. My condolences and best wishes to his family

  2. 24 May 2016
    Stewart & Sara Dunlap says:
    My husband and my family will always be grateful for Dr. K's expertise and care during my husband's open heart surgery 32 yrs. ago. Stew was only 48 at time and his heart is still doing well. Dr. K's kindness and guidance over the next few years were a blessing to us.
    May God's Blessings be with all of you always.

  3. 20 May 2016
    3AGQ says:
    Dr. K will truly be missed by my husband and me. He was truly concerned for all his patients. May God bless him and his family.

  4. 20 May 2016
    Dr. Bob Metzger says:
    Sorry that we were out of town for Bandhu's Memorial Service. It was always a pleasure to be with him, whether involving patient care or planning for the future for organ donation and transplantation at Translife and Florida Hospital. He was always available, whether "on call" or not. I envied his passion for medicine!
    He will be sadly missed.

  5. 13 May 2016
    Tilak lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2016 at 5:50:30 PM

  6. 13 May 2016
    Mark Sandler says:
    I was fortunate enough to be a patient of Dr. K for 15 years. I not only valued his expertise but also his warm, involved personality. I am but 1 of hundreds of people who have lost a fine man.

  7. 10 May 2016
    Shirley Lange says:
    Dr. K was my life savior. Very few in this world will ever live-up
    to the example he set in the form of care for people.

  8. 08 May 2016
    Udita Jahagirdar says:
    Heartfelt sympathies to Kathy and his children.
    He was a superb physician and a wonderful human being
    Will cherish his memory for ever
    Udita Jahagirdar
    Neela Mukhuty

  9. 05 May 2016
    Deanna Dukes says:
    Dr. K loved and served his medical community and he will be missed greatly. I knew him for over 20 years and had the honor to work with him in the hospital as well as in his clinic. I observed the love and devotion he had for his family, his tireless pursuit for education and research, and his ongoing dedication to providing excellent care to his patients. He overcame many of his own health challenges to help others overcome theirs. Dr. K taught me so much and I am forever grateful that he encouraged me to pursue my career as a nurse practitioner. The world is truly a better place because Dr. K blessed us all!

  10. 04 May 2016
    Verina says:
    I didn't know Dr. K very well but his reputation precedes him. I always hear awesome things about him and looked forward to meeting him. I finally met him one day in the office and he reminded me of my grandpa :) My condolences to Dr. K family and friends...my prayers are with you. I will miss seeing you around the office Dr. K

  11. 04 May 2016
    Sandra Wood says:
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. 04 May 2016
    Sandra Wood lit a candle:
    Lit since May 4, 2016 at 5:53:48 AM

  13. 03 May 2016
    Bonnie says:
    I was lucky enough to be a patient of Dr.K's for several years. He was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. He had a smile on his face and seemed glad to see me every visit. We would often talk about healthcare as I work in it also. The last time I saw him a few months ago, he didn't look well and seemed very tired. I was concerned and that time it felt like he was the patient not me. When he said he would see me in one year I wondered if he really would. I gave him an extra tight hug that day. I guess my next appointment will be in heaven. I will truly miss you Dr.K.

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