Prof. Malkanthi Chandrasekara
Senior Professor of Anatomy
TP. Number 081- 239 6262 /   071-2735179  
Office Address Department of Anatomy , Faculty of Medicine
University of Peradeniya
Educational /Professional Qualifications

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1974)
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK(1983)

BDS – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1974)
PhD – University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK(1983)-Commonwealth Academic Award 1980
            Commonwealth Medical award for post doctoral research in 1991 - UK

Research Interest
  • Tooth Eruption
  • Biometric studies and pedigree analysis of the Veddas of Sri Lanka
  • Human Growth Studies
  • Biometric and Odontometric Studies of the Pre-historic, historic and contemporary populations of Sri Lanka
  • Dental Fluorosis
Positions held (Selected)
  1. Warden, Wijewardena Hall of residence, & James Peiris Hall for 15 years
  2. Student Counselor, University of Peradeniya – 1976 to 1977
  3. President Buddhist Brotherhood, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya – February 1984 to February 1985; Patron Buddhist Brotherhood from 1994 to-date
  4. Head Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya – February 1984 to February 1985, 1994 – 2002 and 2008 to 2011
  5. Secretary & Treasurer, Peradeniya Medical Faculty Teachers Association in 1986/1987 & 1987/1988 respectively
  6. Member of Senate, University of Peradeniya – 1994 to to-date
  7. Chairperson of Research Ethical & Higher Degrees Committee, Faculty of Medicine from 1995 to 1999
  8. Senior Treasurer, Anatomical Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya – 1993 to 1996; Patron from 1996 to-date
  9. Chairperson of the Buildings committee Faculty of Medicine in 1997-1998
  10. Member of Senate Research Committee from 1995-1999
  11. Senior Student Counselor, University of Peradeniya in 1999.
  12. Chairperson of 3rd  International Medical Congress, Kandy in 1996
  13. Advisor – 4th & 5th International Medical Congress, Kandy in 1998 and 2000 respectively
  14. Vice Chairperson of the Medical Exhibition Committee in 1998
  15. Advisor to Medical Exhibition, 2009
  16. Chairperson – Curriculum Coordinating Committee – 2009 to 2011
  17. Deputy Proctor from 2005 – 2006 and 2009 to 2010
  18. Faculty Representative to Human Rights Committee, University of Peradeniya 2008 - 2009 
  19. Council Member of University of Peradeniya from 2006 – 2009
  20. Council Member – University Grants Commission 2011 to-date
  21. Chairperson – standing Committee on Medical & Dental education, UGC
  22. Member of the Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo 2006-2008 2011 to-date
Special Appointments and Activities as an Academic
  1. Special appointment by the University Grants Commission (UGC)to establish a Medical Faculty at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka – leader of the Pioneering Team. From 2006-2008
  2. Founder Dean/Faculty of Medical & Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka 2006-2008
  3. Senate Member & Council Member of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. 2006-2008
onorary fellow of the South East Asian Association for Continuing Dental Education
Services to the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya and University of Peradeniya
  1. Teaching Anatomy to Medical & Dental students
  2. Examiner at 2nd MBBS & 2nd BDS examination
  3. Supervising of Postgraduates
  4. Training of Postgraduates in MS (Part I) General Surgery & Dental Surgery
  5. Training of Postgraduates MD (Part I) Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  6. External Examiner in Anatomy at Medical Faculties at Colombo, Karapitiya, Jayewardenepura and Ragama


  1. Postgraduate Institute of Medicine -   Secretary of the Speciality Board in Anatomy-

       2009 to-date

  1. Member of the Board of Study in Basic Sciences-

2009 to-date

  1. Member of Board of Management – 2006 to-date
  2. MCQ Core Group Member – MS Dental
  3. Examiner at MS (Part I) Dental Surgery
  4. Examiner at MD (part I)General Surgery
    • Visiting Lecturer to the Faculty of Dental Sciences
    • Examiner for MSc, MPhil & PHD degrees at Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Karapitiya, Ragama and Colombo
    • Planning and Implementation of the new Curriculum at Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya (at present Chairman of Curriculum Coordinating Committee)
Awards (Selected)
  • Special award by the Hon. Governor Central Province for the contribution to Daham Pasal in the Central
  • ProvinceSpecial award for Buddhist Activities from Mahapola Bhikku Trust, Kandy
Other Services as an Anatomist
Visiting Lecturer
  1. Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Peradeniya
  2. Postgraduate Institute of Science, Peradeniya
  3. Physical Education Diploma course, Faculty of Arts Peradeniya
  4. Open University of Sri Lanka, Polgolla
  5. Medical Laboratory Technicians, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya
  6. SAITM Private Medical School, Malabe
Text Books and Monographs Published
  1. Morphology of the Permanent Dentition – First Edition 1997 by Malkanthi S. Chandrasekera. (ISBN 955-96381-0-6)
  2. An Atlas of human Embryology – First Edition 1999 by Malkanthi S. Chandrasekera. (ISBN 955-96381-1-4) Second Edition 2001
  3. Human Embryology – First Edition 2006 by Malkanthi S Chandrasekera       (ISBN 955-99390-0-9)
  4. Skeletal Remains of Bellan Bendi Pelessa – Monograph in Spolia Zeylanica, 2004
  5. A Sri Lankan National Growth Study – Monograph, 1999
Membership in Learned and Other Associations
  • Member of Ceylon Medical Council.
  • Member of  College of Dentistry and Stomatology, Sri Lanka.
  • Member of Kandy Society of Medicine, Sri Lanka.
  • Member of Sri Lanka Association of University Women, Sri Lanka.
  • President of  Sri Lanka Dental Association in 2004/2005
  • Member of the University of Peradeniya Alumni Association.
  • Member of the Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association.
  • Founder President and Council Member of the Dental Faculty Alumni Association
  • Member of the International Association for Dental Research.
  • Council Member of the Centre for Intersectoral Community Health Services. (CICHS)
  • President and Editor of the Nature Club of Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • President-Medarata Viskha Vidyalaya, Old Girls Association
  • Member of the organization of Professionals, Kandy & Colombo
  • President of the Nature Society of Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Secretary of Ceylon CNAPT, Kandy (Ceylon National Association for Prevention of Tuberculosis,) Kandy Branch
  • Editor of the Cancer Society, Kandy Sri Lanka
  • Secretary Lanka Bauddha Sanrakshana Sabhava, Kandy
  • Vice President of Success Sri Lanka
  • Committee Member of Buddhist Doctors Association from 2006 to-date.
  • Member of the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress, Colombo.
  • Trustee of the ‘Buddhist Activities Fund’ Colombo.
National Development

President of the Sri Lanka Dental Association           - 2004

Secretary, Ceylon National Association for Prevention   of Tuberculosis, (CNAPT) Kandy

Committee Member of the Cancer Society, Kandy

Member of the Standing Committee on Medical and

Dental Education, University Grants Commission     - Aug 2006 to Feb 2008

Course Coordinator in Anatomy for Radiographers Faculty of Allied Sciences

Honorary Award for the services rendered to the      - 2005

Buddhist Community in the Central Province by the Governor of Central Province

Member of the Provincial Scientific Research            - 2007

Committee for Prevention of Kidney Diseases,    North Central Province 

Member of the Pioneer Group in the establishment   - Appointed by the of the Faculty of Medical Allied Sciences,   University Grants of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka   Commission

Training Grassroots Women in Health Education And Firstaid-Organised by Kantha Poshana Reka
(Women’s Nutrition Network), Kandy

Member of the “UDANA” programme – A programme   for “TSUNAMI” affected children    Organised by UDANA, Department of Pali and  Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya

Vice President of “Success Sri Lanka” Kandy          

Committee Member of Buddhist Doctors   Association, Kandy

Trustee of the “Bodu Sahana Aramudala”  Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07

Social Service Activities
Providing private scholarships to needy University students at Peradeniya and Rajarata  
For Needy Children
Financial support for education to school children in remote areas

Eg. Thanamalwila, Welikanda, Minihirigama, Bakamoone, Elehera, Attanakadawala, Orubendisiyambalawa, Kottapitiya, paragala, Deltota, Galenbindunuwewa, Endiribedda, Potivil, Anuradhapura, Galgamuwa, and Wasgamuwa – since 1997

Help in conducting English classes for needy children in Galenbindunuwewa,   Endiribedda, Puttalam and Galgamuwa

Financial support and provision of needy material to pre schools in remote areas in Sri   Lanka.  Construction of preschools, provision of garden equipment etc..

Provision of books to School Libraries in remote areas eg; Potuvil, Endiribedda Temple, Sevanapitiya (Welikanda)Temple, Paragala Temple and Monaragala



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