Prof. S.D. Dharmaratne

 

 
  Email: samathd@pdn.ac.lk    
TP Number: 94 – 81 – 2396493    
Fax: 94 – 81 – 2389106    
Official Address  : Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka  
 
Educational Qualifications
  • Doctor of Medicine (Community Medicine) 
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Thesis titled “Road traffic accidents in the Kandy Police area and its economic implications”
  • Master of Science (Community Medicine)
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Dissertation titled “Chloroquine prophylaxis in pregnancy in the Anuradhapura district”
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Research interests
  • Medical statistics
  • Injury prevention
  • Road traffic injury prevention
  • Health economics
  • Epidemiology non-communicable diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Burden of diseases
  • Causes of death
 
Professional Qualifications      
Consultant Community Physician
 
Awards        
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
  • The President’s Award for Scientific Publications awarded for:
    • Highly rated scientific research as evaluated by peers and published in the year 2016
    • Highly rated scientific research as evaluated by peers and published in the year 2015
    • Highly rated scientific research as evaluated by peers and published in the year 2014
    • Highly rated scientific research as evaluated by peers and published in the year 2012
    • Highly rated scientific research as evaluated by peers and published in the year 2010
    • Scientific Research published in the year 2006 in International Scientific Journals cited in the Science Citation Index – British Medical Journal; 332: 334-335, 2006
  • National Research Council Merit Award for Scientific Research published in the year 2013
 
Scholarships        
  • Scholarship to attend the Fourth Annual Conference of Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Global Health: Innovation/Implementation/Impact, held in Washington Marriott, Washington DC, USA from May 14-16, 2013
  • Scholarship to attend and present papers at the 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2010) held in London, United Kingdom from September 21-24, 2010
  • Scholarship to attend and present papers at the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2008), held in the City of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from March 15-18, 2008.
 
  Employement        
 
  • Head, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Chair Professor of Community Medicine and Consultant Community Physician , Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Associate Professor in Community Medicine and Consultant Community Physician, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Senior Lecturer and Consultant Community Physician Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • House Officer in Anaesthesia (cardio-thoracic), General Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Medical Officer, Recovery Unit,General Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • House Officer in Anaesthesia,General Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • House Officer in Anaesthesia,General Hospital, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Medical Officer, Accident Service,General Hospital, Colombo South, Sri Lanka
 
  Associated Appoinments        
 

FELLOWSHIPS:  

  • Visiting Research Fellow Injury Research Centre, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia Feb 17, 2003 to Aug 17, 2003
  • Visiting Research Fellow Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Division, George Institute for International Health, (Affiliated with The University of Sydney), Sydney, Australia Aug 18, 2003 to Feb 16, 2004
  • Post Graduate Fellow Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America Feb 02, 2009 to Nov 21, 2009
  • Senior Fellow Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Dec 09, 2011 to date

HONORARY APPOINTMENTS:

  • Honorary Research Fellow Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Division, George Institute for International Health, (Affiliated with The University of Sydney), Sydney, Australia Feb 2004 for three years 

CONSULTANCIES:

  • Public Health Consultant The World Bank, 73/5, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka Sep 05 2007 to June 30, 2008
  • Temporary National Professional Officer (Injury Prevention) World Health Organization, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • To prepare the KAATSU International University to face the UGC reviews on institutional and subject (three curricula – Nursing, Acupuncture and Kaatsu) areas to obtain recognition as a degree awarding institution
  • To prepare a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Sports Medicine pertinent for the development of sports in Sri Lanka in keeping with national interests

AFFILIATE APPOINTMENTS:

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor Department of Health Metrics Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
  • Affiliate Associate ProfessorDepartment of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, United States of America
 
 
  Membership in Professional Organizations      
 

National:

  • Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka 
    • Life Member   – Since 1999
    • Assistant Secretary – Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2013
  • College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka
    • Life Member – Since 1997
    • Council Member   – 2006/07  
  • Kandy Society of Medicine, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    • Life Member – Since1996
    • Council Member – 1997/98, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2018/19
    • Social Secretary – 1998/99, 2001/02   
    • Joint Secretary – 2002/03, 2006/07
    • President Elect – 2016/2017
    • President – 2017/2018
    • Immediate Past President – 2018/2019
  • Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka
    • Life Member – Since 1997
    • Joint Secretary – 2005/06, 2006/07
    • Council Member – 2007/08, 2016/17, 2017/18
  • Peradeniya Alumni Association, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    • Life member– Since 2006
  • Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    • Life Member – Since 1996
    • Assistant Treasurer – 1998 to 2002
    • Council Member – 2009/10
  • Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Life Member – Since 1996
    • Committee Member (Section A) – 2005/06
    • Committee for the Popularization of Science – 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08
  • Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
    • Life Member – Since 1990
  • Sri Lanka Medical Association
    • Life Member – Since 1996
    • Council Member – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Chairperson, Expert Committee for Prevention of Road Traffic Crashes, Sri Lanka Medical Association – From Feb. 2013 to date

International:

  • Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) – Member, since 2004, Secretary – September 2005 to May 2007
    • Organized the first “Board Meeting” in Sri Lanka – January 6, 2006, Hotel Earl’s Regency, Kandy, Sri Lanka
    • Organized the “Trade Stall” for the RTIRN at the 8th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2006) – April 2-5, 2006, Durban, South Africa
    • Organized the “Partners Meeting” of the RTIRN at the 8th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2006) – April 2, 2006, Durban Hilton, Durban, South Africa
    • Organized the second “Board Meeting” in Switzerland – June 13-14, 2006, Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Organized the “Market Place” for the RTIRN at Forum 10 (Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research 2006) – October 29 to November 2, 2006, Cairo, Egypt
    • Organized the third “Board Meeting” in Malaysia – December 14-15, 2006, Hotel Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • Produced the Quarterly Newsletter of the RTIRN, “ROAD RESEARCH” – January 2006 to May 2007
    • Developed the website of the RTIRN and maintained it, (www.rtirn.net)  from January 2006 to May 2007
    • Maintained the RTIRN list serve, (RTIRN@YAHOOGROUPS.COM) from January 2006 to May 2007
  • International Society for Child and Adolescent injury Prevention (ISCAIP) – Member, since 2006
    • Secretary –June, 2009 to June 2011
    • Board Member – June 2011 to date
  • International Society for Violence and Injury Prevention (ISVIP) – Member, since 2006
  • International Biometric Society (Indian Region) – Member, since 2006
  • Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) – Member, since 2006
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) – Board Director, March 2015 to 2018
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) – Research Committee – Member, 2016 to date
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) – Global Health Competency Subcommittee – Member, 2016 to date, Co-Chair 2018 to date
 
 
  Teaching Experiance        
 

Undergraduate:FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA

  • In my current position in the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, I conduct lectures in statistics, epidemiology, research methodology, health economics, injury prevention and nutrition for medical undergraduates. 
  • I designed and developed the undergraduate teaching curriculum in statistics and have been teaching and conducting the evaluation in statistics, since 1996.  This was a component of the 3rd MBBS (part II) examination till 2004 when the faculty introduced a new module based curriculum.
  • I developed the teaching programs in nutrition, health economics and injury prevention and have been teaching and conducting the evaluations in these subject areas since 1996
  • I supervise physiology research projects of the 1st and 2nd year medical students and the pharmacology research projects of the 3rd year medical students, till 2004, when the new curriculum was introduced.
  • I was a member in the ‘Y’ Committee (Planning and Implementation Board) and am a member in the Communication, Learning and Research (CLR) Stream Committee and the Doctor in Society (DIS) Stream Committee (Modular committees of the “Beyond 2004” curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya). I am also a member in the ‘Z’ Committee (Examination and Evaluation Board) of the “Beyond 2004” curriculum.  In these functions I was actively involved in the curriculum revision that took place in the Faculty of Medicine in 2004.
  • I am a supervisor for the research projects of the medical undergraduates in the CLR Stream of the new curriculum.
  • I have been functioning as the Module Coordinator of the Locomotion Module for the Year 3 since April 2010.
  • I have been functioning as the Coordinator of the Communication, Learning and Research (CLR) stream, statistics component since March 2011.

Undergraduate:OUTSIDE THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE, IN THE UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA

  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in “Statistics” in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2007 and conducted lecturers in Basic Statistics for the first batch of undergraduate students.
  • I conduct lectures in “Health Economics” for Sociology students in the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • I conduct lectures on “Environment and Health”, for students in the Centre for Environmental Studies, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2010 and conducted lectures in “Society and Medicine” for B. Pharmacy Program the undergraduate students.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Community Dental Health, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and conduct lectures in “Statistics” for the undergraduate Dental students from 2010 to 2016.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2017 and conduct lectures on “Research Methodology” to date.

Undergraduate:OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA IN SRI LANKA

  • I was appointed as a part-time Lecturer in Statistics in the Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2002.  I conducted lectures in “Statistics” and evaluated the students of 1st and 2nd year Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveying) degree program during this appointment.
  • I conducted lectures in Statistics for the “Public Health Inspector Training Program 2005”, and the “Public Health Inspector Training Program 2009”conducted at the Regional Training Centre, Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka by the Ministry of Health.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care, Faculty of Health - Care Sciences, Eastern University, Sri Lanka in 2010 to conduct lectures in “Statistics” for the undergraduate Medical students.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in 2010 and conducted lectures in “Community Medicine” for the undergraduate Medical students
Postgraduate:FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA

  • I conduct lectures in “Statistics” and “Research Methodology” to medical postgraduates following the degree programs in Anesthesia, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo and provide statistical advice for their research projects. 
  • I provide statistical support to masters and doctoral students and the staff of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

POST GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA
I conduct lectures for the students following the,

  • MSc in Disaster Management
  • MSc in Medical Microbiology
  • MSc in Applied Statistics
  • MSc in Applied Epidemiology
  • Certificate Course in Applied Epidemiology

I supervise research projects of the,

  • MSc in Disaster Management
  • MSc in Applied Epidemiology
  • MSc in Applied Statistics
  • Certificate Course in Applied Epidemiology

I am an examiner at the,

  • MSc in Disaster Management
  • MSc in Medical Microbiology
  • MSc in Applied Statistics
  • MSc in Applied Epidemiology
  • Certificate Course in Applied Epidemiology

POST GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
I conduct lectures for the students following the,

  • MSc in Medical Administration
  • MSc in Community Medicine
  • MD in Medical Administration
  • MD in Community Medicine
  • MSc in Human Nutrition
  • MSc in Health Informatics
  • Diploma in Anatomy

I supervise research projects of the,

  • MSc in Medical Administration
  • MD in Medical Administration
  • MSc in Community Medicine
  • MD in Community Medicine
  • MS in Obstetrics and Gynecology

I am an examiner at the,

  • MSc in Community Medicine
  • MD in Community Medicine
  • MSc in Community Medicine Qualifying Examination
  • MSc in Community Dentistry Qualifying Examination
  • MSc in Medical Administration
  • MD in Medical Administration
  • MSc in Human Nutrition

FACULTY OF ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA, SRI LANKA

  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and conducted lectures in “Health Economics” for the Masters in Applied Economics Program and functioned as an examiner, from in 2010 to date.
  • I was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the Master of Development Practice (MDP) Program of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2011 and conducted lectures in “Health Economics” and “Public Health” till 2016.
  • I was appointed as a Resource person for the “Global Classroom – Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development” held at the Department of Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2011.
 
 
 
 


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