Prof. Arjuna Medagama
Professor in Diabetic Medicine, Head/ Department of Medicine
Office Address

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya

Email: arjunam@pdn.ac.lk
Telephone: +94 81 2396470
   

 

Educational/Professional  Qualifications:

  • MBBS (University of Peradeniaya- 1998)
  • MD (University of Colombo- 2005)
  • MRCP (UK) 2006
  • FRCP (London) 2015
  • FCCP (SL) 2016 2015
 

 

Academic Positions held:           

  • Professor in Diabetic Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, from 29.11.2016 to date
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, from 2009 to 29.11.2016
  • Consultant Physician in General Medicine at the Professorial Medical unit, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 2009 to date

Other Positions held:           

    International Level
  • Examiner for MRCP (PACES) conducted by the Royal College of Physicians (UK)

  • University Level
  • The Administrative and Academic Head of the (Electronic) Library, Faculty of Medicine (January 2012 to December 2014)
  • The Chairperson of the e-Learning committee of the Faculty of Medicine (2012 to 2014)
  • Member of the Web and e-Learning committee University of Peradeniya (2012-2014)
  • Member Steering Committee of the Post Graduate School of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Research a committee of the Faculty of Medicine (2012 to 2015)
  • Member of the Infrastructure committee of the Faculty of Medicine (2012 to 2015)

Awards:

  • Dr. C.E.S. Weeratunge Gold Medal for the second MBBS examination
  • The Chalmers Gold Medal for Anatomy
  • Dr. C.B. Dharmasena Gold Medal for Anatomy
  • Dr. H.J. Hazari Gold Medal for the 3rd MBBS
  • University scholarship for the second MBBS examination
  • Arthur Fernando Memorial prize
  • P.B. Panabokke and Irene Maralande Panabokke Memorial Scholarship for the 3rd MBBS
  • University Scholarship for the Final MBBS
  • Dr. A.C. Fernando Memorial prize in Surgery
  • Presidents’ awards (National Research Council) for publications made in 2014
  • Presidents’ awards (National Research Council) for publications made in 2015
   

Academic Publications:

Abstracts

  1. Paranathala L, Medagama UAB, Hewavasam A. A study on the number of drugs prescribed on discharge from a Medical Unit – Audit Kandy Society of Medicine KSM) proceedings, February 1997.
  2. LPMMK Pathirage, Medagama A, Wijesinghe S, Jayasundara JM, Mahindawanse SI, Gunasekare S, Kumarasiri R, Kularatne SA. A study of outbreak of dengue myocarditis. Proc 28th Ann Acad Sessions KSM. 2006;52.
  3. Wijesinghe UAD. Janakantha H.D. Medagama UAB, (2011 February 10-12) Use of Aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes: Results from a clinic based study. KSM proceedings. Kandy. p70
  4. Jnakantha H.D, Wijesighe U.A.D, Medagama UAB (2011 Febraury 11-13). Factors affecting blood sugar control in patients with diabetes mellitus: A retrospective study KSM proceedings. Kandy. p72
  5. Medagama A, Wijesighe UAD, Dissanayake NSB, Wijetunge RS. (2012 February 9-12). Age trends of the onset of type 2 diabetes among Sri Lankan adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus from 2007 to 2010: experience from a diabetic clinic. Proceedings of the 34th Annual academic sessions of the Kandy society of Medicine. Kandy .p69
  6. Medagama A, Wijesighe UAD, Dissanayake NSB. (2012 February 9-12). Prevalence and types of lipid abnormalities in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus: A clinic based prospective study. Proceedings of the 34th Annual academic sessions of the Kandy society of Medicine. Kandy. p68
  7. Medagama A, Wijesinghe UAD, Dissanayake NSB. (2012 February 9-12).


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  1. Medagama A, Galgomuwa M, Silva CD, Physical activity patterns and socio-demographic correlates of physical activity among medical undergraduates in Sri Lanka: an observational study Postgraduate Medical Journal Published Online First: 27 July 2017. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-135008
  2. Medagama A, Fernando D, Widanapathirana H. Energy and nutrient intakes of Sri Lankan patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional survey. BMC research notes. 2015 Dec 8;8(1):1.
  3. Abeysekera RA, Wijetunge S, Nanayakkara N, Wazil AW, Ratnatunga NV, Jayalath T, Medagama A. Star fruit toxicity: a cause of both acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease: a report of two cases. BMC research notes. 2015 Dec 17;8(1):1.
  4. Medagama AB, Widanapahirana H, Prasanga T. The availability and validity of safety information of over the counter herbal products for use in diabetes in Sri Lanka: A cross sectional study. Journal of intercultural ethnopharmacology. 2015 Oct;4(4):264.
  5. Medagama A, Bandara R, De Silva C, Galgomuwa MP. Management of acute coronary syndromes in a developing country; time for a paradigm shift? an observational study. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 2015 Oct 24;15(1):1.
  6. Medagama AB. The glycaemic outcomes of Cinnamon, a review of the experimental evidence and clinical trials. Nutrition journal. 2015 Oct 16;14(1):1.
  7. Medagama AB, Senadhira D. Use of household ingredients as complementary medicines for perceived hypoglycemic benefit among Sri Lankan diabetic patients; a cross-sectional survey. Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology. 2015 Apr;4(2):138.
  8. Medagama A, Widanapathirana H. An appraisal of food serving characteristics among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus attending a tertiary care diabetes facility in Sri Lanka. International Archives of Medicine. 2015 Mar 30;8.
  9. Medagama A, Widanapathirana H. A traditional Asian diet modified to meet nutritional requirements of diabetes, has anything changed? A cross-sectional dietary survey. BMC Nutrition. 2015 Mar 9;1(1):1.
  10. Medagama AB, Bandara R, Wijetunge R. The High Burden of In-Hospital Diabetes Mellitus at A Tertiary Care Hospital in Sri Lanka; A Case Control Study. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism. 2015 Mar 20;2015.
  11. 11. Medagama AB. Salacia reticulata (Kothala himbutu) revisited; a missed opportunity to treat diabetes and obesity?. Nutrition journal. 2015 Feb 27;14(1):1.
  12. Bandara R, Medagama A, Munasinghe R, Dinamithra N, Subasinghe A, Herath J, Ratnayake M, Imbulpitiya B, Sulaiman A. Management and outcomes of acute ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction at a tertiary-care hospital in Sri Lanka: an observational study. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 2015 Jan 15;15(1):1.
  13. 13. Medagama AB, Bandara R, Abeysekera RA, Imbulpitiya B, Pushpakumari T. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) among type 2 diabetes patients in Sri Lanka: a cross sectional survey. BMC complementary and alternative medicine. 2014 Oct 4;14(1):374.
  14. 14. Medagama AB, Bandara R. The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) in the treatment of diabetes mellitus: is continued use safe and effective?. Nutrition journal. 2014 Oct 21;13(1):1.
  15. 15. Medagama A, Senaratne T, Bandara JM, Abeysekera RA, Imbulpitiya IV. Topiramate-induced acute onset myopia: a case report. BMC research notes. 2014 Sep 21;7(1):1.
  16. 16. Ahilan S, Wijetunge S, Kotakadeniya HM, Medagama A, Karunaratna KP. Lower oesophageal erosion due to iron pill impaction: an under recognized cause of oesophageal injury. Journal of Diagnostic Pathology. 2013 May 26;7(1).
  17. 1. Ahilan S, Wijetunge S, Kotakadeniya HM, Medagama A, Karunaratna KP. Lower oesophageal erosion due to iron pill impaction: an under recognized cause of oesophageal injury. Journal of Diagnostic Pathology. 2013 May 26;7(1).
  18. Thomson GA, Medagama UAB, Fernando D. Pandemic Diabetes, Can Developed world Health professionals do more to support care in the developing world? Eur J Diab Nursing 2008 Vol 5 Issue 1
  19. Medagama UAB, Jayasinghe MWCJ, Aluwihare A, Rosairo S. A gas forming renal abscess in a person with diabetes mellitus and adult polycystic kidney disease. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2007 Mar;75(3):372-3
  20. Medagama A, Ratnatunge C, Ratnatunga N, Kularatne S.A.M. Phaeochromocytoma: A man with PUO, malaise, wasting and hypertension. Sri Lanka J Med. 2003;12(2): 47-51
  21. Zinman B, Wanner C, Lachin JM, Fitchett D, Bluhmki E, Hantel S, Mattheus M, Devins T, Johansen OE, Woerle HJ, Broedl UC for the EMPA-REG OUTCOME Investigators. Empagliflozin, cardiovascular outcomes, and mortality in type 2 diabetes. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015 Nov 26;373(22):2117-28. Sri Lanka: U. Medagama
  22. Wanner C, Inzucchi SE, Lachin JM, Fitchett D, von Eynatten M, Mattheus M, Johansen OE, Woerle HJ, Broedl UC, Zinman B. For the EMPA-REG OUTCOME Investigators Empagliflozin and progression of kidney disease in type 2 diabetes. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016 Jul 28;375(4):323-34. Sri Lanka: U. Medagama
  23. Fitchett D, Zinman B, Wanner C, Lachin JM, Hantel S, Salsali A, Johansen OE, Woerle HJ, Broedl UC, Inzucchi SE. On behalf of the EMPA-REG Outcome Trial Investigators. Heart failure outcomes with empagliflozin in patients with type 2 diabetes at high cardiovascular risk: results of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME® trial. European heart journal. 2016 May 14;37(19):1526-34. Sri Lanka: U. Medagama
  24. Medagama A, Galgomuwa M, De Silva C. Physical activity patterns and socio-demographic correlates of physical activity among medical undergraduates in Sri Lanka: an observational study. Postgraduate medical journal. 2018 Jan 1;94(1107):32-6.
  25. Medagama A, Galgomuwa M. Lack of infrastructure, social and cultural factors limit physical activity among patients with type 2 diabetes in rural Sri Lanka, a qualitative study. PloS one. 2018 Feb 20;13(2):e0192679.
  26. Medagama A, Galgomuwa M. Comorbidities and Ethnocultural Factors Limit the Physical Activity of Rural Sri Lankan Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of diabetes research. 2018;2018.
     

Books Authored:

  • Medagama. A. (2016) Case Studies in Hypertension. Colombo: S. Godage & Brothers (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Medagama. A. (2016) Diabetes Mellitus-A Reference Manual. Colombo: S. Godage & Brothers (Pvt.) Ltd

 

Research Interests:

  • Diabetes epidemiology of Sri Lanka
  • Cardiovascular disease in diabete
  • Nutrition and exercise in diabetes
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use in diabetes and obesity

 

 

   
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