Faculty of Medicine

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Medicine

University of Peradeniya


General Information


The Faculty of Medicine was established in January 1962 as the second medical school in the country to meet the increasing demand for medical education. Initially the Faculty ran as an appendage of the Colombo Faculty. Later in 1967, the Faculty became independent electing its own dean and thereafter was managed by a group of dedicated administrators from the time of the Founder Dean, legendary Prof. Senaka Bibile. For a period between 1970 to 1980, the Dental & Veterinary schools of the University of Peradeniya were brought an umbrella organization called the Faculty of Medical, Dental and veterinary Sciences. By 1986, these schools also became autonomous. During the period 1972-81 the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya was built and commissioned. Between 2000-2004 the new Preclinical building was built & commissioned. A new paraclinical building is near completion.

Presently the Faculty consists of 16 Departments (Anaesthesiology & Critical Care, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Medicine, Microbiology, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radiology and Surgery) and several other Units & Centres ( centre for Research in Tropical Medicine, Center for Education, Research & Training on Kidney Diseases, eLibrary, Health Emergency & Disaster Management Training Centre, Medical Education Unit, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Research & Development Unit, Skills Lab and Technical Resource Center)

The Faculty & Affiliated Hospitals


At present, approximately a thousand students comprising six batches are receiving training at the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya. The students receive their clinical training at the following hospitals:

  1. Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya: a 700-bed  hospital, situated within walking distance of  the Faculty of Medicine. This was built in  1980 and has as the Professorial Units of the university 
  2. Teaching Hospital, Kandy: a 1350-bed  hospital,situated in Kandy, about 6 km away  from the Faculty of Medicine
  3. Teaching Hospital, Kegalle
  4. Teaching Hospital, Gampola
  5. Base Hospital Mawanella
  6. STD Clinic, District Hospital, Katugastota

Field Practice Area

The Dept of Community Medicine has a rural field practice area known as the "Hindagala Community Health Project" located just outside the campus, covering 62 square kilometers, with a population of 20,000. The health care services to this population are administered and provided by this department in conjunction with the government department of health services. It serves as the 'field laboratory' for the practical training of students and for research.
Professor Senaka Bibile (1967-1969)
Professor George E.Tennakoon (1969-1970)
Professor Ananda D.P Jayatilake (1970-1972)
Professor Bennet A Jayaweera (1972-1975)
Professor Harischandra Ranasinghe (1975)
Professor Ralph G. Panabokke (1975-1981)
Professor Malcolm Fernando (1981-1984)
Professor Valentine Basnayake (1984-1986)
Professor Malcolm Fernando (1986-1994)
Professor Nimal Senanayake (1994-1999)
Professor Malini Udupihille (1999-2002)
Professor Ananda Wijekoon (2002- 2005)
Professor Chula Goonasekara (2005)
Professor Indrajee. Amarasinghe(2006-2009)
Dr. Gamini Buthpitiya(2009-2012)
Professor M.D. Lamawansa (2012-2015)
Professor Vajira Weerasinghe(Current Dean)

   

Dean
Prof. Vajira Weerasinghe

Ms. Samanthi Herath
Senior Assistant Registrar
Mr. Sampath Nawaratne
Computer Oparator
Ms. Dilumini Chandrasekera
Stenographer
Ms. Asha Wijenayake
Senior Staff Assistant
Ms. Nirmalie Cabral
Senior Staff Assistant
Ms. Nelum Karunaratne
Telephone Operator Cum Receptionist
Ms. Shayamali Arampath
Staff Assistant
Ms. Menuka Wijayasinghe
Clerk
Mr. Raweendra Mahawatte
Clerk
 

Ms. D. S. C. P. Kumari
Assistant Bursar
Ms. S. S. Dharmadasa
Clerk
Mr. Amila Rathnayake
Computer Applications Assistant
 
Ms. Menaka Ekanayake
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