Prof. Sampath U. B. Tennakoon
Professor in Community Medicine
 
   
   
Dept. of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
sampathte@yahoo.com, sampatht@pdn.ac.lk
+94 81 239 6490
+94 71 456 8155
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Educational / Professional Qualifications
  • PhD- Chronic diseases epidemiology/migration and health
    QUOTA fellowship - Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Master of Philosophy in International Community Health
    NORAD fellowship- Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Master of Public Health
    NUFFIC fellowship- Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior
    The American College of Higher Education, Sri Lanka
  • Certificate in Human Rights
    Centre for Human Rights, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Research Interest
  • Non communicable diseases
  • Health disaster management
  • Mental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Study design
Academic Positions Held
  • Professor in community medicine, Department of community medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (January 2018 to date)
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of family health and community medicine, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Eastern University of Sri Lanka [on sabbatical](June 2018 to July 2019)
  • Visiting lecturer, Postgraduate institute of science of the University of Peradeniya (August 2006 to date)
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I) in Community Medicine, Department of community medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (August 2012 to December 2017)
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in Community Medicine, Department of community medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (August 2006 August 2012)
  • Lecturer, Department of community medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (September 2000 to July 2006)
Awards
  • Special prize in cardiology – Cardiovascular risk prediction: comparison of Framingham risk score and WHO/ISH risk prediction charts in Sabaragamuwa province, Sri Lanka. SLMA 134th anniversary international medical congress-2021
  • Award for the best research paper- An analysis of casualties presenting to teaching hospital Peradeniya following road traffic accidents., Fernando DMG, Samaranayake, AN, Tennakoon SUB. College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka, 14th Academic Sessions 2016
  • Presidential award for research, National Research Council of Sri Lanka 2008
  • Merit award for research, National Research Council of Sri Lanka 2010
  • Merit award for research, National Research Council of Sri Lanka 2013
  • Merit award for research, National Research Council of Sri Lanka 2014
  • The Professor Zeth Ebrahim Award for the best paper in Tropical Paediatrics awarded by the Sri lanka College of Paediatricians at the 6th Global Congress for Consensus in Paediatrics and Child Health (CIP) & 20th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians 12th -15th November, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Best paper award: 2nd south Asia Pediatric Association Conference & 18th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Pediatrician, 30th July 2015 to 2nd August 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Best paper award.  A randomized control trial of a community based alcohol education programme in changing the drinking pattern in rural Sri Lanka.  The Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, held in Colombo from 25th – 28th February, 2010
  • Best paper- Uva Clinical Society; Safety and effectiveness of ISMN for pre induction of cervical ripening at term using two drug regimes. Dharmasena, S., Abeysekara, S. D. , Illeperuma, S., Tennakoon, S.U.B., Journal of Uva Clinical Society, vol 05 October 2010
Membership in Professional Organizations
  • Sri Lanka Medical Council - registered number 13796
  • Alumni Association of University of Peradeniya - F/L/1592
  • Sri Lanka Medical Association - L 3718/3
  • Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka
Contributions to the Faculty and Other Institutions
  • Chairperson Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya 2016 January onwards
  • Secretary Ethics Review Committee (ERC), Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya 2012 to 2015
  • Member of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya from 2016 January onwards.
  • Member of the research committee, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya from 2016 January onwards 
  • Chairperson 8th Medical Exhibition organizing committee 2015
Disaster Management training-contribution at the National level
  • Director of the Health Emergency Disaster Management Training Center (HEDMaTC), University of Peradeniya from 2009 October till December 2013
  • Nominated by WHO Sri Lanka office for Public Health Emergency Management (PHEMAP) training in Bangkok and Hanoi
  • Organized and conducted national level Public Health Emergency and Disaster Management training from 2007 to 2015
  • Organized and conducted national level Sexual and Reproductive Health and Public Health Emergency Management training programs at the National Level in Sri Lanka
  • Organized and conducted the SEARO benchmark assessment of emergency preparedness of the health sector of Sri Lanka and reported following an invitation by the WHO Sri Lanka office in 2012 and 2015
  • National level consultant to the Disaster Management Center, Sri Lanka on HFA 02 reports on disaster risk reduction for Sri Lanka, December 2013
 
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