Prof. A.S. Abeyagunawardana
Senior Professor in Paediatrics (Cadre Chair)
 
   
   
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
asiria@pdn.ac.lk, asiriabey26@gmail.com
+94 81 239 6410
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Educational /Professional Qualifications
MBBS(SL), MD(Col), DCH(Col), MRCP(UK), FRCPCH(UK)
 
Current Positions
  • Secretary Sri Lanka Society of Paediatric Nephrology
 
Positions Held
  • Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (2018-2021)
  • Chairman Board of Study in Paediatrics Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo 2015-2018
  • President of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians 2017
  • Director Centre for Education Research and Training on Chronic Kidney Disease (CERTKiD), University of Peradeniya 2014-2018
  • Head Department of Paediatrics 2010-2013
  • Secretary Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians 2003 -2004
  • Secretary Kandy Society of Medicine 2005-2006
Research Interest
Nephrology
 
International and National Awards
  • Presidential award for excellence in research 2007
  • Presidential award for excellence in research 2008
  • Presidential award for excellence in research 2011
  • Presidential award for excellence in research 2014
  • Presidential award for excellence in research 2015
  • International award for Outstanding Asian Paediatric 2018
 
Programmes and Workshops
  • Resource person 21st Annual Scientific pre congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician 2018
  • Resource person regional Scientific congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician Kandy 2018
  • Resource person regional Scientific congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician Ratnapura 2018
  • Resource person regional Scientific congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician Jaffna 2018
  • Resource person regional Scientific congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician Kandy 2017
  • Chairperson in the First Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Society of Critial Care and Emergency Medicine - 2007
  • Resource person of the satellite sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrician 2007
  • Chairperson of the symposium on Nephrology in the 12th Asia Pacific Congress of Paediatrics and 2nd Asia Pacific Congress of Paediatric Nursing 2007.
  • Resource person in the Symposium in 29th Annual Academic Sessions of The Kandy Society of Medicine in February 2007 on Problems in Renal Transplantation; Finding  local solutions 
  • Resource person of the  Central Province Paediatric Emergencies and Life Support Course organised by the CEPELS Group for District Medical Officers in the Central Province in June 2007
  • Resource person of the  Central Province Paediatric Emergencies and Life Support Course organised by the CEPELS Group for District Medical Officers in the Central Province in November and December 2006
  • Resource person of the Paediatric Case Management Programme (What to do series) for Medical Officers & Registered Medical Officers in Kegalle District   June 2006 - “When a child presents with body swelling”
  • A member of the Guideline Committee appointed by the Health Sector Development Project of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians to formulate guidelines on the management of nephrotic syndrome 2006
  • Resource person at the 119th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 27th March 2006 in Colombo
  • Resource person of the Continuing Medical Education Programme conducted by the Kandy Society of Medicine “Renal Replacement Therapy in Children”-March 2006
  • Member of the Guideline Committee appointed by the Health Sector Development Project of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians to formulate guidelines on the management of urinary tract infections in children 2006
  • Chairperson of the XVII Annual Conference of Indian Paediatric Nephrology Group (IPNGCON) November 2006.
  • Resource person of the Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Training Course for Critical Care Nurses Organised by the Department of Anaesthesiology -1st to11th of March 2006
  • Resource person of the workshop on Practical Nephrology organised by the Uva Provincial Directorate of Health Services on 15th February 2005.
  • Resource person and the Organiser of the pre congress seminar on Nephrology at the 27th Annual Academic Sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine 10th – 12th February 2005.
  • Resource person in the Continuing Medical Education Programme organized by the Clinical Society of Base Hospital Gampola on “Early Nutrition in Adult Disease”. March 2005.   
  • Resource person in the Continuing Medical Education Programme organized by the Clinical Society of Base Hospital Nuwara Eliya on “A child with urinary tract infections” July 2005.  
  • Resource person in the Continuing Medical Education Programme organized by the Provincial Director for Health Services on “Renal Diseases in Childhood” November 2005.  
  • Resource person in the Continuing Medical Education Programme of the Kandy Society of Medicine  “Management of Childhood urinary tract infections – Common pit falls”  2004.
  • Resource person in the Continuing Medical Education Programme of the Kandy Society of Medicine  “Management of Dengue Fever”  2004.
  • A Resource person of a workshop to formulate guidelines on the management of Nephrotic Syndrome on behalf of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians -2004
  • Resource person of the Symposium of Paediatrics organized by the College of General Practitioners “Management and Prevention of Renal Disorders in Childhood” September 2004.
  • Chairperson of a free paper session at the 26th Annual Academic Sessions of the Kandy Society of Medicine 5th – 7th February 2004.
  • Chairperson of the committee on “Genes and Chromosomes and Inherited Diseases”
    at the  7th Medical Exhibition 2003.
  • Chairperson of the committee on “Renal Disorders”  at the 7th Medical Exhibition 2003
  • Resource person of the  pre congress workshop (Continuing Professional Development – Meet the Experts) on “Management Problems of some aspects in Paediatric Nephrology” in 7th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians And 2nd  Scientific Congress of the Paediatric Association of the SAARC Countries 2003
  • Resource person of the Act 16 Revision Course  in Paediatrics affiliated to the 6th International Medical Congress 2002.
  • Resource person of the workshop organized by the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians on the formulation of guidelines and protocols for the management of urinary tract infections and Nephrotic Syndrome 2002   
  • Resource person of  the Programme on Continuing Medical Education Programme organized by the  Kandy Society of Medicine April 2002 on  Evidence Based Management of Nephrotic Syndrome,
  • Resource person of the symposium on the Management of Paediatric Problems in  In-service training programme for junior doctors organized by the Kandy Society of Medicine in collaboration with Provincial Health Department, Kandy April 2002.
  • Resource person of the Career Guidance Seminar on Career prospects in the Field of Paediatrics to Junior Medical Officers organized by the Kandy Society of Medicine may 2002
  • Resource person of the  Renal Tripartite organized by the Royal Free and University College Medical School – London  2000     
 
Awards and Academic Distinctions
  • Winner of the Sir Andrew Caldecot Gold Medal for the best performance at the final MBBS examination (1990)
  • Distinction in Paediatrics – Final MBBS (1990)
  • Winner of the Sri Lanka Paediatric Association Gold Medal for the best performance at the DCH examination (1995)
  • First in the order of merit in both MD Part 1 and Part 2 examinations (1993 and 1996)
  • Winner of a research grant from the ‘Caring for Kids Fund’ of Institute of Child Health, University College London for a research in childhood nephrotic syndrome, 2000
  • Winner of the prize for the best oral presentation at the British Renal Association Spring meeting 2001, Nottingham, UK
    Topic: Relapse of nephrotic syndrome following Meningococcal C conjugate vaccine
  • Winner of the prize for the best oral presentation at the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians Annual Sessions 2004. Topic: Long term follow up of children with vesicoureteric reflux
  • Winner of the prize for the best oral presentation at the International Paediatric Nephrology Association Scientific Congress, Adelaide, Australia 2004 Topic: Pulsed vincristine therapy in steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome
  • Winner of the Gold medal for the best oral presentation at the Kandy Society of Medicine Annual Sessions 2006. Topic: The use of Levamisole as a single agent in maintaining remission in steroid dependant nephrotic syndrome
  • Winner of the prize for the best poster presentation at the Asia Pacific Gastroenterology Association Scientific Congress 2014
  • Winner of the prize for the best oral poster presentation at the European Society of Paediatric Nephrology Congress, Porto, Portugal 2014
  • Winner of the prize for the best oral presentation at the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians Annual Sessions 2014 - Short course of steroids during upper respiratory tract infection reduces the risk of relapse in nephrotic syndrome
  • Serving in the official review panel for the International Journal Pediatric Nephrology, 2007
  • Appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health for the contribution to Paediatric Nephrology, 2007
  • Appointed to the Scientific committee of the International Paediatric Transplant Association 2013 and 2015
 
Guest Speaker
  • Guest Speaker at the International Paediatric Nephrology Week (March 2001) held at the Institute of Child Health, London UK.
    Topic: Treatment of steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome
  • Guest Speaker and a Resource Person for the International Paediatric Nephrology Association Training Course, New Delhi, India 2004
    Topic: Management of Steroid Sensitive Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Guest Speaker at the International Paediatric Nephrology Association Scientific Congress, Adelaide, Australia 2004 Topic : Causes, approaches and outcome of nephrotic syndrome in the third world in comparison to western practice
  • Guest Speaker at the Indian Paediatric Nephrology Group Annual Congress, held in Bangalore, India 2005 Topic: Critical Care in Nephrology
  • Guest Speaker at the Indian Academy of Paediatrics Annual Scientific Congress, New Delhi, India 2006 Topic: Office approach to haematuria
  • Guest Speaker at the Clinico-pathological conference organised by the British Association of Paediatric Nephrology,London, 2006 Topic: Predictors of long term outcome of children with focal and segmental glomeruloscelrosis
  • Guest Speaker at International Paediatric Transplant Association Montreal, Canada - 2011
  • Guest Speaker at the Asia Pacific Paediatric Association Malasiya 2012. NICE way to manage UTI
  • Guest Speaker at the Asia Pacific Paediatric Association Malasiya 2012. Global Inequities in Managing Chronic Renal Failure
  • Guest Speaker at the Asian Society of Infectious Disease 2012. Infections in transplanted children
  • Guest Speaker at International Paediatric Transplant Association Warsaw, Poland - 2013
  • Invited Speaker for the Asian Society of Paediatric Nephrology meeting New Delhi 2014
  • Invited Speaker at International Paediatric Transplant Association , USA - 2015
  • Invited speaker for International Pediatric Nephrology Association Congress, Iguaçu, Brazi, 2016
  • Invited speaker for International Scientific congress PeMASS Austrasia 2018
 
Orator
  • Orator of the Professor CC De Silva Memorial Oration of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, 2002.
  • Orator of the Prof Senaka Bibile Memorial Oration of Kandy Society of Medicine Annual Sessions, 2005
  • Orator of the Professor CC De Silva Memorial Oration of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, 2009.
  • Orator, Kandy Society of Medicine 2015
  • Orator of the Dr. S Ramachandran Memorial Oration of Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2016
 
Lifetime Achievements
  • Winner of the Sir Andrew Caldecot Gold Medal for the best performance at the final MBBS examination (1990)
  • Distinction in Paediatrics – Final MBBS (1990)
  • Winner of the Sri Lanka Paediatric Association Gold Medal for the best  performance at the DCH examination (1995)
  • First in the order of merit in both MD Part 1 and Part 2 examinations (1993 and 1996)               
  • Serving in the official review panel for the International Journal Pediatric Nephrology, 2007
  • Appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health for the contribution to Paediatric Nephrology, 2007
  • Appointed to the Scientific committee of the International Paediatric Transplant Association 2013 and 2015
  • NRC merit Award for Scientific Publication 2016, awarded by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka
  • Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award (OAPA) 2018 from the Asia Pacific Paediatric Association
  • Invited Speaker at International Paediatric Transplant Association , USA -  2015
  • Winner of the “World Kidney day program 2016” sponsored by International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA), held in Ginnoruwa, Uva Province Sri Lanka
  • Chairman, Board of Study in Paediatrics at Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, 2015-2017
  • President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians (2017)
 
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