Prof. Sulochana Wijetunge
Professor in Pathology / Head of the Department
Specialty: Histopathology
 
   
   
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya.
suwijetunge@gmail.com, sulochanaw@pdn.ac.lk
+94 77 736 6424, +94 71 452 9018
+94 81 239 2150
   
   
   
Educational / Professional Qualifications
  • MD (pathology)
  • MBBS
  • Board certified pathologist (2008)
Research Interests
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Renal Pathology
  • Lymphoma Pathology
Current Positions
  • Head, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Professor in Pathology
  • Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Head, Laboratory, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Honorary consultant Pathologist
  • Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Positions Held
  • Chairperson, Curriculum Coordination Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2018 -2021
  • Chairperson, Monitoring and evaluation Committee – 2014 - 2016
Sub Specialty Training
  • Commonwealth fellowship in lymphoma pathology, Royal Marsden – NHS trust, UK, 2017
  • Fellowship in gastrointestinal pathology in University of Southern California, USA, 2008 – 2009
  • Renal Pathology in-service training in University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2007
Work Description
Undergraduate Teaching and Examination
  • Undergraduate course of Pathology
  • Clinical pathology short appointment
  • Visiting Lecturer – Faculty of visiting lecturer Allied Health Sciences Faculty, Peradeniya;  visiting lecturer (distant education) Eastern University
Postgraduate Teaching
  • Research degree Supervisions
  • Research degree examiner
  • Clinical Postgraduate in service training and Teaching
    • In service MD (histopathology) training since 2010
    • MS part 1 in general surgery and Obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Clinical Postgraduate degree Examiner
    • MD part 1 and part 2 in Histopathology
    • MD in Oral Pathology
    • MS Part 1 in general Surgery
Resource person in continuing professional education programmes
  • Resource person at the Haematopathology Tutorial: Lymphomas and Reactive Mimics, organized by European Association for Haematopathology (EAHP) and the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka (CPSL), 9th&10th January 2020.
  • Invited Speaker at the COLOMBO MEDICAL CONGRESS 2020 of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, 12-15th February 2020.
  • Resource person at the Workshop on Renal Pathology organized by the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka, 8th November 2019, Auditorium-Family Health Bureau, Colombo 10.
  • Resource person at the monthly clinical forum, Nawalapitiya Clinical Society, 28th May 2015.
  • Resource person for International Conference on Dermatopathology&Uropathology, 18-20 August 2011, Colombo.
  • International Speaker at the International Expert group meeting “MEDSYN ASIA 2010: Focus on oesophageal adenocarcinoma”- Japan, Beppu 2010.
  • Resource person at the Annual Academic Sessions of College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka on Diagnostic challenges and pitfalls in surgical Pathology  2019.
  • Resource person at the Annual Academic session of College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka on Gyaecologic, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobilliary Pathology. Hotel Grand Kandyan September 2018. ( evidence photocopy from the book).
  • Resource person for the workshop on Lymphoma Pathology, Organized by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.
  • Resource person for the workshop on Bone and neuropathology, Organized by the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka.
  • Resource person for the Continued Medical Education Lecture series organized by the Postgraduate School of Medical Sciences (PGSM), 2015. Lecture Title: “An update on Gastro-esophgeal disease”.
  • Resource person at the Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka 201+8.
  • Resource person for the lecture and discussion on “Thyroid Cytology-Practical aspects” at Sri Lanka College of Endochrinologists, 2019.
Clinical Service
  • Honorary consultant Pathologist to Teaching Hospital Peradeniya
  • Lymphoma referral service at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Immunohisto chemstry referral service at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Renal Pathology service referral service at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Serves in the expert panels on Gastrointestinal and hepatobilliary pathology,  Lymphomas and neuropathology in the College of Pathologists.
Other services
  • Contribute to External Quality assurance programme for the Sri Lankan Pathologists through the College of Pathologists.
  • Co-ordinate public health education activities by the faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.
Membership of professional Societies
  • Life member of Sri Lanka Medical Association
  • Life Member of the College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka.
  • Life member of Kandy Medical Society
Awards
  • President’s awards for Scientific Publication - year 2012
  • President’s awards for Scientific Publication - year 2011
  • President’s awards for Scientific Publication - year 2010
  • Commonwealth  Fellowship award 2017
  • Best teacher in Paraclinical teaching for 2018
  • Best Poster Presentation of a research paper in Diagnostic Pathology Update and Junior Academy International Conference 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka  ( there were only poster presentations in this year) “A descriptive analysis of appendiceal pathologies observed in surgical specimen” by S. Wijetunge & D.L.P. Dassanayake, K. Dharani, D.N.K. Bowala.
  • Second place for poster presentation of a research paper in International conference on GI, Soft tissue and Bone Pathology 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Research Grants
  • National Science Foundation competitive research grant (2015)
    “Applicability of multilayered epithelium and squamous islands in determining the oesophageal origin of endoscopic biopsies obtained from the gastro-oesophageal junction, in assessing gastro-oesophageal reflux induced metaplastic changes. “
  • University Research grant, University of Peradeniya (2014) “Anti H. pylori sero-prevalence in dyspeptic and non dyspeptic subjects”
  • University research grant, University of Peradeniya (2012);  “Anti Helicobacter pylori IgG  sero-prevalence and PCR positivity in endoscopic gastric biopsies in symptomatic patients with endoscopically visible gastric mucosal inflammation and/or ulcers in a selected sample from the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya”.
  • National Science Foundation competitive research grant (2011);
    “Helicobacter pylori detection by histology in endoscopic biopsy specimens: assessment of the detection rate and an analysis of associated problems.”
Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Commonwealth fellowship 2017
  • Fellowship by Los Angeles Society of Pathologists (2008)
  • Post graduate Institute of MedicineSri Lanka scholarship for post MD foreign training (2007)
Books
  • Co-authored  “Colour Atlas in Forensic Pathology” – E book 2020.
  • Co-authored a chapter on diabetes mellitus, in “WHO undergraduate manual on non communicable diseases” and edited the book – E book (2012)
  • Co-authored a book on “ lecture notes on Chemical pathology” - 2004
 
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