Visiting Professors & Staff




M.D., Ph.D. has just stepped down as Vice Dean of Medical Education to enable him to pursue development of Global Health Sciences Education. He is both a internationally recognized teacher and curriculum consultant and also an advisor / Committee Chair to the US NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners). He is currently, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL HEALTH for the University of California, Davis. Wilkes has consulted with numerous countries (Nicaragua, South Africa, Republic of Georgia, UK and Australia) on issues related to curriculum development, student assessment, licensure issues, and interdisciplinary health education. With cultural sensitivity, and attention to specific in-country needs Dr. Wilkes has accomplished many of the same curriculum objectives he proposes for Sri Lanka. He is a regular, and sought after visiting professor at medical and nursing schools around the world. Wilkes is an award winning teacher and curriculum developer (local, regional, and national awards from such organizations as the American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Association of Medical Colleges, UCLA, UC Davis and many more) and researcher. Wilkes is also the Director of IVIMEDS ( which is a nonprofit international collaboration of leading medical schools whose goal is to establish a global common e-learning curricular tools that can be developed with shared resources and used around the world. Wilkes is a major federal researcher (NIH/CDC) involved in exploring uses of technology based education to enhance clinical practice. As one can see from his CV he has a wealth of experience in research in curriculum development and evaluation (more than 50 papers) and runs one of the longest running faculty development programs in the State for health sciences faculty.



Honorary visiting professor Medical Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya

Professor Jonathan Silverman  - March 2014

Professor Jonathan Silverman is the Associate Clinical Dean and Director of Communication Studies of the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK, Chair, teaching unit of the European Association of Communication in Health Care and the President elect, European Association of Communication in Health Care. His qualifications includes BA Hons, BM,Bch, MRCGP, DRCOG,FRCGP and FAcadMEd . He has been awarded the 2007 University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence. Professor Jonathan Silverman has authored five textbooks, published over 30 papers in indexed journals and authored over 50 conference papers. He was the founder and chair of the UK council of communication skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education (2005 to 2012).


Professor Derick Pounder

Professor and Chair of Forensic Medicine at University of Dundee, UK and the Director of Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine at University of Dundee.
He was appointed as a visiting Professor on honorarium basis in the department of Forensic Medicine of this University for a period of five (05) years from 01st July 2010.


Professor Lakshman Karalliedde



Visiting Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya

Present Appointments:

  • Chairman South Asian Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Division of Public Health Sciences, King's College School of Medicine, King' s College, London UK
  • Invited lecturer for course on Essentials of Toxicology- Chemical Hazards & Poison's Division (CHaPD)(London) -Health Protection Agency, UK. A course that was started within the CHaPD by myself and colleagues in collaboration with KIng's College, UK in 2005  
  • Invited to Lecture -London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine- from 1990- to date
  • Invited to lecture to Surrey University Post-graduates- from 1996 to date 

Professor Nicholas Allan Buckley

Designation : Visiting Professor, South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration and Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.

Present Appointments

  • Professor in Medicine, Medical Professorial Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital Clinical School, University of NSW.
  • Senior Staff Specialist and Consultant Clinical Toxicologist, NSW Poisons Information Centre.
  • Board Member of the Asia Pacific Assocaition of Medical Toxicology.

Professor Andrew Hamilton Dawson

Designation: Visiting Professor, South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration and Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Present Appointments:

  • Director National Poisons Register & Clinical Toxicology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
  • Senior Staff Specialist, NSW Poisons Information Centre, The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydneyග
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
  • Conjoint Professor School of Medicine University of Western Sydney
  • Conjoint Professor School of Medicine University of NSW
  • Board Member of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology

Professor Edward Michael Sadgwick


Formerly Professor in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Southampton General Hospital.

Present Appointments:

  • Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Nuffield Health Hampshire Hospital
  • Consultant in Sleep Medicine, Spire Southamton Hospital (until 2010)
  • Visiting Professor to the Department of Medicine and Physiology



Dr. Chinthaka Damith Balasooriya - Has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the Medical Education Unit.

  • PHD in Medical Education - Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales:2005
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery- Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka: 1997

Current Position : Director of Medical Education Development, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.




Dr. Tilak Abeysekera - Has been appointed as a Visiting fellow to the Department of Pharmacology.

  • MBBS (Colombo)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • MD Medicine

Present Post: Consultant Nephrologist, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplant Unit, General Hospital (teaching) , Kandy, Sri Lanka.




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