BIOGRAPHY

Professor Senaka Rajapakse graduated from the Colombo Medical faculty in 1993 with First Class Honours and distinctions in physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, parasitology, pharmacology, forensic medicine, paediatrics and medicine, winning 16 medals and awards including the Sir Andrew Caldecott Medal for the final MBBS.  He joined the department of Clinical Medicine in 1996 as lecturer in medicine, and completed his MD in the University of Colombo in 1999 and the MRCP(UK) in 2003. In 2003, having completed postgraduate training overseas in critical care medicine he was board certified as a specialist in general internal medicine, and was promoted to senior lecturer. Since 2003 he has been an honorary Consultant Physician in the University Medical Unit, National Hospital, Colombo, and is an examiner at postgraduate exams in the PGIM and the MRCP(UK) examination. He is certified as a specialist in general medicine by the General Medical Council, UK.  He is a Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of London & Edinburgh, and the American College of Physicians.  He was promoted to Professor by merit in 2009.

Professor Rajapakse has held many posts in the University of Colombo; he was Head of the Department of Clinical Medicine from 2009-2010 during which time he played an important role in further developing the research culture in the department. He was Director, Local Technical Secretariat, IRQUE Project from 2007-2010.  He established the Virtual Learning Centre in the Faculty of Medicine in 2005 and has played a pivotal role in the development of e-learning in medicine.  He has also contributed substantially to the University in many other ways, such as corporate and strategic planning, quality assurance, web development, and the IRQUE and HETC projects. He is currently Director, Network Operations Centre, University of Colombo, and Deputy Director, PGIM.

Professor Rajapakse has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and numerous abstracts. He has supervised, and supervises, several MD,PhD and Masters Students. He has received many Presidential Awards for Scientific Publication, and has been awarded the University of Colombo Research Award in 2012 and 2016. He was the Scopus Most Prolific Author for 2011-2016 from the University of Colombo. He was awarded the CVCD Most Outstanding Senior Researcher in Health Sciences Award for 2016, which is a lifetime award for research.

QUALIFICATIONS, FELLOWSHIPS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • MBBS 2003

    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, First Class Honours

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • MD Medicine 1999

    Doctor of Medicine in Medicine

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • MRCP UK 2003

    Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

    Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians, United Kingdom

  • Board Certification 2001

    Board Certification as Specialist in General Medicine

    Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • FRCP London

    Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London

    Royal College of Physicians of London

  • FRCP Edin

    Fellow, Ceylon College of Physicians of Edinburgh

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • FACP

    Fellow of the American College of Physicians

    American College of Physicians

  • FCCP

    Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians

    Ceylon College of Physicians

  • Specialist Registration, General Medical Council, UK. Reg No 7011797

    UK

Positions

  • Present2005

    Professor

    Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2000

    Consultant Physician

    National Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2014

    Deputy Director

    Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Present2010

    Chairperson

    Clinical Sciences Stream

  • Present2014

    Director

    Curriculum Implementation Unit

  • Present2010

    Director

    Network Operations Centre

  • Present2010

    Consultant Physician

    Acute Medicine, United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, UK.

  • 20092008

    Head

    Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20092004

    Head

    Virtual Learning Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20112008

    Chairperson, Web Committee

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • 20092006

    Director

    Local Technical Secretariat, IRQUE Project, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20152008

    Coordinator

    University of Colombo, Corporate Plan

  • end2009

    Coordinator

    University of Colombo, Institutional Quality Assurance Review