Professor Panduka Karunanayake

MBBS (NCMC), MD Medicine (Col), FRCP (Lon), FCCP (SL), PGCert (Teaching in HE) (Col) with SEDA (UK) certificate, PGDip (Appl Sociol) (Col)

Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine

Specialist Physician in the Professorial Unit in Medicine

Chairperson of the Humanities Society and Professionalism Stream of the MB BS Programme

Director, Staff Development Centre of the University of Colombo

Professor Panduka Karunanayake is a specialist in general (internal) medicine, with an interest in clinical infectious disease. He has published on leptospirosis, dengue, visceral leishmaniasis and brucellosis.

Panduka is a SEDA Recognised Teacher and has won the faculty’s Teacher Excellence Award. In the past he has been chairperson of the Infectious & Parasitic Disease Module, secretary of the Curriculum Development & Evaluation Committee, and a Student Counsellor.

He has an abiding interest in postgraduate medical education. He has been an examiner in several specialties in the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, a member of several boards of study, and contributed to curriculum design of several programmes. At different times, he has served as the chief examiner of every component at both the Medicine Selection Examination and the MD Medicine Examination. He has also been an examiner in the MRCP (UK) PACES Examination.

Panduka also has an interest in medical ethics (both research ethics and clinical ethics), and the interphase between medicine and the social sciences and the humanities. He had been the joint-secretary of the Faculty of Medicine Ethics Review Committee, as well as held membership in its clinical trials subcommittee and the Faculty of Arts Ethics Review Committee.

He was president of the Ceylon College of Physicians in 2018 and vice-president of the Sri Lanka Medical Association in 2019. He has delivered 5 keynote, commencement or inauguration speeches.

Panduka has been a frequent contributor to the national press on issues relating to higher education and healthcare and as a book reviewer. A compilation of his articles and lectures on education was recently published (Ruptures in Sri Lanka’s Education, Sarasavi Publishers).