Dr. Nadeeka Chandraratne is a Board Certified Consultant Community Physician and a Public Health Specialist.
Nadeeka graduated as a medical doctor (MBBS with honours) from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in 2006. She gained her Master’s (MSc) in Community Medicine from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) of the University of Colombo in 2011. She also completed a Master’s degree in Development Studies (MDS) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo in 2013 and her MD in Community Medicine from the PGIM in 2016. She obtained her DFPH (UK) following completion of the Diplomate Examination of Faculty of Public Health(UK) in 2018 and she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK).
During her academic and professional career she has researched, published, trained and given invited presentations on a wide range of public health topics including child sexual abuse, premenstrual syndrome, gender-based violence, sexual harassment in workplaces, economic costs of tobacco and alcohol use, migrant health, child nutrition in communities and social health insurance for universal health coverage. She has won several national and academic awards and prizes for her publications including the President’s award for Scientific Publications.
Nadeeka is an External Lecturer for the Department of Health Promotion, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and has also served in the capacity of a consultant to several UN organizations including WHO, UNICEF, The Union.
She is also a member of the Expert Committee on Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drugs and was the Secretary of the Expert Committee on Women’s Health of the Sri Lanka Medical Association.
At the Ministry of Health Nadeeka has worked in several capacities including as a Consultant Community Physician at the Planning Unit and office of DDG (Public Health Services) II, and as the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) in the most populated area in the country.
She joined the Department of Community Medicine as a Senior Lecturer in 2021.