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About us

Who are we

The Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists is the apex professional organisation representing the field of pulmonology in Sri Lanka. It’s membership consists of respiratory physicians and thoracic surgeons working throughout the country. It’s purpose is to disseminate expertise in the delivery of patient care and to spearhead the advancements in the field of respiratory medicine.

The President’s Message

It is a great privilege and an honor to address you as the president of the Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists for the year 2022 - 2023.

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists for placing their trust and confidence in electing me as the president of this institution. I would also like to thank the immediate past President Dr. Geethal Perera and his council and all other past presidents for their contribution to the college and its membership.

I think it is reasonable to say that the pandemic has posed the greatest medical challenge witnessed in our lifetime. It unleashed a worldwide health crisis that impacted our profession in ways none of us could have previously imagined. It has undoubtedly put to test our healthcare standards and the socio-economic well-being of our country. We gratefully acknowledge our members and colleagues; as front-liners who rose to the occasion to care for those afflicted with COVID-19 with such bold selflessness.

As we navigate into post-COVID era, we will take with us the lessons from the past two years adding new perspective and insight to address novel challenges head-on, while honing our approach towards all respiratory diseases including common problems like Respiratory Infections, Asthma and COPD.

During my tenure as president, the enthusiastic new council and myself hope to take necessary steps to further improve on holistic care for patients with respiratory diseases, strengthen the nationwide service, provide advocacy for respiratory medicine amongst all stakeholders and to strengthen our global affiliations.

I look forward to the support and cooperation of all members as we herald a new era of our services as a college to the academia, to our patients, and the general public.

Mission statement

To our patients:

We commit to sustain an island wide service by establishing respiratory units in keeping with novel technologies and expertise and provide multidisciplinary care to yield the best outcomes to our patients with lung diseases.

To our trainees:

We provide our post graduate trainees in respiratory medicine a conducive environment to become competent respiratory physicians through academic and clinical learning. To stimulate professional growth through scientific curiosity to champion the excellence in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients with pulmonary diseases;

To our allies:

We influence other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health on policy and decision-making process and cooperate with multiple administrative bodies to address the national burden of lung disease. We collaborate with individuals and organisations local and international alike who share our vision in respiratory care

Vision statement

“To be recognized locally and globally as the leaders in promoting quality patient care, advocacy, education and career fulfilment in respiratory medicine in Sri Lanka “

Governance of college

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President

Dr Ravini Karunatillake

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Immediate Past President

Dr Geethal Perera

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Vice President

Dr Neranjan Dissanayake

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President Elect

Dr Chandimani Undugodage

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Joint Secretary

Dr Bodhika Samarasekera

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Joint Secretary

Dr Wathsala Gunasinghe

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Chief Editor

Dr Dushantha Madegedara

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Assistant Editor

Dr Damith Nandadeva

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Treasurer

Dr Suntheralingam Rishikesavan

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Assistant Treasurer

Dr Duminda Yasaratne

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Council Member

Dr Kirthi Gunasekara

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Council Member

Dr Amitha Fernando

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Council Member

Dr Eshanth Perera

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Council Member

Dr Sellathurai Muhunthan

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Council Member

Dr Chandana Kulathunga

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Council Member

Dr Nandika Harischandra

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Council Member

Dr Dinesh Dassanayake

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Council Member

Dr Thushara Galabada

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Council Member

Dr Sumedha Samankantha

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Council Member

Dr Amila Rathnapala

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Council Member

Dr Upul Pathirana

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Council Member

Dr Yamuna Rajapaksa

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Council Member

Dr Dilesha Wadasinghe

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Council Member

Dr Hiranthe Pathirathna

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Council Member

Dr M Athavan

Partnerships and collaborations

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European Respiratory Society

ERS is one of the leading medical organisations in the respiratory field, with a growing membership spanning over 160 countries. ERS prioritises science, education and advocacy in order to promote lung health, alleviate suffering from disease and drive standards for respiratory medicine globally. ERS connects respiratory professionals from all backgrounds and offers opportunities for funding, learning, career development, involvement in shaping public policy and much more.

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Asian Pacific Society of Respirology

The objectives of the APSR are the advancement and promotion of knowledge of the respiratory system in health and disease. The Society strives to encourage research, improve clinical practice through training, increase awareness of health problems and promote the exchange of knowledge among respirologists in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.