Dr.Ramya Kumar - MBBS (Peradeniya), SM (Harvard), PhD (Toronto)

Lecturer (Probationary)
Email : ramyak@univ.jfn.ac.lk
    • Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (August 2016 – present)
    • Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Canada (January 2012 – December 2016)
    • Medical Officer (Anaesthesiology), Provincial General Hospital Badulla (July 2006 – June 2009)
    • Relief House Officer (Genitourinary Surgery), Provincial General Hospital Badulla (May – July 2006)
    • Intern Medical Officer (Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Medicine), Provincial General Hospital Badulla (May 2005 – May 2006)
    • Demonstrator, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (September 2004 – March 2005)
    • Pre-intern Medical Officer, Medical Clinic, Family Planning Association, Colombo (January – July 2004)

    Peer-reviewed journal publications

    1. Kumar, R & Birn, AEB (2018). Universal health coverage can best be achieved by public systems. BMJ Opinion.  
    2. Kumar, R (2018). Dual practice and inequities in access to healthcare. Jaffna Medical Journal, 30(1), 6-12.
    3. Kumar, R (2017). ‘Free health’ in the face of healthcare privatization in post-1977 Sri Lanka. Polity, 7(2), 24-30.
    4. Kumar R, Birn A.E, McDonough P (2016). Agenda-setting in women’s health: Critical analysis of a quarter century of paradigm shifts in international and global health. In J. Gideon (ed.) Gender and Health Handbook (pp.25-44). Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
    5. Kumar R (2014). Expanding private healthcare after the war. Post-war Development in Asia and Africa, 13th Annual CEPA Symposium. Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
    6. Kumar, R (2013). How are women’s experiences of childbirth represented in the literature? A critical review of qualitative research set in the global south. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 12 (1), 19-38.
    7. Kumar, R (2013). Abortion in Sri Lanka: The double standard. American Journal of Public Health, 103 (3), 400-404.
    8. Kumar, R (2012). Misoprostol and the politics of abortion in Sri Lanka. Reproductive Health Matters, 20 (40), 166-174.
    9. Kumar R, Einstein, G (2012). Cardiovascular disease in Somali women in the diaspora. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 6 (3), 229 -237.
    10. Kumar R, Reich M.R (2011). Registering Misoprostol in Sri Lanka. In Roberts M.J. & Reich M.R. Pharmaceutical Reform: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (pp.211-223). Washington, DC: World Bank.

    Thesis publications

    1. Kumar, R. (2018). The privatization imperative: Women negotiating healthcare in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
    2. Kumar, R. (2011). Registering misoprostol in Sri Lanka: Why is unsafe abortion off the agenda? Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
    1. Sri Lanka Medical Association                                                2018-present
    2. Jaffna Medical Association                                                      2018-present
    3. The Alumni, Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna                                2018-present
    4. University of Toronto, Alumni                                                 2018 -present
    5. Jaffna Science Association                                                       2017- present
    6. Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya           2014- present
    7. Harvard Alumni Association                                                    2011-present
    8. Peradeniya Medical Students’ Alumni Association             2004-present

    Awards and fellowships

    1. David Coburn Award for Academic Excellence, University of Toronto     2018
    2. Hastings Memorial Fellowship 2016
    3. Ontario Graduate Scholarship/Visa 2015
    4. Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellowship, Comparative Program on Health and Society,
    5. Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto 2015
    6. Junior Resident Fellowship, Massey College in the University of Toronto 2015
    7. Margaret McNamara Educational Grant for Women from Developing Countries 2015
    8. Ontario Graduate Scholarship/Visa 2014
    9. Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship, Delta Gamma Kappa Society International 2014
    10. Global Health Student Research Award, University of Toronto 2013
    11. Doctoral Research Award, International Development Research Center, Canada 2012
    12. University of Toronto Open Fellowship, University of Toronto 2011
    13. Edmund J. Curley Scholarship, Harvard School of Public Health 2011
    14. Hearst Scholarship, Harvard School of Public Health 2011
    15. Michael von Clemm Traveling Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health 2010

     

    Invited Peer Review

    • Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care March 2016
    • BioMed Central Public Health June 2015
    • International Journal of Women’s Health January 2014

     

    Selected presentations

    1. National struggles for health equity and universal health coverage: Political drivers. Panel, The Political Origins of Health Inequities and Universal Health Coverage, Organized by The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, University of Oslo, Norway (2018).
    2. Dual practice and inequities in access to healthcare: A qualitative study from Kandy. Oral Presentation, First International Conference on Medical Humanities 2018, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2018)
    3. Public healthcare in Sri Lanka: An endangered model of “universal health coverage”? Comparative Program on Health and Society Seminar Series, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Canada (2016).
    4. Is our health service free? Jana Mediriya, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Invited by the Kandy Branch of the Sri Lanka Rationalists’ Association (2015).
    5. Expanding private healthcare after the war. Post-war Development in Asia and Africa; 13th Annual CEPA Symposium. Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2014).
    6. Why is unsafe abortion off the agenda? International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011).
    7. Medicine and Women’s Bodies: The Case of Misoprostol In Sri Lanka, Women Gender and Health Working Group, Harvard School of Public Health, United States of America (2010).

    Professional licenses 

         Sri Lanka Medical Council Registration (Registration No. 21308)

    Other Qualifications and Training

    1. Seminars on Medical Education, 2-day workshop organized by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna in collaboration with the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge (2018)
    2. Training of Trainers Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming, 3-day workshop organized by University Grants Commission and Commonwealth of Learning (2018)                                          
    3. Seminars on Medical Education, 4-day workshop organized by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna in collaboration with the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge (2017)            
    4. Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health, University of Toronto (2017)
    5. Advanced Training in Qualitative Health Research Methodology Certificate, Center for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto (2014)  
    6. Oral Presentation Skills Seminar, English Language and Writing Support, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (2013)
    7. Writing Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Proposals, English Language and Writing Support, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (2013)
    8. Interdisciplinary Concentration in Women, Gender and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, United States of America (2011-2009)
    9. MD Anaesthesiology (Part 1 A) Examination, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2007)