Dr.Ramya Kumar - MBBS (Peradeniya), SM (Harvard), MSc (Colombo), PhD (Toronto)
- Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Community and Family 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)
- Birn A.E. & Kumar, R. (2021). Societal Determinants and Determination of Health. In S. Benatar & G. Brock (Eds.), Global Health: Ethical Challenges (pp. 28-50) (2 Edition). Cambridge University Press.
- Rajasooriyar, C. I., Kumar, R., Sriskandarajah, M. H., Gnanathayalan, S. W., Kelly, J., & Sabesan, S. (2021). Exploring the psychosocial morbidity of women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer in a post-war setting: experiences of Northern Sri Lankan women. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-7.
- Weerasinghe, R. H. M., Lakmali, J. M. D., De Silva, B. H. K. G., Kumar, R. & Sathiadas, M.G. (2020). Burnout syndrome, associated factors and coping strategies of Jaffna Medical Students. Jaffna Medical Journal 32 (1), 12-17.
- Kumar, R. (2020). Beyond Numbers: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Response, Politics and People. Polity 8 (1&2), 8-13. http://ssalanka.org/beyond-numbers-sri-lankas-covid-19-response-politics-people-ramya-kumar-pp-8-13/
- Kumar, R (2019). Public–private partnerships for universal health coverage? The future of “free health” in Sri Lanka. Globalization and Health 15, 75 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-019-0522-6
- Kumar, R & Birn, AEB (2018). Universal health coverage can best be achieved by public systems. BMJ Opinion.
- Kumar, R (2018). Dual practice and inequities in access to healthcare. Jaffna Medical Journal, 30(1), 6-12.
- Kumar, R (2017). ‘Free health’ in the face of healthcare privatization in post-1977 Sri Lanka. Polity, 7(2), 24-30.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kumar, R (2013). Abortion in Sri Lanka: The double standard. American Journal of Public Health, 103 (3), 400-404.
- Kumar, R (2012). Misoprostol and the politics of abortion in Sri Lanka. Reproductive Health Matters, 20 (40), 166-174.
- Kumar R, Einstein, G (2012). Cardiovascular disease in Somali women in the diaspora. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 6 (3), 229 -237.
- 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.
- Kumar, R. (2018). The privatization imperative: Women negotiating healthcare in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
- 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.
Lancet/SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societiesthrough Health and Gender Equality 2019-present
Public Health Writers’ Collective 2019-present
Sri Lanka Medical Association 2018-present
Jaffna Medical Association 2018-present
The Alumni, Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna 2018-present
University of Toronto, Alumni 2018 -present
Jaffna Science Association 2017- present
Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya 2014- present
Harvard Alumni Association 2011-present
Peradeniya Medical Students’ Alumni Association 2004-present
- Joan Eakin Award for Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation 2019
- David Coburn Award for Academic Excellence, University of Toronto 2018
- Hastings Memorial Fellowship 2016
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship/Visa 2015
- Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellowship, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto 2015
- Junior Resident Fellowship, Massey College in the University of Toronto 2015
- Margaret McNamara Educational Grant for Women from Developing Countries 2015
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship/Visa 2014
- Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship, Delta Gamma Kappa Society International 2014
- Global Health Student Research Award, University of Toronto 2013
- Doctoral Research Award, International Development Research Center, Canada 2012
- University of Toronto Open Fellowship, University of Toronto 2011
- Edmund J. Curley Scholarship, Harvard School of Public Health 2011
- Hearst Scholarship, Harvard School of Public Health 2011
- Michael von Clemm Traveling Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health 2010
- Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2020
- Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care March 2016
- BioMed Central Public Health June 2015
- International Journal of Women’s Health January 2014
- Women’s talk: A critical bricolage. Invited presentation with R. MacDonald at the CQ Virtual Seminar Series, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto. 29 January 2021 (Online).
- Qualitative research in clinical practice: Possibilities and potential challenges. Invited presentation at the Jaffna Medical Association Virtual Webinar Series. 23 January 2021 (Online).
- Diverging Trajectories in Sri Lanka: A “Controlled” Pandemic and a Depression in the Making. Invited presentation with A.A.Kadirgamar at the Development Policy and Power Seminar Series, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. 27 November 2020 (Online).
- Gender-based Violence and Violence Against Women/Girls: Towards a broader definition, GBV Symposium jointly organized by the University of Jaffna, British Council (SriLanka), JSAC and FSID (2019)
- Beyond universal health coverage? ‘Free health’ in Sri Lanka. Public lecture organized by the Kukah Centre for Faith, Leadership and Public Policy Research, Abuja, Nigeria (2019)
- 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).
- 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)
- 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).
- Is our health service free? Jana Mediriya, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Invited by the Kandy Branch of the Sri Lanka Rationalists’ Association (2015).
- 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).
- Why is unsafe abortion off the agenda? International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011).
- 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).
- Coordinator, 3rd Undergraduate Research Symposium, Organized by the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Jaffna held on January 19, 2021
- 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)
- Training of Trainers Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming, 3-day workshop organized by University Grants Commission and Commonwealth of Learning (2018)
- 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)
- Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health, University of Toronto (2017)
- Advanced Training in Qualitative Health Research Methodology Certificate, Center for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto (2014)
- Oral Presentation Skills Seminar, English Language and Writing Support, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (2013)
- Writing Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Proposals, English Language and Writing Support, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (2013)
- Interdisciplinary Concentration in Women, Gender and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, United States of America (2011-2009)
- MD Anaesthesiology (Part 1 A) Examination, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2007)
Awards and fellowships
Invited Peer Review
Sri Lanka Medical Council Registration (Registration No. 21308)
Other Qualifications and Contributions