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

Senior Lecturer (Gr.II)
Email : ramyak@univ.jfn.ac.lk

    • 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)

    Peer-reviewed publications

    • 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.


    Thesis publications

    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

    Awards and fellowships

    • 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

    Invited Peer Review

    • 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

    Selected presentations

    • 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).

    Professional licenses 

    Sri Lanka Medical Council Registration (Registration No. 21308)

    Other Qualifications and Contributions

    • 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)