Prof.R.Surenthirakumaran - MBBS, M.Sc. (Community Medicine), PGD (Applied Statistics) MD (Community Medicine)

Professor in Community Medicine and Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Department of Community and Family Faculty of, Medicine, University of Jaffna

Mobile: +94777448080

Email: surenthirakumaran@gmail.com

 

    Professor in Community Medicine.

    Senior Lecturer Grade I

    Senior Lecturer Grade II 

    Head, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (2012-2019)

    Member, Board of Study for Community Medicine, Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2014 – present)

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and the Community Based Medical Education Unit, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom (March 2011 – March 2012)

    Chief Medical Officer of Health, University Field Project Area, University of Jaffna (2012-present)

    Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (August 2004 – March 2011)

    Senior House Officer, Paediatrics, Teaching Hospital Jaffna (January – August 2004)

    Intern Medical Officer, Teaching Hospital Jaffna (January 2003 – January 2004)

    Demonstrator, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (November 2002 – January 2003)

    Full paper publications

    1. Surenthirakumaran, R., Sasrubi, S (2021). The management of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder during COVID- 19 lockdown in Northern Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Journal of Paediatric and Child Health; 4: 52-54.

    2. Hamilton A, Foster C, Richards J, Surenthirakumaran R. Psychosocial wellbeing and physical health among Tamil schoolchildren in northern Sri Lanka. Conflict Health [Internet]. 2016 Jul 6 [cited 2021 Jan 24];10(1). Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27385976/
    3. Wilson A, Nirantharakumar K, Truchanowicz EG, Surenthirakumaran R, Macarthur C, Coomarasamy A. Motivational interviews to improve contraceptive use in populations at high risk of unintended pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis [Internet]. Vol. 191, European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Elsevier Ireland Ltd; 2015 [cited 2021 Jan 25]. p. 72–9. Available from: http://www.ejog.org/article/S0301211515001633/fulltext
    4. Doherty S, Hulland E, Lopes-Cardozo B, Kirupakaran S, Surenthirakumaran R, Cookson S, Siriwardhana,C. Prevalence of mental disorders and epidemiological associations in post-conflict primary care attendees: A cross-sectional study in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. BMC Psychiatry [Internet]. 2019 Mar 4 [cited 2021 Jan 24];19(1):83. Available from: https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-019-2064-0
    5. Rajasooriyar C, Sritharan T, Chenthuran S, Indranath K, Surenthirakumaran R. The role of staging Computed Tomography on detection of occult metastasis in asymptomatic breast cancer patients. Cancer Rep [Internet]. 2020 Jun 7 [cited 2021 Jan 24];3(3). Available from:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cnr2.1247
    6. Lip GYH, Guo Y, Lotufo P, Surenthirakumaran R, Humphreys L, Thomas GN, et al. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation management. Eur Heart J [Internet]. 2019 Sep 21 [cited 2021 Jan 24];40(36):3005–7. Available from: https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/40/36/3005/5572093
    7. Selvananthan S, Subramanium S, Vairavanathan S, Rajendra S, Shanmugarajan B. Betel chewing among bus drivers in Jaffna district. Ceylon Med J [Internet]. 2018 Jun 30 [cited 2021 Jan 24];63(2):68. Available from: https://cmj.sljol.info/article/10.4038/cmj.v63i2.8686/
    8. Thiyahiny SN, Sathiadas MG, Surenthirakumaran R, Layanthini S. Prescription of antibiotics among paediatric outpatients at Teaching Hospital-Jaffna. Jaffna Med J [Internet]. 2019 Aug 19 [cited 2021 Jan 24];31(1):3. Available from: https://jmj.sljol.info/article/10.4038/jmj.v31i1.59/
    9. Kesavan R, Surenthirakumaran R, Coonghe PAD, Ketheswaran A. Public health handling of “Patient 31 of Seoul” in Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians Sri Lanka [Internet]. 2020 Nov 14 [cited 2021 Jan 24];26(5). Available from: http://jccpsl.sljol.info/articles/10.4038/jccpsl.v26i5.8322
    10. Kumaran S, Surenthirakumaran R, Haq A, Nithiyalingam A, Gobith R. Public and patients involvement in chronic illness care, a way to provide universal health coverage in poor resource settings – a case study. Jaffna Medical Journal [Internet]. 2018 Dec 28 [cited 2021 Jan 24];30(2):8. Available from: https://jmj.sljol.info/article/10.4038/jmj.v30i2.18/
    11. Surenthirakumaran R, Coonghe PAD, Kumaran S., Prevalence and influencing factors of BMI and effect of school-based intervention among the Grade 8 School children in Jaffna district. Jaffna Medical Journal 2020;32(2):26. doi:10.4038/jmj.v32i2.104
    12. Surenthirakumaran, R. Experience of developing WHO Healthy City model in Jaffna: A way forward to control Non-Communicable Diseases. Batticaloa Medical Journal 2020;12(2)
    13. Thileeban A., Surenthirakumaran R. Prevalence of tobacco smoking, betel chewing, and alcohol drinking and influencing factors on the waste management labourers at Jaffna Municipal Council, Sri Lanka. Batticaloa Medical Journal 2020;12(2)
    14. Kumaran, S., Malawan, R., Surenthirakumaran, R. & Coonghe PAD. Empowering the local community to enhance their own health. Sri Lankan Family Physician 2016;32(1):51–2.
    15. Surenthirakumaran R. Primary health care development in war affected areas. Jaffna Medical Journal 2012; 28(1):47–52.
    16. Clindon, N., Surenthirakumaran, R. and Thuvaragan, S.. Attitudes and perceptions about the role of a clinical pharmacist in in-patient management among nurses at a tertiary government hospital, Sri Lanka. Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka 2020: 10(1), pp.74–84. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/pjsl.v10i1.59
    17. Gobalasuthanthiran, K., Sivarajasundaram, R., Surenthirakumaran, R., and Chandrasekar K. Influence of socio-economic, educational status of school children on their information seeking behaviour and school library usage: A study among GCE Advanced Level students of the Jaffna Educational Zone. Sri Lanka Library Review 2016:30.
    18. Kolitha W., Surenthirakumaran R. Survey on assisted voluntary returnees to Sri Lanka: Analysis of survey data on assisted voluntary returnees from Canada Title. In: Migration health research to advance evidence-based policy and practice in Sri Lanka – | IOM Online store [Internet]. Colombo; 2017. p. 1711. Available from: https://publications.iom.int/migration-health-research-advance-evidence-based-policy-and-practice-sri-lanka
    19. Kumaran, S., Surenthirakumaran,R., Coonghe, PAD., Gobith, R., Arasu P. A model Family Health Center for rural settings in Sri Lanka — a case study. Sri Lankan Family Physician. 2018; 34(1):51–2

     

    Full papers accepted for publication

    1. Wang, J., Cooper, J.M., Gokhale, K., Acosta-Mena, D., Dhalla, S., Byne, N., Chandan, J.S., Anand, A., Okoth, K., Subramanian, A., Bangash, M.N., Jackson, T., Zemedikun, D., Taverner, T., Hanif, W., Ghosh, S., Narendran, P., Toulis, K., Tahrani, A., Surenthirakumaran, R.,  Adderley, N.J., Haroon, S., Khunti, K., Sainsbury, C., Thomas, G.N., Nirantharakumar, K.  Association of metformin with susceptibility to COVID-19 in people with Type 2 diabetes. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2021.
    2. Surenthirakumaran, R, Kumaran, S, Coonghe PAD. Mental health problems, associated factors and outcome of the school students aged 13- 15 years in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians Sri Lanka. 2021;
    3. Sasrubi S, Sathiadas M G, Surenthirakumaran R, Arasaratnam V. Maternal socio-demographic and economic factors of preterm babies born in Teaching Hospital, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health. 2021;50.
    4. Surenthirakumaran, R., Kumaran, S., Sasrubi S. Case Study of the management of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Family Physician. 2020;
    5. Surenthirakumaran, R., Saseela, S., O’Brien, A., Kumaran, S. Comparison of delivering community-based medical education for undergraduate medical students in Sri Lankan and UK medical schools: Experience of two institutions. Sri Lankan Family Physician. 2020;
    6. Thuvaraka,V., Visakapavan, G., Thijan K., Chrishanthi, R. Surenthirakumaran R. Does the delay in offering adjuvant radioactive iodine for differentiated thyroid cancers matter? Sri Lanka Journal of Cancer. 2020;
    7. Surenthirakumaran R., Gowshigan, C., Chrishanthi , R., Jeyaram T. Considering the elements in the rural area in improving the quality of life of a patient who is experiencing end-of-life care. Sri Lanka Journal of Cancer. 2020;

     

    Dissertations

    1. Surenthirakumaran, R. Maternal and child health services in Kopay MOH area (Jaffna District) and factors associated with provision of services. MSc dissertation, Postgraduate of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2006).
    2. Surenthirakumaran, R. Current status of cancer in Jaffna District: Completeness of registration and prevalence of risk factors and awareness of preventive services. Thesis submitted for M.D in Community Medicine to Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010).

     

    Selected abstracts 

    1. Surenthirakumaran R, T. Janani, P. Pushpana, T. Kumanan, and S. Kannathasan (2012), Amoebic liver abscess: An emerging threat in Northern Sri Lanka, EMBO Global Lecture Course and Symposium on Amoebiasis, 4-7th March, Page 80.
    2. Surenthirakumaran R, D. Sivalingam, A. Anantharajah, and P. Laksman (2012), Study on factors affecting the secondary prevention of post-STEMI patients at Teaching Hospital, Jaffna, 44th APACPH Conference, 13-18th October, Page 280.
    3. Surenthirakumaran R, S. Sunantha, B. Sinduja, and  S. Rajendra (2012), Descriptive study of knowledge and influencing factors of diabetic leg ulcer among diabetic leg ulcer patients in Teaching Hospital Jaffna, 44th APACPH Conference, 13-18th October, Page 279.
    4. Surenthirakumaran R, G. Sathiadas, C. Denyraj, and K. Nishanthiny (2012), Study about the influences of selected material and foetal factors affecting premature babies at Teaching Hospital Jaffna, 44th APACPH Conference, 13-18th October, Page 80.
    5. Surenthirakumaran R, T. Kumanan, V. Sarangan, and Y. Gowrinesan (2012), Satisfaction of the patients on present clinic setup maintained at medical clinics at Teaching Hospital Jaffna, 44th APACPH Conference, 13-18th October, Page 46.
    6. Kamalruban L, Sivapalan K, Sivarajah N, Surenthirakumaran, R. (2013). Factors affecting the early initiation of breastfeeding at birth in the Jaffna Municipal Council Area. Physiological Society of Sri Lanka Annual Scientific Sessions 21st -22nd November, Page 22.
    7. Surenthirakumaran, R., Coonghe, P. A. D., Kumaran, S, Arulnesan, A, Dela Bandara, R. K. (2013). Knowledge, attitude and practices regarding nutrition in a newly resettled population in Northern Province Sri Lanka. College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka, 39th Annual Academic Session 10th November. Page 38.
    8. Serujanan, T., Rajeevan, S., Surenthirakumaran R., Kuruparan, K. (2013). Trend and influencing factors on reproductive health knowledge and family planning usage among teenage pregnant mothers at a tertiary care center in northern Sri Lanka, Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, The 45th Annual Conference, October 24-27, Page 382.
    9. Layanthini, S., Sathiadas, M. G., Surenthirakumaran, R., Navaratnarajah, T.S. (2014)  Paediatric prescription at the outpatient department of the Teaching Hospital of Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014, Page 44.   
    10. Silmiya Y., Yoosuf M.Y., Mohamed, S. A.N., Surenthirakumaran, R., Malaravan, M. Pattern and factors influencing the presentation of cataract and selected comorbid illness among the cataract surgical patients in Teaching Hospital Jaffna. Jaffna Medical Association 12 December -14th December 2014, Page 30.
    11. Sivatharsini, V., Surenthirakumaran, R., Sivaganesh, S., Balakumar, S. Prevalence, pattern and influencing factors of betel chewing among bus drivers in Jaffna District. Jaffna Medical Association 12th December – 14th December 2014, Page 29.    
    12. Chrishanthi, R., Surenthirakumaran, R., Thamayanthi, T., Suvithra, P. (2014). The role of computed tomography on up staring of breast cancer in newly diagnosed asymptomatic breast cancer patients at Teaching hospital Jaffna. Faculty of Medicine Overseas & Local Alumni Association Joint Scientific Session 18th & 19th of July 2014. Page 49.     
    13. Arivuchelvan, K., Nirmalan, S., Surenthirakumaran, R., Fernandopulle, A.N.R., Rihana, M.K.F., Aathithya, R. (2015). Disease related factors influencing the development of fatty liver among diabetic patients. Jaffna Medical Association Annual Academic Session, Page 23.
    14. Elankumaran, V., Roxiya, S.M., Surenthirakumaran, R, Sathiadas, M.G. (2015). Knowledge and health seeking behaviour among caregivers of children with developmental delay in Jaffna district of Northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference, 21-23 October, Page 144.
    15. Surenthirakumaran, R, Veerasuthan, T., Sivansuthan, S., Kumanan, T. (2015). Influence of selected factors on prevalence of microvascular complaints among Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients attending Diabetes Centre, Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference, 21-23 October, Page 99.
    16. Surenthirakumaran, R., Sivakanesan, S., Angajan, S., Vasantharuba, S. (2015). Usage of pesticides, self-protection methods and influence of knowledge of farmers on usage of pesticides in Jaffna district, Northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference, 21-23 October, Page 43.
    17. Surenthirakumaran, R., Hamzathwany, R., Tharani, S., Sivansuthan, S. (2015). Psychological adaptation and influence of family support on it in Type II diabetes mellitus patients attending medical clinic, Teaching Hospital Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka. 47th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference 21-23 October Page 21.
    18. Sasrubi, S., Arasaratnam, V., Sathiadas, M.G., Surenthirakumaran, R. (2018). Preterm birth and neurodevelopment: Comparison of cognitive, language and motor scales using Bayley Scale of Toddler and Infant Development- III, 3 MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION, Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists (SLAYS).

         

     Books

    1. Kumaran, S., Surenthirakumaran, R., Coonghe, P. A. D., Sivarajah, N. (2017). Community-Oriented Primary Care Jaffna. A Model Primary Care in Sri Lanka, A Story So Far 2012-2017. Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Jaffna. ISBN 978-955-0585-15-1. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2256
    2. R.Surenthirakumaran (2020). Jaffna Healthy City: An Experience Volume 1. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, ISBN: 978-624-5595-01-3 http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2249
    3. Surenthirakumaran, R (2020). Development of Palliative Care Services in Northern Sri Lanka: A Guide for Implementation. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, ISBN:978-624-5595-06-8. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2251
    4. Surenthirakumaran, R., Kumaran, S., Shribavan, K. Shanmuganathan, Y (2020). Community Engagement and Involvement in Research: Local Experiences. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, ISBN:978-624-5595-03-07 http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2247
    5. Kumar, R., Coonghe, P.A.D., Surenthirakumaran, R (2020). Planning Undergraduate Research: A Step-by-Step Guide for Medical Students. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, ISBN: 978-624-5595-02-0. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2255
    6. Coonghe, P.A.D., Surenthirakumaran, R., Nithiyananda, S., Pieris, S. T., Sathees, S., Sivakumar, R. (2020). The Instruction Manual of Getting School Communities Ready for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19. Department of Education, Northern Province, ISBN: 978-624-5595-08-02. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2248
    7. Surenthirakumaran, R., Sathees, S., Shayuthan, S. (2020). Infection Control: A Guide for Health Care Institutions in Community. Department of Education, Northern Province, ISBN: 978-624-5595-07-5 http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2250
    8. Surenthirakumaran, R., Navaratnam, S (2020). Strategic Framework for the Cancer Plan for the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, Towards Improving Cancer Control. Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.
    9. Surenthirakumaran, R. (2020). COVID-19 Infection and Challenges to control in Northern Province (Tamil) ISBN-978-624-5595-05-1. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2252
    10. Surenthirakumaran, R. (2020). Cancer book (Tamil), CANE, Sri Lanka. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2253
    11. Surenthirakumaran, R. (2020). Cancer awareness (Tamil). http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2254

     

     

    University, National and International Development Activities 

    1. Head/ Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna from 10th January 2019
    2. Head/Department of Community & Family Medicine ,Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna  July  2012 to 9th January 2019
    3. Acting Head/Department of Community & Family Medicine ,Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna April 2012 –July 2012
    4. Acting Head/ Department of Forensic Medicine Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna April 2012 – April 2018
    5. Member of Ethics Review Committee 2012 to date
    6. Assistant Secretary of “LANKAPHEIN” -2018 to date
    7. Convener of Faculty Co-ordinating Committee on Reproductive Health -2012 to 2015
    8. Representative for UDG under the HETC Project (Strengthening Soft Skills)
    9. Member of Board of Study in Community Medicine and Medical administration PGIM, Colombo -2012 to date
    10. Member of Board of study Medical Sciences, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Jaffna -2014 to date
    11. Faculty Mentor for Inter University Innovation Competition SIIIP -2014
    12. Chairman, Faculty Exhibition Committee 2018 &2019
    13. Chairman, Faculty Fortieth Anniversary Committee 2018 & 2019 
    14. Secretary Jaffna Medical Association-2013&2014
    15. Faculty Student Counsellor –2014-2015
    16. Life Member Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA)
    17. Secretary, Alumni, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna -2008 -2017
    18. Representative to FERCSL (Forum of Ethics Review Committees Sri Lanka) 2016 & 2017
    19. President Jaffna Science Association 2016 & 2017
    20. Member of Sri Lanka Medical Association.
    21. Committee Member for Palliative care Task Force of Sri Lanka Medical Association
    22. Institutional Representative to APACPH (Asian Pacific Academic Consortium of Public     Health) 2010 to  date
    23. Member of College of Community Physicians, Sri Lanka.
    24. Associate of South Asian Regional Initiative/Equity Support Program.
    25. Member of National Coordinating Committee of Reproductive Research (NCCPR) Sri Lanka
    26. President of Cancer Aid for North and East of Sri Lanka
    27. President of Jaffna Social action Centre
    28.  Chairman, Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    29. Honorary Medical Superintendent, Moolai Co-operative Hospital, Jaffna (2004 – present)
    30. President, Jaffna Science Association (2016 – 2017)
    31. Chairman, AHEAD Trust (2013 – 2015)
    32. Co-Chair, District Child Protection Committee Jaffna (2000 – 2006)
    33. Member of National Child Protection Authority (NCPA- 2004 t0 2005)

     

    Current research activities

    1. Country lead, Global Health Atrial Fibrillation Study Group, University of Birmingham UK, Funded by National Institute of Health Research, UK (2018 to present)
    2. Coordinator, Development of a Trans-disciplinary, Multi-stakeholder Approach for Water Security in Northern Province, Sri Lanka, AHEAD World Bank Funded Project (2018 to present)
    3. Managerial Coordinator, Jaffna Healthy City project, WHO Sri Lanka (2018 to present)
    4. Collaborator, Health, psychological distress and level integrated mental health into primary care for post – conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka. [COMGAP] funded by the CDC and jointly with Anglia Ruskin University UK
    5. Co-investigator, Effect of Cherukurinja (Gymnema Lactiferum) on glycemic control and on selected biochemical and physiological parameters among patients with Type II diabetes mellitus. NRC Sri Lanka funded research.
    6. Collaborator, Economic empowerment of women and contributing factors. University of Jaffna and District Secretariat Jaffna. Education (NIE) Research grant for postgraduate research.
    7. Collaborator, Developing cancer care in Northern Province. Ministry of Health Northern Province, Faculty of Medicine University of Jaffna, Cancer care Manitoba Canada, Two World Cancer Collaboration Canada.
    8. Collaborator, Developing Birth Cohort in Sri Lanka with University of Bristol, UK.
    9. Collaborator, Developing molecular genetic research activity for CA Oesophagus.

    Selected completed research projects

    1. Principle investigator, Grandparent-grandchild interactions in successful aging of elders in Jaffna District, with P.A. D. Coonghe, K. Hale, A. Maselko, T. Østbye, collaboration with University of North Carolina and Duke University, USA.
    2. Collaborator, Disability Survey in the Northern Province, Collaboration between Ministry of Health Northern Province and Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.

    Postgraduate supervision

    In-progress:

    1. MD Community Medicine Thesis (in progress): Dr. C. J. Mathan Raj: Psychoactive substance use and effectiveness of risk reduction interventions among secondary school students in the Jaffna District. Primary supervisor.
    2. PhD Thesis (in progress): Dr. A. Wickramasinghe, University of Uppsala, Sweden,Study on Ragging Violence, Health consequences and health seeking behaviour among students of the University of Jaffna. Co-supervisor.

    Completed:

    1. MPhil Thesis: Mrs. L. Kamalarupan, Factors affecting the feeding pattern of infants from birth to six months in Jaffna Municipal Council Area. Co-supervisor.
    2. MSc Community Medicine Dissertation: Dr.A.Thileepan: Association of work-related factors on occupational health and health and safety practices among Jaffna Municipal Council waste management labourers. Primary supervisor.
    3. MSc Community Medicine Dissertation: Association of selected factors on knowledge, attitudes and practices on prevention of infectious water borne diseases among Grade 10 students in Mannar Education Zone. Primary supervisor.
    4. MSc in Medical Administration Dissertation: Dr. S. Kumaravel:  Influence of knowledge and attitudes of nursing officers on the level of infection control activities in secondary and tertiary care hospitals in Jaffna district
    5. MSc in Medical Administration Dissertation: Dr. N. Senthurpathiraja: Role of public health inspectors on implementation of health promoting school programme in northern province.
    6. MSc in Medical Administration Dissertation: Dr. P. Thileepan, Association of selected factors on perceived quality of care provided for the inward patients at Type A base hospitals in Jaffna District

    Editorial and peer-review activities

    1. Editor of Faculty Journal: Journal of Jaffna Medical Sciences.
    2. Editorial Board Member: Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (2016 – present)
    3. Editorial Board Member: Journal of Jaffna Science Association
    4. Editor of Sugamanchari Tamil magazine published by AHEAD
    5. Reviewer of the Asian Pacific Journal of Public Health 

    Contribution to development of courses

    1. Masters in Health Management, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Jaffna.
    2. Prospectus committee of MSc in Community Medicine and MD in Community Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
    3. Chairman of Faculty level committee appointed to develop postgraduate courses (2020 to present).

    Contribution to reports

    1. Home truths: Children’s rights in institutional care in Sri Lanka (2005). Save The Children Sri Lanka.
    2. World Bank. 2018. Integrating Nutrition Promotion and Rural Development in Sri Lanka (English). SAFANSI The South Asia Food and Nutrition Initiative. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. 
    3. Economic Development Framework for a Northern Province Master Plan.
      https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/sites/default/files/cbslweb_documents/Economic%20Development%20Framework%20NP-English.pdf
    4. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Regarding Nutrition in Thunukai and Manthai East, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. University of Jaffna and Sewalanka Foundation
    5. Effective Institutionalization of Tested Models & Redress to Problems by Local Authorities in Northern Province of Sri Lanka, Asia Foundation Sri Lanka. http://repo.jfn.ac.lk/med/handle/701/2257

    Honorary positions

    1. Honorary Medical Superintendent, Moolai Co-operative Hospital, Jaffna (2004 – present)
    2. Editorial Board Member, Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (2016 – present)
    3. President, Jaffna Science Association (2016 – 2017)
    4. President, Institute of Medical Sciences Trust (2013 – 2015)
    5. Chairman, AHEAD Trust (2013 – 2015)
    6. Co-Chair, District Child Protection Committee Jaffna (2000 – 2010)

    Consultancies
    WHO-sponsored study of aetiology of anaemia in the Northern Province (2016 – present)
    Disability Survey, Ministry of Health Northern Province (2014 – 2015)
    Development of Strategic Health Plan Northern Province (2014 – 2015)
    World Bank-commissioned Evaluation of the JSDF Community Nutrition Programme World Bank (2013 – 2014)
    International Organization for Migration Study (2013 – 2014)

    Awards and scholarships

    1. Visiting scholar, Velore Christian Medical College, Commonwealth scholarship (2002 – 2003)
    2. S. Sivagurunathan Memorial Award for Field Component in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (2000) 
    3. Vaithiyanathr Nadarajah Memorial Award for Distinction (Honors) in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna (2000)

    Professional licenses
    Sri Lanka Medical Council