Dr. (Mrs). V. Ambalavanar

Dr. (Mrs). V. Ambalavanar

MBBS (Jaffna), MSc in Clinical Microbiology (London), MPhil (Peradeniya)

Head and Senior lecturer Gr (I),
Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Jaffna

Research Interests

Senior lecturer Gr I, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

August 2017 – to date


Senior Lecturer Gr II, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

August 2012 – August 2017

Lecturer (Probationary), Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

March 2001 – March 2009

Medical Officer (Out Patient Department), Teaching Hospital Jaffna

November 1999 – February 2001

Resident House Officer (Medicine), Teaching Hospital Jaffna

June 1999 – November 1999

Intern Medical Officer (Surgery/Pediatrics), Teaching Hospital Jaffna

June 1998 – June 1999

Demonstrator, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

April 1998 – June 1998


  1. Sumatha K, Ambalavanar V and Premakrishna Prevalence of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae and theirsensitivity pattern in perineal Region among patients in Intensive Care Units, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. Presented in the Jaffna Medical Association Annual Scientific Session 2017.



  1. N. Sathiesswaran, Valarmathy Ambalavanar, M.M Gunawardane and A.N Arulpragasam, Coliforms are the major uropathogens. These pathogens are mostly implemented as the ESBL producer, significantly limiting the treatment option for infections. This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing coliforms among urinary isolates and their antibiotic sensitivity patterns among clinically suspected patients with urinary tract infection in outdoor patient department at Teaching Hospital Batticaloa. This descriptive cross sectional study was conducted during October 2015 to December 2015.

  2. Sakashan, S., Surenthirakumaran, R., Ambalavanar, V., Self-administration of antibiotics and factors influencing on it among the patients with respiratory symptoms attending primary care hospitals in Nallur. Proceedings of Undergraduate Research Symposium-2018: 42

  3. Mithuran, E., Upendran, N., Sivarajah, N., Ambalavanar, V., Incidence of sharp     injury among doctors at Teaching Hospital Jaffna in two months’ period, previous exposure, associated factors and their awareness of consequence and immediate management. Proceedings of Undergraduate Research Symposium-2018: 80

  4. Piyumi M, Hirushi M, Kumari WN, Kumar R, Ambalavanar V. Knowledge and attitudes towards genfer-based discrimination(GBD) and associated factors among medical students of University of Jaffna. Proceeding of the 2nd Undergraduate Research Symposium 12th & 13th December 2019.


Ongoing study

  1. Knowledge, attitude, practice, available facilities and influencing factors of hand hygiene among doctors and nursing officers in the surgical wards of Teaching Hospital, Jaffna
  • Supervisor in MRSA Contamination of mobile phones of students of Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna. -2016

  • Supervisor in Incidence and pattern of urinary tract infections before and after endoscopic urological procedures, their antimicrobial susceptibility profiles and the associated risk factors among urology patients in Teaching Hospital, Jaffna-2016

  • Supervisor in Prevalence and type of culture positive organisms among clinically suspected urinary tract infection patients and their sensitivity pattern in outpatient Department, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna-2016.

  • Supervisor in Prevalence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterbacteriaceae in perineal region among patients in intensive care unit, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. -2016

  • Supervisor in The Quality of sputum samples from Medical wards processed in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, teaching Hospital Jaffna and The Influencing Factors. -2017