Friday, June 06, 2008

Curriculum Vitae

Dr.Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe (MD, MSc, MD)
271/6, Samanala Mawatha,
Galagedera , Padukka ,Sri Lanka
00 94 11 2831799
, Gunathilake@khalsa.com

EDUCATION

Doctor of Medicine (Community Medicine) – 2005
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
Thesis: Pharmaceutical Consumption among adults, private pharmacy services and implementation of Drug Regulation in a selected urban and rural district in Sri Lanka

Master of Science (Community Medicine) -2000
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
Dissertation: Evaluation of Rubella Immunization Programme in Polonnaruwa district in Sri Lanka

Doctor of Medicine (General Medicine) -1994
Order of people’s friendship state medical university, Rostov on Don, Russia (Former USSR)
Basic medical degree

Post Doctoral Training -2006
A requirement for Board Certification as a consultant in Community Medicine in the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine

Institutions where training was completed:
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand,
“Public Health South” of the Otago district health board, Dunedin, New Zealand A visiting staff member attached to the
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine of the Otago University New Zealand
Pharmacovigillance centre
Pharmacy School of the Otago University
Public Health section of the Otago District Health Board
“Med safe” -Dunedin

Responsibilities/ courses followed
A member of the Pharmacy practice Research group and conducted the research project on “ Medicines advertising on New Zealand TV “
Audited post Graduate courses: Health Economics, Occupational safety, epidemiology and
biostatistics
Pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmacovigilance at the New Zealand pharmacovigillance centre
Involvement in planning, implementation and monitoring of preventive health programmes at the Public Health South of the Otago district health board

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Medical Officer – Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
Period: 2005 to date
Responsibilities:
Consultant Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health
Surveillance of communicable diseases
Planning, implementation and monitoring of control of priority communicable diseases
Planning , designing and conducting research for formulation of immunization policies
Ensuring disaster preparedness and initiating outbreak response
Involved in enhancing capacity of public health staff

Medical Officer - Anti Leprosy Campaign, Ministry of Health
Period: 2003-2005
Responsibilities:
A member of the policy planning team for integration of leprosy into the General Health Structure
Epidemiological analysis of the Leprosy status in Sri Lanka
Planning monitoring and evaluation of leprosy control programmes,
Conducting training modules for different target groups on detection and management
and control of Leprosy,
Editor of the News Letter of the Campaign
Lecturer in Community Medicine, Department of Community Medicine at the University of Colombo ( Doctoral training )
Period: 2001-2003
Responsibilities:
Teaching Basic Epidemiology, Research Methodology and Medical Statistics for undergraduates in Medicine
Supervising field attachments of Family and Community Medicine of undergraduate Students
Curriculum development for community medicine stream

Medical Officer of Health (MOH) and Divisional Director of Health Services (DDHS), Lankapura, Ministry of Health, North Central Province of Sri Lanka
Period: 2000-2001
Ministry of Health, North Central Province of Sri Lanka
Responsibilities:
Middle level Management of public health activities and staff
Planning, monitoring, co ordination, implementation and evaluation of Primary Health care( MCH, Immunization, occupational, environmental health etc) in a defined health division( MOH area)

Medical Officer in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Base Hospital, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Period: 1996-1998

Internship for Medical Officers as a requirement for registration as a Medical Practitioner in Sri Lanka,
Period: 1995-1996

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Current research works:
Co principal investigator of the study estimating the Annual Risk of Tuberculosis Infection in Sri Lanka funded by the Global Fund For AIDS,MALARIA,TUBERCULOSIS( GFAMT).
Co-principal investigator for the study (clinical trial) assessing the safety and Immunogenicity of the JE live SA 14-14-2 vaccine among Sri Lankan children sponsored by the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH-USA).
Sri Lankan co-coordinator of the South Asian Pneumococcal Surveillance Network Alliance (SAPNA) sponsored by Pneumo ADIP
Coordinator of the Rotavirus Surveillance project among Sri Lankan children” project sponsored by International Vaccine Institute(IVI).
Coordinator of the Hib surveillance project in Sri Lanka sponsored by the HIB initiative
External Consultancy:
Consultant for the WHO project of “ multi-disease surveillance project" in tsunami affected areas” in Sri Lanka

Temporary advisor for the WHO SEAR for the workshop on planning for the deployment of Pandemic influenza vaccine WHO SEARO , New Delhi India, 14-18 September 2009

A member of the Epidemiology unit which conducted the “Health Review “for the North Western Province for the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Bank.

Other collaborations :

A member of the team of the Anti Leprosy Campaign which was involved in leprosy elimination activities in Sri Lanka in collaboration with Norvartis International

Reviewing submissions for Journals
Peer reviewer for the “Journal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicines and Hygiene”, United Kingdom

Memberships
A member of the National Influenza Technical Evaluation Committee (Sri Lanka)
A member of the National Advisory Committee for Leprosy Elimination ( Sri Lanka)
A member of the inter sectoral thematic group on vulnerability and adaptation for preparing the second national communication on climate change. (Represented the health sector)

Participation in international workshops/symposia

Expert forum on "influenza : Global update and local challenges" organized by the Influenza Foundation of India at the Taj hotel , New Delhi, India, on 7th October 2009
The regional workshop on planning for the deployment of Pandemic influenza vaccine organised by the WHO SEARO , New Delhi, India, 14-18 September 2009
South East Asia Regional training course on pharmaco vigilance, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 September – 02 October, 2009 organized by the WHO SEARO
Bi regional meeting on JE control and prevention , Bangkok,Thailand on June 8-9 in Bangkok organized by the WHO SEARO.
WHO/PneumoADIP/HIB initiative surveilance investigators meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-6 March 2009.
8th international advanced course on vaccinology in Asia-Pacific regions held at IVI, Seoul, Korea 5-10 May 2008.
2nd meeting of National Influenza Centres in the Western Pacific and South East Asian Regions held in Tokyo, Japan, 21-24 April 2008.
1st International symposium on Pneumococcal vaccination in Asia Pacific held in Seoul, South Korea, 12-13 December, 2007
6th Asian Rotavirus Surveillance network (ARSN) workshop held in Thailand ,3-4 December ,2007
South Asian Pneumococcal Network Alliance (SAPNA) annual Investigator’s meeting in Mahabalipuram, India, 21-22 September, 2007

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Batmunkh Nyambat, Sengee Gantuya, Ranjith Batuwanthudawe, Pushpa R. Wijesinghe, Nihal Abeysinghe,Geethani Galagoda, Carl Kirkwood, Nada Bogdanovic-Sakran, Jung Oak Kang, and Paul E. Kilgore. Epidemiology of rotavirus diarrhoea in Mongolia and Sri Lanka, March 2005-February 2007.Journal of Infectious Diseases.2009:200( suppl.1)

Wijesinghe PR, Norris P. Increased advertising of medicines on New Zealand television since 2001. New Zealand Medical journal. Volume 121, No .1271, 04, April, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR, Settinaykae S. An analysis of the pattern of detection of leprosy patients by institutions in the General Health Services in Sri Lanka after the integration of leprosy services into General Health Services – Leprosy review, volume 76, No.4, December, 2005.

Wijesinghe PR, Jayakody RL. Seneviratne R De A. An assessment of the compliance with Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) by private pharmacies in a selected urban and rural district in Sri Lanka. Pharmaco-epidemiology and .Drug Safety. 2007; 16:197-206

Wijesinghe PR. Obesity: A wake up call for developing countries too. British Medical Journal 2006; 333:809 (14 October),


Wijesinghe PR, Wijesinghe TS. Evaluation of rubella immunization programme in Polonnaruwa District- Journal of the Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, Volume 5, 2000

Wijesinghe PR, Banduthilake C, Wijesinghe TS. Rapid assessment of the quality of services in rubella immunization provided through the Primary health care Network in Polonnaruwa District - Journal of the Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, Vol. 6, 2001

Siyambalagoda, R. R. M. L. R., Perera, P. A. J., Wickremasinghe, A. R., Sumanaweera, N. P., Wijesinghe, T. S., Soyza, D. N. N. de, Maniwannan, S., Wickramasinghe, W. K., Wijesinghe, P. R. Hemoglobin levels among pregnant women in the Polonnaruwa district-The Ceylon Journal of Medical Science, vol. 46, 2003

Wijesinghe PR, Jayakody RL. Seneviratne R De A. Development and validation of a scale measuring perceived access to medical care. Journal of the Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, Vol. 10, 2005.

Research submitted for consideration for publication
Integration of leprosy services into the GHS in Sri Lanka: Overcoming challenges in a remote district. Leprosy Review (Accepted for publication)

Self medication and it’s predictors in a selected urban and rural district in Sri Lanka. Pharmaco-epidemiology and drug safety.

Other activities:
Co- editor of the manual “Zoonotic Diseases “prepared by the Bio-diversity department of the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka

Contributor to the manual “Guide to prevention of teen suicides” published by the Ministry of Health of the North Central Province, Sri Lanka -1998
Translation of the manual “ Fact sheet on infant feeding “ to Sinhalese language for Primary Health Care workers published by the Ministry of Health of the North Central Province , Sri Lanka- 1998
Editor of the Newsletter “From segregation to Integration” published quarterly by the Anti Leprosy Campaign

Scientific contributor to the “Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin “of the Epidemiology Unit.

Contributor to the action plan for integration of Leprosy services into the General Health services in Sri Lanka prepared by the Anti leprosy Campaign and Norvartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Switzerland.

Visiting lecturer to the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo for courses leading to masters and doctorates

Advisor for the course module of Pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmacovigillance for the postgraduate course, MSc community medicine at the PGIM

Visiting lecturer to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura universities for undergraduate courses in medicine and nursing

Dissertations supervised

Preparedness of nursing officers of sentinel hospitals in the western province in response to a possible influenza pandemic ; Dissertation submitted as a partial requirement for the degree of MSc ( community Medicine ) to the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine – 2008

Presentations/abstracts


Wijesinghe PR. Transition from mouse brain derived vaccine to live JE SA 14-14-2 vaccine in Sri Lanka. Presentation made at the Bi regional meeting on JE control and prevention on June 8-9 in Bangkok, Thailand organized by the WHO SEARO.

Abeysinghe MRN, Wijesinghe PR. Landscape of new vaccines for JE: Country level strategies for introduction. Presentation made at the 13th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19-22 June, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR, Batuwanthudawe R, Galagoda G, Abeysinghe MRN, Niyambat B, Kirkwood CD, Kilgore PE. Surveillance of rotavirus diarrhea: A new frontier for the mature EPI in Sri Lanka. Presentation made at the 8th international Rotavirus symposium in Istanbul, Turkey on 3-4 June, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR, Wickramasinghe G. Influenza surveillance in Sri Lanka. Presentation made at the 2nd meeting of National Influenza Centres in the Western Pacific regions and South East Asian region, Tokyo, Japan on 21-24 April, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR, Karunaratne K, Abeysinghe MRN, Batuwanthudawe R, Guruge K, Steinhoff M, Thomas K, Kesawan L. Surveillance of pneumococcal invasive disease in Sri Lanka under the South Asian Pneumococcal Network alliance. Presentation made at the 6th international symposium on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases in Reykjavik, Iceland on 8-12 June, 2008

Kulkarni P, Thomas K, Steinhoff M, Laitha K, Balaji V, Rijal B, Sharma P, Nhuchche T, Gami F, Singh A, Thorson S, Murdoch D, Pollard A, Adhikari N, Lewis J, Karunaratne K, Abeysinghe N, Wijesinghe PR, Batuwanthudawe R. Epidemiology of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in Nepal, Sri Lanka and India: An update on 3 years of SAPNA surveillance (Nov 2004- Dec 2007). Presentation made at the 6th international symposium on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases in Reykjavik, Iceland on 8-12 June, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR, Mazaitzewa T. A case study on “Porphyria” in the 48th annual academic sessions at the Rostov Medical University, Russia in 1992

Wijesinghe PR, Jayakody RL, Seneviratne R De A. Self medication practice and predictors in a selected urban and rural district in Sri Lanka. At the 25th Anniversary Academic sessions of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine of the Colombo University.

Wijesinghe PR, Jayakody RL, Seneviratne R De A. Validation of a scale measuring access to medical care in an urban and rural area. At the 10th annual scientific session of the College of Community Physicians held on 29th October 2005.

Abeysinghe MRN, Palihawadane P, Wijesinghe PR, Thissera H. National Avian Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan
Presentation made at the 1st meeting of National Influenza Centres in the Western Pacific regions and South East Asian region, Melbourne,Australia on 1-4 May 2007.

Wijesinghe PR, Abyesinghe MRN.Introduction of New vaccines to the National Immunization Program:Link between Epidemiology & Microbiology.Guest speaker in the symposium "Stage is set for a strong link between microbiology and epidemiology : a few stories of success at the annual scientific sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists, 2008.

Wijesinghe PR. Chronic Renal Disease in Sri Lanka. Is population screning a feasible option? Guest speaker at the nephrology symposium at the annual scientific sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, held in Colombo,Sri Lanka on 18-22 March 2009.

Wijesinghe PR. Adaptation to the threats of climate change: health care and disease. Guest speaker at the workshop ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka: Drafting a Strategic Plan to Coordinate National Action' at Hotel Amaya Lake, Dambulla Organized by Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources and Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO 0n 19-21 August 2009.

Wijesinghe PR. “H1N1 pandemic influenza. Is epidemiology distinct from seasonal influenza” guest speaker in the symposium of Pandemic Influenza at the annual scientific sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists on 10th and 11th September 2009.

Piyasiri D.L.B., Chandrasiri P., Wijesinghe P.R.Bacterial pathogens associated with conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers with special reference to Streptococcus pneumoniae. presentation made at the free paper session at the annual scientific sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists on 10th and 11th September 2009.

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