Committee Member Profiles

Profiles of the Current PeMSAA-UK Executive Committee Members


Prof Ashan GunarathnePresident (2023-26)
Dr Ashan Gunarathne (MBBS, MRCP, MD)
Dr. Gayathri WathugeSecretary
Dr. Gayathri Wathuge MBBS, Dip Path, MD, FRCPath
1993 Batch
Prof Hewa VitaranaTreasurer
Dr Hewa Vitarana MBBS MRCGP
1979 Batch

Dr Gunarathne is a Consultant Cardiologist in Coronary & Structural Interventions at University Hospital Nottingham NHS Trust. He is the service lead for Left Atrial Appendage Program Occlusion (LAAO) program and Co-operator for the percutaneous Mitral Valve Intervention service at University hospital Nottingham NHS trust.

He is affiliated to University of Nottingham as an honorary assistant Professor and Cardiology Lead for the medical student undergraduate teaching program. He completed two years of academic research leading to many first author publications and book chapters & was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Birmingham.

Internship in Paediatrics and Obs & Gynae – Prof Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya 2001-2002. Gayathri did the Postgraduate training in Histopathology –Faculty of Medicine and Prof Unit, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya 2003-2010. Currently a consultant in Cellular Pathology and the Lead Pathologist for cervical screening programme and clinical director of Pathology - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, High Wycombe.

She is also an examiner at Royal College of Pathologists, an Educational Supervisor for Cellular Pathology PG trainees in Oxford Deanery, the Educational supervisor for Sri Lankan PG trainees on MTI scheme and a member of College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka.

Hewa is a General Practitioner at Moxley Medical Centre West Midlands, England, United Kingdom.
Dr Kanthi JayawardanaAsst. Secretary
Dr Kanthi Jayawardana MBBS, MD, DCH MRCP, FRCPCH
1973 Batch
Dr Padma SamarawickramaAsst. Treasurer
Dr Padma Samarawickrama MBBS MRCP (UK)
1963 Batch
Dr Krish RadhakrishnanAcademic Secretary
Dr Krish Radhakrishnan (MBBS, LRCP, MRCS, DLO, FRCGP)

Kanthi was a Senior lecturer in Paediatrics in the Professorial Unit North Colombo Medical Faculty. Was former Sectary College of Paediatrics in Sri Lanka.

She is currently Consultant Community Paediatrician- North East London Foundation Trust

After holding house officer posts in the Department of Health, she became a Lecturer in Anatomy in the Faculty from 1969 to 1970 when she left for the UK for postgraduate training. She returned to Sri Lanka in 1975 and re-joined the Faculty as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology which position, she vacated in 1983 to return to the UK. From 1985 to 2011, she was a General Medical Practitioner in Purley, Surrey.

She was the President of the Sri Lanka Medical and Dental Association from 1999 responsible for organising regular clinical meetings in Surrey, helping to raise the profile of the SLMDA – 2000. She was as well bring in much needed funds for its many activities at the time.

After retirement, she has been spending her time travelling, reading, writing, gardening and keeping fit. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Dr Radhakrishnan was the past President of PeMSAA-UK June 2017 - September 2021 and Vice President of Medical Students Association in 1979.

Dr Radhakrishnan was a GP Partner, Trainer and Associate Postgraduate Dean and Cambridgeshire Patch Director followed by Essex Patch Director at Health Education East of England (HEEoE) from 2006 – until mid 2019. He was the Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Conference of Educational Advisors (UKCEA) and an External Advisor to RCGP on Quality Management of national GP training assessments.

He is a Visiting Honorary Fellow of University of Peradeniya and also one of the overseas members of the Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine (SLJM) Editorial Board. Krish was the founding President of the new PeMSAA-UK

Dr. Mike IsweranWebmaster/Editor
Dr. Mike Isweran MBBS, DCH, DPM, MRCPsych
1966 Batch
Dr Lalith JayasekeraSocial Secretary
Dr Lalith Jayasekera MBBS, FCARCSI
1978 Batch
Professor DYD SamarawickramaEditor/Dental Representative
Professor DYD Samarawickrama BDS, PhD, FDSRCS, FHEA FCGDP, FODC

Mike was the Editor of the Medical Students Association.

He was a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and has worked in many forensic settings including

Broadmoor Hospital. Currently working as a member of Parole Board and Tribunal Service, Mental Health.

Known as “Lal” in the faculty and was the final year batch representative

Currently working as Consultant in critical care and chronic pain in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital.

Prof. DYD Samarawickrama graduated from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya 1968. He was a Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Dental Materials Science at the Dental Faculty, Peradeniya, from 1975 to 1983. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London where he has spent more than 40 years of his career.

He is the President of the Commonwealth Dental Association. He has worked for organisations such as the WHO, the Pan American Health Organisation and advised several Commonwealth governments on dental education and oral health strategies. He has been an examiner for many universities in the UK and overseas. He lectures widely in his own imitable style.

His many accolades include the Award for the Best Dental Teacher (UK and Ireland, 2008), the Geoffrey Slack Medal for Outstanding Service to Dental Education (Queen Mary, 2012) and the Honorary Life Membership of the British Dental Association (2018) in recognition of his exceptional contribution to dentistry nationally and internationally.

He is passionate about education because it is the best gift one can give as it can change lives.



Committee Members

Dr Uditha JayatungaDr Uditha Jayatunga

1978 Batch. President Medical Student Association in 1981

Mr A M S AbeysekaraMr A M S Abeysekara FRCSEd, FRCS, MSc
1976 Batch

Uditha is currently Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital. Member of the NHS England-Clinical Reference Group, Rehabilitation Medicine, 2013-2016. Written 10 booklets for Sri Lankan patients- 'Your Essential Guide Series'- 2005. Co-ordinator - 'Lanka Hospital Needs'- Association of Professional Sri Lankans (APSL-UK) 2006-2011.

Committee member Sri Lanka Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA -UK)- on 'Sharing professional expertise programme'- 2008-2014.

Student Council Member of Medical, Dental & Veterinary Union – 1978-1980
Abey was a Registrar training rotation in the South East London Deanery and was appointed as Locum Consultant General and Breast Surgeon, King George Hospital, BHR University Hospitals NHS Trust, Romford, Essex, UK. Currently Consultant Emergency and Breast Surgeon, North Middlesex University Hospital, UK

Dr Yasasthrie AthapattuDr Yasasthrie Athapattu MRCGP DCH DPD(Cardiff) DFSRH
Batch 94

Dr Pradeep SundaralingamDr Pradeep Sundaralingam MBBS, MRCS, FRCEM.
94 Batch

General Practitioner in Croydon, UK Dr Pradeep Sundaralingam is an Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma consultant at Royal Stoke University hospital.
Dr Shanka BeneragamaDr Shanka Beneragama Dr S Gowrie-Mohan Dr S Gowrie-Mohan
Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust and University College London Hospital NHS Trust Honorary Clinical Lecturer-University College London Batch- 94/95. Experienced Anesthetist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Management, Clinical Research, Hospitals, Medicine, and Healthcare. Strong consulting professional graduated from University of Peradeniya. Special interest in anaesthesia for robotic urological procedures.
Dr. Ranjan GunasekeraDr Ranjan Gunasekera MBBS(Ceylon) MSc(London) Ph.D.(Japan)
1972 Batch
Dr Aruni Molagoda Dr Aruni Molagoda
Graduated in 1976 and joined Nuclear Medicine of the Faculty in 1979 for 5 years. Completed higher studies in the UK and in Japan.
Now semi-retired as Consultant in Radiology/Nuclear Medicine at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Essex.

1982 Batch. (Co-opted - Medical Students attachment) Was treasurer of parent PeMSAA in 1992.

Aruni is a Psychiatrist by profession serving at CNWL Mental Health Foundation Trust London Area, United Kingdom.



Dr. Lionel SamarasingheDr. Lionel Samarasinghe MBBS MRCOG (1976)
1962 Batch
Prof Mike Sedgwick Prof Mike Sedgwick BSc, MB ChB, MD, FRCP
Graduated Bristol 1962
Prof Ramasamyiyer SwaminathanProf Ramasamyiyer Swaminathan MSc PhD, FRCPath
1962 Batch
Was a Senior Registrar (GU Medicine) St. Giles and Kings Health District 1980-1988. Temporary Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Middlesex Hospital 1979-1980. General Practitioner from 1981 at Wood Green London N22 until retirement in 2013. Mike was formerly Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Southampton. He is currently Honorary Professor of Physiology, University of Peradeniya. Part lime work in UK as consultant in Clinical Ncuro-physiology.

Swami was Professor of Chemical Pathology, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Retired Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, King's College, London, Hon. Consultant Chemical Pathologist Guy's St. Thomas' NHS Trust, UK.




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