Dr. Bandula Wijesiriwardena
Dr. Bandula Wijesiriwardena has had a distinguished career as a consultant physician in internal medicine in the government and private sectors. In his illustrious career of 33 years in the government service (29 of which was as a consultant), he has served many parts of Sri Lanka, balancing his obligations as a consultant physician – both in the state and private sector – with an active academic career.
He has served as the Chief Examiner for MD (Medicine) at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM). He has contributed to the development of the country’s medical sector through his Presidency of the Ceylon College of Physicians in 2005. Through the College, Dr. Wijesiriwardena pioneered the introduction of Clinical Practice Guidelines, which were subsequently used islandwide with the approval of the Ministry of Health. He has taught and mentored numerous undergraduates from the Faculties of Medicine Kelaniya, Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo and trained postgraduates from the PGIM, Colombo, thereby nurturing the next generation of Sri Lankan medical professionals. He has many publications in both national and international peer reviewed journals. Dr. Wijesiriwardena received a Presidential Award in the year 2000 for his clinical research.
After retirement from government service, Dr. Wijesiriwardena served in the private sector and is currently engaged as a consultant physician. He was a member of the Board of Directors at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC from February 2012 to February 2015. In recognition of his contribution to the field of medicine, Dr. Wijesiriwardena was awarded honorary fellowships by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wijesiriwardena was awarded the National Title Vidya Jyothi in 2019 for his pioneering work in introducing Clinical Practice guidelines.