Dr. Geethani Galagoda
Dr. Geethani Galagoda joined Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) as the Head of Laboratories in August 2016, where she also heads the Serology section of the Department of Microbiology at LHD. She completed her MD in Medical Microbiology in the year 2000 and her post-graduate training at the prestigious Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA. Dr. Galagoda was a consultant virologist at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) where she had worked as a medical officer. While working there, she went on to head the Measles and Rubella National Laboratory, Rotavirus National Laboratory, Japanese Encephalitis National Laboratory and the Hepatitis Laboratory.
In the academic sphere, Dr. Galagoda has several publications and scientific presentations under her name and she provides consultative services to the Ministry of Health. She has contributed to post graduate medical teaching in Sri Lanka as an undergraduate and postgraduate teacher and examiner in the fields of Microbiology, Virology, Pathology, Venereology and Transfusion Medicine.
She was also the Secretary of the Research Committee and the Ethics Review Committee of the MRI for 5 years. She has been an active member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists and she is also a founder member of the Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka. She also presently holds the position of President Elect of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Forum of Sri Lanka.
She was an editor of the SLMA Guidelines and Information on Vaccines, in 2017 and the Chief Editor of the Biosafety for Medical Laboratories published by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists.
She has promoted the laboratory staff to achieve academic excellence, with conduction and presentation of research and participation in scientific sessions, both local and foreign. LHD has successfully faced 2 successful accreditation visits by the CAP, in 2017 and 2019 under her guidance.