Dr. Wimal Karandagoda

Dr. Wimal Karandagoda is a Senior Medical Administrator who has made a landmark contribution to bring in Quality culture to Sri Lanka’s healthcare sector. He has more than 30 years of experience as a Medical Officer and a Senior Medical Administrator in the Ministry of Health and presently works as the Director Medical Services of Lanka Hospitals Corporation.

Dr. Karandagoda obtained his MBBS from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya in 1981 & Masters of Medical Administration from the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine; University of Colombo in 1996.

He is also a scholar of the Health Services Management Centre of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where he obtained his basic training in health planning and management in 1990. Furthermore, he has been trained in Manila, the Philippines and Malaysia as a Productivity Specialist organized by the Asian Productivity Organization. He has served as a member of National Salaries & Cadre Commission from 2016 to 2018.

His wealth of experience in health administration paved the way to introduce and implement an innovative approach in Health Management: “Quality Healthcare through Productivity.” This concept is now practiced in both private and government health sector in Sri Lanka and in many countries in the developing world to care for people with dignity and compassion.

Dr. Karandagoda was a key resource person for JICA to train healthcare staff in Sri Lanka and abroad. He is a trainer of Quality Management in some of the Medical Schools of the Universities of Sri Lanka, National Productivity Secretariat and the Directorate of Healthcare Quality & Safety of the Ministry of Health. He has shared his knowledge and experience as a short- term consultant in Health Care Management for World Health Organization, World Bank, APO & JICA.