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Overview of Ceylon College of Physicians

The Ceylon College of Physicians is a Non Profit Oriented academic body established for the purpose of enhancing the knowledge of Medicine, promoting postgraduate education in Medicine and ensuring that the highest quality of medical care is delivered to the patients by educating future physicians of the country. At present the CCP consists of more than Seven Hundred members who have come together to encourage continuing professional development (CPD), high degree of standards in clinical practice, and lobbying for good governance. We are leaders in the field of CPD and have a biannual journal and a newsletter for our membership. CCP is currently recognized an International Centre for MRCP (UK) Part 1, Part 2 and PACES Examinations.

History of Ceylon College of Physicians

The beginning

The Ceylon College of Physicians came into being after an informal meeting of eleven Physicians on the 25th of July 1967 in the Consultants’ Lounge of the General Hospital Colombo (now the National Hospital of Sri Lanka) and has since then remained true to the inspired vision of its founders: to promote the dissemination of up-to-date medical knowledge, promote research and thereby foster postgraduate education in medicine. The 1967 get-together included Professor K. Rajasuriya, Dr O.R Medonza, Dr E. Mirando, Dr W.D.L Fernando, Dr W. Wijenaike and Dr N.D.W. Lionel. The Inaugural Meeting of the College, held on the 26th of September 1967 at the Clinical Lecture theatre of the General Hospital, Colombo, considered and adopted the draft constitution presented by the Chairman. All those present at that meeting, as well as those applying for membership within a month, qualified to be founder members of the College.

Dr E.M. Wijerama delivered the first foundation lecture on 19th of February 1968, his subject being “Physicians, ancient and modern”. The lecture was followed by dinner at the Hotel Samudra, where covers were laid for 119 members & guests. The cost of the dinner was an unbelievable Rs.l5/-per person. In keeping with the objectives of the College the Council decided to organize scientific meetings, they being restricted topresentation of original research papers by members, and to lectures by visiting professors.

The scientific papers presented that year were by

  • Dr K. Dharmadasa – The ECG in healthy young Ceylonese
  • Dr I. S. M. Fernando – The role of the physician in road safety
  • Dr D. R. Laurence – Topics in cardiovascular pharmacology

Dr E.M. Wijerama

The Inaugural Council (1967/1968) of the Ceylon College of Physicians

The Logo of the Ceylon College of Physicians

Dr E.M. Wijerama held the office of President of the College for three consecutive years. The official College Emblem, approved during his tenure of office, consisted of a circle of petals of the Nelum flower enclosing the medicinal pot in which are displayed the traditional oil lamp (representing spread of knowledge) and of course, the healer’s snake-and-staff, the international symbols of the profession. The name of the College appears above the pot, while the motto in Sanskrit, “Arogyam Shanthi Sukham”- meaning Cure Relief and Comfort appears below it. The emblem was designed by Prof. N. Kodagoda. The College colours – maroon, black and silver – are displayed on the Banner of the College designed by Dr Lakshman Ranasinghe. The College was incorporated by statute in its very first year of existence, the Bill being presented to Parliament by Dr Lenora and ratified by the Senate in 1971, thus making history by becoming the first College in the country to be so incorporated. Dr Satkurunathan, elected the first Treasurer of the College, worked indefatigably to obtain “approved charity” status and establish a Board of Trustees. A College Trust was set up to finance approved research projects. The promotion of research has remained an important function of the College. Several grants have been made for approved research projects. The College awards prizes for outstanding papers presented at its annual Scientific Sessions and at the Young Physicians’ Forum.

Past Presidents of the Ceylon College of Physicians

Over the course of the  history of the college spanning half a century, our esteemed past presidents paved the way for it's  continued growth through their vision and dedication

Dr E M Wijerama
(1967-1970)
Prof K Rajasuriya
(1970-1971)
Dr E H Mirando
(1971-1974)
Dr W D Ratnavale
(1975-1976)
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The Council 2020

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Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama

President

Prof. Senaka Rajapakse

President Elect

Prof.Chandanie Wanigatunge

Immediate Past President

Dr. Inuka Kishara Gooneratne

Honorary Joint Secretary

Dr Nilanka Perera

Honorary Joint Secretary

Dr. Suranga Manilgama

Treasurer

Dr. Lakshman Ranasinghe

Representative--Board Trustees

Dr. Naomali L Amarasena

Past President Representative

Dr. S.D. Jayaratne

Past President Representative

Dr. Panduka Karunanayake

Past President Representative

Dr. Upul Dissanayake

Fellow Represantative

Dr Wimalasiri Hewa Uluwattage

Fellow Representative

Dr. Sanjeewa Wijekoon

Fellow Representative

Dr. A.A. Ahamed Riyaaz

Council Member

Dr. Amitha Fernando

Council Member

Dr. Chamila Mettananda

Council Member

Dr. Chinthana Galahitiyawa

council Member

Dr. Indika Boteju

council Member

Dr. Kusala Gunasekara

Council Member

Dr. Lasantha Ganewatta

Council Member

Dr. P. Sutharsan

Council Member

Dr. Priyankara Jayawardana

Council Member

Dr. S.M.S.Shamitha Dassanayake

Council Member

Dr. Thushara Matthias

Council Member

Dr. Chandimani Undugodage

Council Member

Dr. Dilshan Priyankara

Junior Member

Dr. Shehan Silva

Juniour Member

Dr. Yapa Udaya Kumara

Outstation Representative

Dr.Kusala Gunasekera

Outstation Representative

Dr. Dumitha S. Govindapala

Ex-Official

Dr. Namal Wijesinghe

Co-Editor

Prof. Kamani Wanigasuriya

Co Editor

Board of Trustees

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Dr. J B Peiris
Dr. Lakshman Ranasinghe
Dr. Nanda Amarasena
Dr. Henry Rajararnam
Prof Rezvi Sheriff

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff works tirelessly, ensuring that the college continues to function seamlessly.

Ms. Manel Hidallearachchi
Administrative Officer
Mr. K.H.M Kumara Frenando
Management Assistant
Mrs. N M Arachchi
Management Assistant
Mr. Sarath Hettiarachchi
Office Assistant

Standing Committees

Standing Committee on Education, training and research

The current members are:

  • Dr Panduka Karunanayake (chairperson)
  • Dr Shehan Silva
  • Dr Nilanka Perera
  • Dr Amitha Fernando
  • Dr Ganaka Senaratne
  • Dr Priyamali Jayasekara
  • Dr Maduwanthi Hettiarachchi
  • Dr R A N K Wijesinghe
  • Dr Suranga Manilgama
  • Prof Chandanie Wanigatunge
  • Dr Chamil Marasinghe
  • Dr Indika Boteju
  • Dr Thushara Matthias
  • Dr Dumitha Govindalapa
  • Dr Yamuna Senadeera
  • Dr N Suganthan

Standing Committee on Standards of Care, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee

The current members are:

  • Prof Senaka Rajapakse (Chairperson)
  • Dr Amitha Fernando
  • Dr Wimalasiri Uluwattage
  • Dr Suranga Manilgama
  • Dr Maduwanthi Hettiarachchi
  • Dr Ganaka Senaratne
  • Dr Thushara Matthias
  • Dr Yamuna Senadeera
  • Dr Chamil Marasinghe
  • Dr Indika Boteju
  • Dr Shehan Silva
  • Dr Nilanka Perera
  • Dr R A N K Wijesinghe

Standing Committee for Advocacy

The current members are:

  • Dr Ananda Wijewickrama (Chairperson)
  • Dr Lasantha Ganewatta
  • Dr Upul Dissanayake
  • Dr Indika Boteju
  • Dr Thushara Matthias
  • Dr R A N K Wijesinghe
  • Dr Priyankara Jayawardena
  • Dr Suganthan
  • Dr Ganaka Senaratne
  • Dr Yamuna Senadheera

Standing Committee for Membership development and member services

The current members are:

  • Dr P Kumarasinghe (Chairperson)
  • Dr M P Seneviratne
  • Dr Upul Dissanayake
  • Dr R A N K Wijesinghe
  • Dr Lasantha Ganewatta
  • Dr Priyankara Jayawardena