Prof. Shyam Fernando
M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (Lond), FRCP (Lond)

  • Consultant Physician
  • Professor in Clinical Medicine

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: Tel: +94112695300 (Ext 318/320)

           Fax: +94112689188

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • MBBS (Col) 1982 University of Colombo
  • MD (Col) 1988 University of Colombo
  • MRCP (UK) 1993 RCP, UK
  • PhD (Lond) 1993 University of London
  • FRCP (Lond) 1998 RCP of London, UK
  • APPOINTMENTS
  • Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Honorary Consultant Physician, University Medical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 AWARD

  • Dhunjishaw Dadabhoy Gold Medal for Medicine
  • Mathew Gold Medal for Forensic Medicine
  • Chalmers Gold Medal for Anatomy
  • Mylopulle Silver Medal for Pharmacology
  • Dr. D de Silva Mutucumarana Prize for Medicine
  • Bibile Memorial Prize for Pharmacology
  • Second MB Scholarship for the best candidate 1978
  • Third MB Scholarship for the best candidate 1981
  • The Outstanding Young Person Award – TOYP (1998) Junior Chamber (JAYCES) of Sri Lanka        
  • SE Seneviratne Award – Awarded by the Sri Lanka Medical Association for the paper ‘Infusion of adenosine prevents oxygen induced carbon dioxide retention in patients with COPD’ (Griffith, Fernando, Saunders) presented at the 109th  Anniversary Academic Sessions, March 1996, Colombo
  • Prize for the best poster for the poster titled ‘Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in a cohort of Sri Lankan patients who have had multiple transfusions’ (S. Fernando, S.S.D Fernando, R. Mallikahewa, Rezni Cassim, M.H.R. Sheriff, U.T Vitarana Academic sessions 2000, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists  Second prize for oral presentation titled ‘Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in a cohort of patients with chronic renal disease in Sri Lanka’ (S. Fernando, S.S.D Fernando, Niluka Welathanthri, I. Athukorale, S.Mathu, M.H.R. Sheriff, U.T Vitharana) Annual Academic sessions, 2000 Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
  • G R Handy Award for the best publication in cardiology for the year 2002 awarded for the book ‘Mind Your Heart’ by the Sri Lanka Medical Association

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:  

Undergraduate                    

  • Teaching (lectures, seminars, problem based learning, bed side clinical teaching and small group discussions) and student evaluation of the following streams and the modules: final year professorial clinical appointment of the clinical stream, introductory clinical stream, behavioural sciences stream, community stream, respiratory module, cardiovascular module, neurology module, endocrine and metabolism module and the gastro intestinal module
  • External examiner for the final MBBS medicine at Universities of Galle, Peradeniya, Kelaniya and Sri Jayawardenapura
  • Design and administration of the curriculum as the chairperson of the respiratory module and a committee member of other several streams

Postgraduate teaching and evaluation

  • Post graduate trainer for the trainees in MD Medicine, MD Hematology, MD Dermatology, Dip Family Medicine, MSc Community Medicine assigned to the University Medical Unit, NHSL
  • Participated in the post graduate courses for MD Part I and MD Part II conducted by the Ceylon Collage of Physicians
  • Examiner for Dip Family Medicine – MCQ and Clinical
  • Examiner for MD Part II - theory and viva examinations
  • Examiner for MD thesis
  • Examiner for PhD thesis

MEMBERSHIPS (Professional Societies)

  • Sri Lanka Medical Association
  • Ceylon Collage of Physicians
  • Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka
  • British Thoracic Society

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Significant contributions
  • Establishments of the Audio-Visual Unit for the Faculty of Medicine and catalyzing production of instructional videos for the undergraduate teaching
  • Founding of the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) and promoting development of IT among health professionals

GUEST LECTURES

  1. Inhaled drugs in asthma. The College Lecture. Ceylon college of Physicians. Colombo. April 1994
  2. The breathless patient. Joint Clinical Meeting between the Awissawella Clinical society and Sri Lankan Medical Association; Awissawella. August 1996
  3. Pulmonary Vascular Disease. The Recent Advances in Medical series. Ceylon College of Physicians Colombo January 1996
  4. Respiratory disorders in sleep: Joint Clinical Meeting of the SLMA with the Kalutara Clinical Society; October 1996, Kalutara
  5. Respiratory failure: Joint meeting between Ceylon College of Physicians and College of Anesthesiologists; July 1996,Colombo
  6. Breathlessness; when the cause is elusive. Joint Clinical Meeting with Chilaw Clinical Society; June 1996, Chilaw
  7. Internet for the medical teacher. Internet Workshop organized by the British Council. Colombo. August 1997
  8. The World wide Web-What’s in it for doctors: A Multimedia presentation. Workshop on Internet organized by the Lanka Education, Academic and Research Net, July 97, Sri Jayewardenepura University, Nugegoda
  9. A cyber tour of the medical world: an on-line presentation, Sri Lanka Medical Association. March 1997, Colombo
  10. What’s new in Medicine: Foundation Sessions of the SLMA, Nov 1997, Colombo
  11. Computers: what can doctors do with them. Regional Clinical Meeting between the Kurunegala Clinical Society and Sri Lanka Medical Association. Kurunegala. June 1998
  12. Continuing Medical Education in the Information Technology Era. Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Kandy. August 1998
  13. Internet and the WWW: Dentists world on the Web Workshop on use of Computers and the Internet. Sri Lanka Dental Association. Koggala. April 1998
  14. What does the internet offer doctors? Galle Medical Association; Galle. December 1998
  15. Sleep disordered breathing. Symposium on Respiratory Disease. Sri Lanka Medical association. 111 Anniversary sessions; Colombo. March 1998
  16. Symposium on Respiratory Failure: Pathophysiology. Joint Symposium between College of Physicians and College of Anaesthologists; Colombo. August 1998
  17. Computers and Renal Medicine. Third Congress on Nephrology, Urology Transplantation Society of the SAARC Countries, February 1999, Colombo
  18. Anti-Leukotrienes in the treatment of Asthma. The Hut Hospital Clinical Society, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. July 1999
  19. Audio and Video for teaching and Learning. International Conference on Curriculum Change in Medical Schools, Colombo July 2002

ORATIONS / KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Orations

  • Sir Marcus Fernando Memorial Oration for the year 1997
  • Title: ‘External High Frequency Oscillation: a new mode of ventilator assistance’ (Delivered at the Sri Lanka Medical Association Foundation Sessions, Nov 1997)

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  1. Fernando, Shyam. ‘Mind Your Heart’ – a guide to heart friendly healthy life style’ (2002). Sarvodaya Vishva Lekha Publishers, Colombo. ISBN 995-599-87-7

Chapters in the books

  1. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. Single breath tests of the ventilatory response to carbon dioxide: Experimental and Modeling results. Control of Breathing and its Modelling Perspective. Eds.Y.Honda, Y Miyamoto, J Widdicombe.1992. Plenum Press. New York
  2. Fernando, S. Section 517 on Broncial Asthma – Frequently Asked Questions (pp 195-199) Your Child, Your Family – A Guide to Good Family Health. Eds. H.A Aponso, D.G.H. de Siva, D.J. Aloysius 1991, Aponso, de Silva, Aloysius, Colombo.
  3. Fernando, S. What your patient should know about Asthma. Guidelines on the Management of Asthma Ed.Colvin Goonaratne. (2000). Sri  Lanka Medical Association, Colombo
  4. Fernando, S. Therapeutic Notes. Guidelines on the Management of Asthma Ed Colvin Goonaratne. (2000). Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo
  5. Fernando, S. Inhaled Drug Delivery Devices. Guidelines on the Management  of Asthma Ed. Colvin Goonaratne. (2000). Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS        

Published papers in refereed journals

  1. Hettiarachchi  J, Fernando SSD. Melorheostosis of Leri – a case report. Ceylon Medical Journal. 1986; 31:pp35-38
  2. Ariyanada PL, Fernando SSD. Turtle flesh poisoning. Ceylon Medical Journal 1987; 32: pp 213-215
  3. Chandrasiri N, Ariyananda PL, Fernando SSD. Autopsy findings in Turtle flesh poisoning. Medicine, Science & Law 1988; 28 (2): pp 142-4
  4. Hettiarachchi J, Fernando SSD. Pulmonary fibrosis following Paraquat poisoning. Ceylon Medical Journal 1988; 33:pp 141-142
  5. Webb AR, Fernando SSD, Dalton HR, Arrowsmith JE, Woodhead MA, Cummin ARC. Local Anaesthesia for fibreoptic bronchoscopy : transcricoid injection or the “spray as you go” technique. Thorax1990; 45 : pp 474-477
  6. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. Effects of deep breaths on subsequent ventilation in man at rest and during exercise. J Physiol 1994;481.2:pp 479-486
  7. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. Isocapnic and small hypercapnic single breath stimuli: evidence for an inhibitory inflation reflex in conscious man. Eur Respir J  1994; 7: pp 869-874
  8. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. Ventilatory sensitivity to single breaths of carbon dioxide around the control point in man. Respiration Physiology 1995 ;99:pp 205-214
  9. Saunders KB, Fernando SSD, Dalton HR, Joseph A. Spontaneous improvement in a patient with the hepatopulmonary syndrome assessed by serial exercise tests. Thorax 1994; 49: pp 725-727
  10. Petros AJ, Fernando SSD, Shenoy VS, Al-Saady NM. The Hayek Oscillator; normograms for tidal volume and minute ventilation using external high frequency oscillation. Aneasthesia 1995; 50:pp 601-606
  11. Al-Saady NM, Fernando SSD, Petros AJ, Cummin ARC, Sidhu VS, Bennet ED. External high frequency oscillation in normal subjects and in patients with acute respiratory failure. Anaesthesia 1995; 50: pp 1031-1035
  12. Griffiths TL, Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. Effect of adenosine infusion on oxygen induced carbon dioxide retention in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax 1996; 51 (11) pp 1083
  13. Fernando S, Fernando SSD, MHR Sheriff, Vitarana UT. Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in patients who have had multiple transfusions in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal 2001; 46: pp 91-94
  14. Fernando S, Fernando SSD, Sheriff MHR, Vitarana UT. Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in patients with chronic renal disease in Sri Lanka. Transplantion Proceedings. 2002; 34: pp 3087-3090

Published papers in non-referred journals

  1. MR Mohideen, AMSK Attanayaka, AMSA Liyadipitiya, LK Manarthunga, SP Jayaweera, SSD Fernando. (1997) Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in Healthy School Children In Galle. Galle Medical Journal; Vol. 1 (2): 36-41
  2. SSD Fernando (1999) Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sri Lankan Prescriber, 7(2): 1-4

COMMUNICATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS PUBLISHED AS ABSTRACTS

  1. Hettiarachchi J, Ariyananda PL, Fernando SSD. An analysis of the performance of medical students in General Medicine. 99th Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1986.
  2. N Chandrasiri, PL Ariyananda, SSD Fernando. Autopsy Findings of two cases of Turtle Flesh Poisoning. Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1987.
  3. Hettiarachchi J, Fernando SSD. Pulmonary Fibrosis due to Paraquet. Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1987.
  4. J Hettiarachchi, SSD Fernando, MGR Colojnne. Clinical aspects of Paraquet poisoning in Galle. Proceedings of the Kandy Society of Medicine, 1987, Dec Vol 10(Abstract)
  5. Goonarathne C, Fernando SSD, J Liyanage, SNS Ranjani, MTM Jiffry. ESR revisited. Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1987.
  6. Hettiarachchi J, Fernando SSD, Jayawardena MTDV. Pulmonary Function in Tropical Pulmonary Eosinophilia. Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1987.
  7. Hettiarachchi J, Fernando SSD, Hettiarachchi S. A Clinically Distinct Monoarthropathy Probably Due To Filaraisis. Centenary Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo 1987.
  8. Kodithuwakku G, Fernando SSD, Mohideen R, Ariyananda PL. A profile of patients attending a medical clinic. 48th Annual Sessions of Galle Clinical Society, Galle. 1988
  9. Kodithuwakku G, Mohideen R, Fernando SSD. Smoking among ward patients. 48th Annual Sessions of Galle Clinical Society, Galle. 1988
  10. Fernando SSD, Cummin ARC, Saunders KB. Effect of a deep breath on the subsequent breath. EurRespir J1990; 3 (Suppl 10): 194s
  11. Saunders KB, Fernando S. Practicality of single breath tests of CO2 response: a modeling study.EurRespir J 1991; 4 (Suppl 14): 213s
  12. Al-Saady NM, Fernando SSD, Sidhu VS, Cummin ARC, Hayek Z, Bennett ED. High-frequency chest wall oscillation in normal subjects and in mechanically ventilated patients (poster). 11th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels. 1991 (Abstract)
  13. Al-Saady NM, Fernando SSD, Singer M, Bennet ED. External high frequency oscillation can replace intermittent positive pressure ventilation in patients with acute respiratory failure. Intensive Care Medicine 1992; 18 (Suppl 2): s54
  14. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. The ventilator response to CO2 from a single deep  breath compared with two tidal volume breaths at 8% Co2. Eur Respir J 1993; 6 (Suppl): 399s
  15. Fernando SSD, Saunders KB. A deep voluntary isocapnic inspiration inhibits ventilation in man: A Hering Breuer inflation reflex? Spring Meeting of the Medical Research Society. London. 1993
  16. Katulanda P, Kudalugoda Arachi  J, Cassim MRN, Fernando SSD, Sheriff MHR (1999). A survey of computer usage and awareness among medical students. First academic sessions of the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) – Dec 1999, Colombo
  17. Fernando S, Fernando SSD,  Welathanthri N, Athukorale I, Mathu S, Sheriff MHR, Vitarana UT. Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in a cohort of Sri Lankan patients who have had multiple transfusions. Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists. Colombo. 2000.
  18. Fernando S, Fernando SSD, Mallikahewa R, Cassim R, Sheriff MRH, Vitarana UT.  Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus in a cohort of patients with chronic renal disease in Sri Lanka. Academic sessions, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists. Colombo. June 2000.
  19. Fernando S, Fernando SSD, Welathanthri N, Balawardene J, Sheriff MRH, Vitarana UT. Antibodies to Hepatitis C in selected patients with chronic liver disease in Sri Lanka. Annual Academic Sessions of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Colombo. July 2000.
  20. Galappatthy P, Abdulla AA, Gunasekara DT, Hanwella DR, Fernando SSD, De A Seneviratne SR, De FW Goonaratna C. The impact of  behavioural science inputs relevant to clinical work during professorial clinical rotations: perceptions of final year medical students of the University of Colombo. International conference on curriculum change in Medical Schools. Colombo. July 2002
  21. Al-Saady NM, Fernando SSD, Sidhu Vs, Cummin ARC, Hayek Z, Bennet ED. High frequency chest wall oscillation in normal subjects and in mechanically ventilated patients. Winter Meeting of the Medical Research Council, December 1991.
  22. Mohideen MR, Attanayake AMSK, Liyadipitiya AMSA, Manathunga LK, Jayaweera SP, Fernando SSD. (1995). Peak expiratory Flow Rate in Healthy School Children in Galle. Presented at the 28thAnnual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians, Sept 1995
  23. Griffiths TL, SSD Fernando, Keatings VM, Saunders KB. Adenosine infusion prevents oxygen induced carbon dioxide retention in severe COPD. 109th  Anniversary academic sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo. March 1996
  24. Fernando SSD, Haniffa MR (2003) Proposal for a computer based training system for multiple choice questions in Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Presented at the second Academic sessions of the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL), Colombo. March 2003
  25. Fernando S (2002) Acute severe asthma in adults. Proceedings of the symposium on varied facets of Bronchial Asthma, Respiratory Diseases study group – Sri Lanka, Colombo. Dec 2002
  26. Fernando S, Senaratne W, Gunatilleke S. (2002). Inhaled devices. Proceedings of the symposium on varied factes of Bronchial Asthma, Respiratory Diseases study group – Sri Lanka, Colombo. Dec 2002