Professor Senaka Rajapakse

MBBS, MD, FRCP, FCCP, FACP

  • Professor in Medicine 
  • Consultant Physician  
  • Project Lead - Tropical Medicine Research Unit                                           

CONTACT DETAILS

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • MBBS (Colombo), First Class Honours
  • MD (Colombo)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (London & Edinburgh)
  • Fellow, Ceylon College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Tropical Infectious Disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Medical Education and Virtual Learning
  • Critical Care
  • General Medicine

BIOGRAPHY

Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Consultant in General Internal Medicine, National Hospital of Sri Lanka.  Board Certified as Specialist in General Internal Medicine by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and certified as a specialist in general internal medicine by the General Medical Council, UK. Strong background in Clinical Medicine with an interest in acute medicine, critical care & tropical infectious diseases, and in undergraduate/postgraduate medical education, with considerable experience in administration and financial management. Accomplished research and publications record. Innovative and experienced in information technology-based education

APPOINTMENTS

  • University of Colombo
  • Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Consultant Physician, National Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Consultant Physician – Acute Medicine, United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, UK.
  • Head, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 2008-2009
  • Head, Virtual Learning Centre 2004-2009, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Chairperson, Web Committee, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2008-2011
  • Director, Local Technical Secretariat, IRQUE Project 2006-2009, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Coordinator, University of Colombo Corporate Plan 2008-2012 and 2011-2015
  • Coordinator, University of Colombo- Institutional Quality Assurance Review 2009

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • Trainer for the MD Medicine Training program
  • Coordinator, Research programme for MD Medicine trainees, National Hospital, Colombo 2008-2009

Member – following boards of study

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Fellow, Ceylon College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Specialist Registration in General Internal Medicine, General Medical Council UK
  • Member of the World Association of Medical Editors (www.WAME.org)  
  • Founding Editor, International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science. Available online http://www.ijciis.org/
  • Founding Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care. ISSN 2012-5836 A new online only peer-reviewed journal to be published shortly by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. This journal was established based on a proposal made by me. Available online http://www.sljol.info/index.php/SLJCC
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Clinical Practice
  • Editor, University of Colombo Newsletter. Available online www.cmb.ac.lk/newsletter
  • Editorial Board Member, Core Evidence. http://www.dovepress.com/core-evidence-journal
  • Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for Scientific Journals International

Examiner/ Chief Examiner

Undergraduate 

  • Examiner for the clinical components of the final MBBS examinations
  • Examiner for student Elective Project and Community Stream student research project viva voce examinations
  • Processing of examination marks, preparation of mark sheets and results sheets of all examinations in the Faculty of Medicine
  • External examiner for the final MBBS examinations in other medical faculties in Sri Lanka (Universities of Ruhuna, Sri Jayawardanepura and Ragama)
  • Examiner for the competency examination for foreign medical graduates conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council

Postgraduate

  • Examiner at the MRCP (UK) PACES examination
  • Examiner at the qualifying examination for the MD Medicine training program March 2008, May 2010
  • Examiner at the MD Medicine examination July 2008
  • Coordination of the MD Medicine Clinical Examination - Duties involve finding and preparation of patients for the clinical component of the examination
  • Examiner and supervisor for the Certificate Course for Proficiency in Computer Science for Doctors conducted 3 monthly by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine
  • Examiner at the Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care, conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in March 2010
  • Reviewer for MD trainees’ casebooks
  • Supervisor, MSc programme, Health Development Research Programme, University of Colombo
  • Supervisor, MSc in Molecular Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo
  • Coordinator, Research programme for MD Medicine trainees, National Hospital, Colombo 2008-2009
  • Educational and Clinical Supervisor, Foundation Doctors training programme, East Midlands Deanery, UK 

Other activities

  • Participated in numerous staff training workshops / sessions in the Faculty of Medicine, on medical education, ethics
  • As member of the ethics review committee, responsible for reviewing and approval of research proposals - The Ethics Review Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is responsible for reviewing and granting ethical approval for all research projects of members of the Faculty as well as external researchers.   Each member independently reviews a minimum of 1-2 research projects per month
  • As committee member of module committees, responsible for curriculum development, planning and coordinating teaching activities, participation in teaching activities

GRANTS

  • National Science Foundation Grant No:  NSF/2011/HS/19:  Studies on comparing immunodiagnostic methods and immune status of Leptospirosis patients in Colombo and Gampaha districts
  • National Research Council Grant No: NRC 12-077:  Studies on factors contributing to pathogenesis of severe Leptospirosis in Sri Lanka

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS 

  • Sir Andrew Caldecott Gold Medal for the final MBBS
  • Joseph Nalliah Arumugam Gold Medal for the Final MBBS
  • Vaithialingam Gold Medal for Physiology
  • Hirdramani Scholarship for the 2nd MBBS
  • Bibile Memorial Prize for Pharmacology
  • Loos Gold Medal for Pathology
  • Myelopulle Silver Medal for Pharmacology
  • Mathew Gold Medal for Forensic Medicine
  • Professor Daphne Attygalle Medal in Pathology
  • Professor Channa Wijesinghe Gold Medal for Psychiatry
  • Rajasuriya Prize for Clinical Medicine
  • Dr D De S Muthukumarana Memorial Prize for Medicine
  • Dr Dhunjishaw Dadabhoy Gold Medal for Medicine
  • Flora and Wilson Bandaranayake Memorial Book Award
  • Award for the best research paper, Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1996
  • E.M. Wijerama award for the best research paper, Sri Lanka Medical Association 1998
  • Young Physician of the Year Award 2000 awarded by the Ceylon College of Physicians.
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Research  awarded by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 2001
  • University of Colombo Award for Excellence in Research 2002
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Research awarded by the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 2003
  • Ramachandran Award for the Best Paper in Nephrology, Sri Lanka Medical Association 2009  
  • University of Colombo Award for Excellence in Research in Medicine 2009-2011, awarded in 2012

PUBLICATIONS

Journal publications

  1. Eddleston M, Rajapakse S, Rajakanthan, Jayalath S, Sjöström L, Santharaj W, Thenabadu PN, Sheriff MH, Warrell DA. Anti-digoxin Fab fragments in cardiotoxicity induced by ingestion of yellow oleander: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2000;18;355(9208):967-72.
  2. Eddleston M, Ariaratnam CA, Sjöström L, Jayalath S, Rajakanthan K, Rajapakse S, Colbert D, Meyer WP, Perera G, Attapattu S, Kularatne SA, Sheriff MR, Warrell  DA. Acute yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) poisoning: cardiac arrhythmias, electrolyte disturbances, and serum cardiac glycoside concentrations on presentation to hospital. Heart. 2000;83(3):301-6.
  3. Sheriff R, Gunatillake W, Rajapakse S.  Organ Failure – from Misery to excellence.  Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2000;33:14-22
  4. Chang AA, Jayasinghe S, Rajapakse S, Sheriff MH. A patient presenting with features of progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy in HIV/AIDS. Ceylon Med J. 2001;46(4):153-4.
  5. Rajapakse S, Sheriff R et al.  Guidelines for the management of Yellow Oleander poisoning. Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2001; 34: 20-22
  6. Eddleston M, Senarathna L, Mohamed F, Buckley N, Juszczak E, Sheriff MH, Ariaratnam A, Rajapakse S, Warrell D, Rajakanthan K. Deaths due to absence of an  affordable antitoxin for plant poisoning. Lancet. 2003;27;362:1041-4.
  7. Rajapakse S, Lee KH. Corticosteroid in Severe Sepsis. Inspiration 2002;8:2-4
  8. Rajapakse S, Lim TK. Literature Review for Inspiration 2002;8:15-19
  9. Rajapakse S, Lee KH. Current evidence-based management of severe sepsis. Medical Progress 2003;30:47-56
  10. Ediriweera HW, Fernando SM, Jayasundera CI, Rajapakse S. Prevalence and control of risk factors in patients after acute coronary events. Ceylon Med J. 2004;49:68-9,  Erratum in: Ceylon Med J. 2004 Sep;49(3)
  11. Rajapakse A, Rajapakse S, Playfer J. Age bias in clinical trials of Parkinson's disease treatment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008;56:2353-4.
  12. Rajapakse S, Rajapakse A. Age bias in clinical trials in sepsis: How relevant  are guidelines to older people?. Journal of Critical Care. 2009;24:609-13
  13. Rajapakse S. Corticosteroids in the treatment of dengue illness. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine. 2009;103:122-6.
  14. Rajapakse S. Intravenous immunoglobulins in the treatment of dengue illness. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine. 2009:103;867-870
  15. Rajapakse S. Management of yellow oleander poisoning. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2009;47:206-12.
  16. Rajapakse S, Fernando SD, Gurusinghe S, Rubasinghe N. e-Learning in medical education: Guide supplement 32.6 - Practical application. Medical Teacher 2009; 31: 452–453
  17. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Kirthinanda D, Wijeratne S, Rajapakse A. The role of renal replacement therapy in sepsis induced acute renal failure. Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation 2009; 31: 452–453 
  18. Rajapakse S, Wijewickrema ES. Non-dialytic management of sepsis induced acute kidney injury. Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.  2009;20:975-83
  19. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse A. Atypical Manifestations of Chikungunya infection. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine. 2010;104:89-96
  20. Rajapakse S, Wijewickrema ES, Rodrigo C. ICU management of sepsis induced acute kidney injury. Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care 2009;1:3-8
  21. Gunawardane S, Koggalage R, Rodrigo R, Rajapakse S. A computer-based patient alert and decision support system.  Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care 2009;1:12-15
  22. Haniffa R, Ariyaratne H, Fernando S, Rajapakse S. Initial Management Of Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia In A Tertiary Hospital In Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care 2009;1:32-34
  23. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Current status of HIV/AIDS in South Asia. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases. 2009;1:93-101
  24. Rajapakse S, Gnanajothi R, Lokunarangoda N, Lanerolle R. A kidney transplant patient on cyclosporine therapy presenting with dural venous  sinus thrombosis: a case report. Cases Journal 2009;2:9139.
  25. Rajapakse S, Ranasinghe C, Rodrigo C. Corticosteroid therapy in dengue infection: opinions of non-specialist doctors in a tertiary care general medical setting in Sri Lanka. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases. 2010;2:199-200
  26. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Women and HIV; A look in to the non biological issues complicating the picture. Journal of Global Infectious diseases. 2010;2:15-27.
  27. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. HIV,women, and poverty. International Health 2010;2:9-16
  28. Rodrigo C. Rajapakse S. Cannabis and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: a review of clinical studies. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine 2010; 31:62-70
  29. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Gurusinghe J, Wijeratne T, Jayananda G, Rajapakse S. Symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescent students; a perspective from Sri Lanka. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Mental Health. 2010; 4:10
  30. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Selvachandran J. Management of acute coronary syndrome in a tertiary care general medical unit in Sri Lanka: how closely do we follow the guidelines? Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 2010;35:421-7
  31. Rodrigo C, Perera YS, Adhikari AMMC, Rajapakse S, Rajapakse A. Characteristics of older patients admitted to a tertiary care general medical unit in Sri Lanka. Indian Journal of Gerontology 2010;24:139-149
  32. Rajapakse S, Haniffa R, Rodrigo C. Predictors of mortality in severe leptospirosis: a concept paper on developing a clinically relevant classification. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock 2010; 3:213-219
  33. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Gunawardana A, Maithripala C, Jayananda G, Rajapakse S. A retrospective analysis of cannabis use in a cohort of mentally ill patients in Sri Lanka and its implications on policy development. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2010:8;5-16.
  34. Ranasinghe CC, Rodrigo PC, Premaratne S, Adhikari M, Rajapakse S. An Audit on the Care of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in a Tertiary Care Medical Clinic in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries. 2010;30:174
  35. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S, Jayananda G. The 'antisocial' person; an insight into biology, classification and current evidence on treatment. Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2010:6;9-31.
  36. Rodrigo C, Sheriff R, Rajapakse S, Lanerolle RD, Sheriff MHR. A two-year retrospective analysis of renal transplant patients in Sri Lanka.  Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation 2011;22(1):174-8.
  37. Rajapakse S. Dengue Shock. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock 2010;4:120-127
  38. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse A, Adhikari M, Perera YS, Rajapakse S. Cognitive impairment and symptoms of depression among geriatric patients in a tertiary care unit in Sri Lanka. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2010;52:284-285
  39. De Silva, S, Weerasinghe D, Maithripala C, Rajapakse A, Rajapakse S. Preliminary Audit on Early Identification and management of chronic kidney disease in adults in an acute general medical unit in Sri Lanka. Saudi Journal of Kidney Disease and Transplantation 2011;22:1285-8
  40. Rajapakse S, Abeynaike L, Wickremarathne T. Venlafaxine-associated serotonin syndrome causing severe rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure in a patient with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2010;30:620-2.
  41. Fernando SD, Herath S, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Improving diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis in resource limited health care. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases 2011;3:324-28
  42. Ibrahim S, Maithripala C, Horadagoda C, Rajapakse S. Characteristics and management patterns of patients admitted with fever and thrombocytopaenia to an acute general medical unit in Sri Lanka – a retrospective analysis. Journal of Global Infectious Diseases 2011;3: 203-205
  43. Rajapakse A, Rajapakse S, Sharma JC. Is investigating for carotid artery disease warranted in non-cortical lacunar infarction? Stroke 2011;42(1):217-20
  44. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Fernando SD. Drug treatment of scrub typhus. Tropical Doctor 2011; 41(1):1-4.
  45. Fernando SD, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Current evidence on the use of antifilarial agents in the management of Bancroftian filariasis. Journal of Tropical Medicine 2011;2011:175941
  46. Fernando SD, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. The 'hidden' burden of malaria: cognitive impairment following infection. Malaria Journal 2010, 9:366
  47. Rodrigo C, Gamakaranage CSSK, Epa DS, Gnanathasan A, Rajapakse S. Hypothyroidism with two rare life threatening complications; acute kidney injury and paralytic ileus. Thyroid Research 2011;4(1):7
  48. Fernando SD, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Chemoprophylaxis in malaria: drugs, evidence of efficacy and costs. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2011;4:330-336
  49. Ranasinghe P, Perera YS, Lamabadusuriya DA, Kulatunga S, Jayawardana N, Rajapakse S, Katulanda P. Work-related complaints of arm, neck and shoulder among computer office workers in an Asian country: prevalence and validation of a risk-factor questionnaire.BMCMusculoskeletal Disorders. 2011;12:68.
  50. Gamakaranage CS, Rodrigo C, Jayasinghe S, Rajapakse S. Hypokalemic paralysis associated with cystic disease of the kidney: case report.BMC Nephrology. 2011;12(1):16.
  51. Ranasinghe P, Perera YS, Lamabadusuriya DA, Kulatunga S, Jayawardana N, Rajapakse  S, Katulanda P. Work related complaints of neck, shoulder and arm among computer office workers: a cross-s ectional evaluation of prevalence and risk factors in a developing country. Environmental Health 2011, 10:70
  52. Navinan R, WIjayaratne DR, Rajapakse S. Final year medical students' perspectives regarding the curriculum in public health. Indian Journal of Community Medicine 2011;36:268-74
  53. Gunaratna RI, Handunnetti S, Bulathsinghalage MRC, Somaratne P, Jayanaga A, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S. Serum nitrite levels in Sri Lankan patients with Leptospirosis.  Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2012;5:75-78.
  54. Fernando SD, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Primaquine in vivax malaria: an update and review on management issues. Malaria Journal 2011;10:351.
  55. Fernando JI, Rajapakse S, for the Critical Care Study Group, Sri Lanka. Current status of intensive care services in Sri Lanka: an observational study. International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science 2012;2:11-6.
  56. Rodrigo C, Samarakoon L, Rajapakse S, Lanerolle R, Sheriff MHR. Kidney disease in the elderly: A Sri Lankan perspective. Saudi J Kidney Diseases & Transplantation 2012. In Press
  57. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Fernando SD. Scrub typhus: pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and prognosis. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2012; 5:261-4.
  58. Rajapakse S, Maithripala C, Weerasinghe D, Ibrahim S, Rajapakse A. Disease patterns and care of elderly patients in Sri Lanka. Indian Journal of Gerontology 2012;3: 351–366
  59. Rodrigo C, Navinan MR, Ranasinghe N, Wijayaratne DR, Fernando SD, Rajapakse S. Problematic internet behaviours among university students in Sri Lanka. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 2012 Sep;5(3):275-6
  60. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S, Rajapakse A. Delirium; pathophysiology, symptomatology, diagnosis and management. Journal of Symptoms and Signs  2012;1:45-52
  61. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse A. Treatment of Dengue Fever. Infection and Drug Resistance 2012;5:103-112
  62. Rajapakse S, Navinan MR. Cardiac involvement in leptospirosis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine 2012;106:515-520
  63. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse A. Isolated hypomagnesaemia in a patient treated with capecitabine. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice 2012 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print].
  64. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Parallel Researching with Online Collaboration (PROC); a new, low cost model for multicenter multinational research. Biodiscovery 2012; 2: 3
  65. Rodrigo C, Samarakoon L, Fernando D, Rajapakse S. A meta-analysis of Magnesium for tetanus. Anaesthesia 2012 Dec;67(12):1370-4
  66. Kirkby K, Galappaththy GNL, Kurinczuk JJ, Rajapakse S, Fernando SD. Knowledge, attitudes and practices relevant for malaria elimination amongst resettled populations in a post-conflict district of northern Sri Lanka. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine 2013 Feb;107(2):110-8
  67. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Wijeratne T, Weligepola R, Rajapakse S, Jayananda G. A prospective cohort study on the role of the non specialist staff on preventing relapses and improving clinic attendance of patients with schizophrenia. Indian J Psychiatry.2012. In Press
  68. Navinan MR, Rodrigo C, Fernando T, Samarakoon L, Rajapakse S. Early warning scores: Do they predict mortality in practice?  Journal of Acute Medicine 2013; 3:31-2
  69. Rodrigo C, Fernando T, Samarakoon L, Dandeniya C, Wattegama M, Wanniarachchi N, Jayananda G, Rajapakse, S. Acute coronary events during alcohol withdrawal. Addiction 2013 Jan;108(1):222-3
  70. Rodrigo C, Weerasinghe S, Jeevagan V, Rajapakse S, Constantine C. Addressing the relationship between cardiac hypertrophy and ischaemic stroke: An observational study. Int Arch Med. 2012 Dec 15;5(1):32.
  71. Rodrigo C, Fernando T, Rajapakse S, De Silva V, Hanwella R. Caregiver strain and symptoms of depression among principal caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder in Sri Lanka.Int J Ment Health Syst. 2013 Jan 9;7(1):2
  72. Samarakoon L, Fernando T, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Learning styles and approaches to learning among medical undergraduates and postgraduates.BMC Med Educ. 2013 Mar 25;13(1):42. [Epub ahead of print]
  73. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Fernando SD. Tafenoquine for Plasmodium vivax malaria infection: Meta-analysis Protocol. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010458. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010458
  74. Fernando T, Samarakoon L, Rodrigo C, Navinan R, Constantine GR, Rajapakse S. Electrocardiographic and echocardiographic manifestations of cardiac involvement in leptospirosis. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg  2013;107(7):457-9
  75. Rajapakse S. Allied health in-reach in the emergency department: does it reduce length of stay? International Journal of Clinical Practice 2013; 67: 807–10.
  76. Rajapakse S, Shivanthan MC, Rodrigo C, Samaranayake N, Fernando SD. Antibiotics for human toxoplasmosis – a systematic review of randomized trials. Pathogens and Global Health 2013;107(4):162-9

Abstracts at scientific conferences

  1. Rajapakse S, De Abrew K, Angunawela P, Sripathy K, Sheriff MHR.  Serum Cholesterol levels in the Nephrotic Syndrome.  Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 1994
  2. Rajapakse S, Rajakanthan K, Atukorale DP et al. Susceptibility of young and early middle aged smokers for acute anterior myocardial infarction.  Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1996
  3. Ilangasinghe A, Rajapakse S, Perera J, Seneviratne HR. Urinary tract infections in pregnancy – clinical manifestations, aetiology and treatment. Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 6th academic sessions December 1996
  4. Rajakanthan K, Tennakoon R, Santaraj W, Rajapakse S, Atukorale DP et al.  Major cardiac complications and fatality among refractory unstable angina patients: comparison with patients with acute MI. .  Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1996
  5. Indrakumar J, Mujaheit MI, Rajapakse S, Sheriff MHR et al.  The use of low molecular weight heparin in haemodialysis. Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 1996.
  6. Rajapakse S, Eddleston M, Warrell DW, Sheriff MHR et al.  Digoxin Fab antibodies in the treatment of yellow oleander poisoning-a randomized controlled trial.  Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 1998.
  7. Eddleston M, Rajapakse S, Rajakanthan, et al. Anti-digoxin antibodies reverse the cardiotoxic effects of acute yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) poisoning — a randomised controlled trial. Q J Med 1998; 91:778
  8. Constantine GR, Rajapakse S, Hewamanna S, Sheriff MHR. Incidence of cough in patients on ACE inhibitors. Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2000
  9. Mendis S, Widyaratne T, Rajapakse S, Jayasinghe S. The Prevalence of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Sri Lanka: Preliminary Report from a Database of Community Surveys. 113th  Anniversary academic sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association,  2000.
  10. Sheriff MHR, Rajapakse S, Angunawel P et al.  A retrospective study of 252 renal biopsies.  Poster Presentation.  Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 2001
  11. Ediriweera H, Fernando S, Jayasundara C, Rajapakse S. Risk factor modification after myocardial infarction. Peradeniya Medical Faculty Annual Academic Sessions 2002.
  12. Ediriweera H, Fernando S, Jayasundara C, Rajapakse S. Risk factor modification after myocardial infarction. Poster presentation, Sri Lanka Medical Association annual academic sessions 2003.
  13. Ariyaratne H, Haniffa R, Fernando SSD, Rajapakse S. A study of the treatment of community acquired pneumonia in a tertiary hospital in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Association annual academic sessions 2004.
  14. Rodrigo C, Sheriff R, Rajapakse S, Lanerolle RD, Sheriff MHR.A retrospective analytical study of renal transplant patients. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Academic Sessions 2009
  15. Rodrigo C, Selvachandran J, Rajapakse S. Management of acute coronary syndrome in an acute general medical ward (Poster). Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Academic Sessions 2009
  16. Gunawardane S, Koggalage R, Rodrigo R, Rajapakse S. A patient alert and decision support system. International Conference on Advancements in Computational Tools for Engineering Applications (ACTEA) 2009
  17. Rodrigo C, Ranasinghe C, Rajapakse S. An audit of care of patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus in a tertiary care general medical clinic in Sri Lanka. Ceylon College of Physicians Annual Academic sessions September 2009.
  18. Rodrigo C, Sheriff R, Rajapakse S, Lanerolle RD, Sheriff MHR.A retrospective analytical study of renal transplant patients. NUTS of SAARC 2009 Academic Sessions.
  19. Weerasinghe D, De Silva S, Maithripala C, Rajapakse S. Audit of prevention of CKD in a general medical unit in Sri Lanka. Poster. NUTS of SAARC 2009 Academic Sessions.
  20. Ibrahim S, Maithripala C, Horadagoda C, Rajapakse S. Characteristics and management patterns of patients admitted with fever and thrombocytopaenia to an acute general medical unit in Sri Lanka - a restrospective analysis. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2010
  21. Rodrigo C, Welgama SP, Wijerathne T, Rajapakse S. A cross sectional screening for symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescent school children. Ceylon Medical Journal 2010;55:supp 1:OP 12
  22. Rodrigo C, Welgama SP, Maithripala C, Rajapakse S. Morbidity of cannabis use in a cohort of psychiatric analysis. Ceylon Medical Journal 2010;55:supp 1:PP 10.
  23. Ranasinghe P, Perera KYS, Lamabadusuriya DA, Jayawardana MANAAD, Kulatunga AVS, Parththipan B, Samalai K, Rajapakse S, Katulanda P. Prevalence of complaints of arm, neck and shoulders among computer office workers in Sri Lanka and validation of a Sinhalese risk factor questionnaire. Ceylon Medical Journal 2010;55:supp 1:PP 29
  24. Gunaratne R, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti S. Serum nitrite Levels in Sri Lankan patients with Leptospirosis. IBMBB Annual Sessions 2010.
  25. Ranasinghe CC, Rodrigo C, Premaratne S, Adhikari AMMC, Rajapakse S. An audit on care of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in a tertiary care medical clinic in Sri Lanka. International forum on quality and safety in health care, Nice, France 2010
  26. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Wijeratne T, Weligepola R, Rajapakse S, Jayananda G. A prospective cohort study on the role of the non specialist staff on preventing relapses and improving clinic attendance of patients with schizophrenia. Proceedings of the annual academic sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians. Colombo. 2010
  27. Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. High default rates of treatment for depression in the periphery. Poster. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo, 2011.
  28. Kalugalage TL, Vithanage TDP, Somaratne P, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti S. Studies on Serum NOx levels in Sri Lankan patients with Leptospirosis. Poster. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Colombo. May 2011.
  29. Rodrigo C, Wijayaratne D, Ranasinghe N, Navinan R, Rajapakse S, Fernando SD. Problematic internet behaviours and gender differences of internet use among university students in Sri Lanka. International conference and exhibition on addiction therapy and research. Las Vegas. USA. 2012
  30. Rodrigo C, Samarakoon L, Rajapakse S, Lanerolle R, Sheriff MHR. Kidney disease in the elderly: A Sri Lankan perspective. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 2012.
  31. Prasanna N, Goonaratne LV, Wimalachandra BCM, Herath HMJP, Perera MD, Suriyamudalige DP, Kolambage KSJ, Soysa SSBDP, Rodrigo PC, Rajapakse S. Aspirin resistance among Sri Lankan patients. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 2012.
  32. Eugene EJ, Wickramasinghe SA, Kalugalage TL, Rodrigo C, Wickremesinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, Somaratne P,  de Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti SM. A pilot study on comparison of rapid immunodiagnostics for confirmation of leptospirosis. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Scientific Sessions 2012.
  33. Eugene EJ, Wickramasinghe SA, Kalugalage TL, Rodrigo C, Wickremesinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, Somaratne P, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti  SM. A pilot study comparing two rapid immunodiagnostic tests with the microscopic agglutination test (MAT) for the detection of leptospira antibodies. Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka 6th Biennial Scientific Sessions July 2012.
  34. Wickramasinghe SA, Eugene EJ, Kalugalage TL, De Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunnetti SM
Assessment of serum antioxidant capacity and NOx levels in leptopsirosis patients. Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka 6th Biennial Scientific Sessions July 2012.
  35. Samarakoon L, Fernando T, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Do learning styles and approaches to learning differ among medical undergraduates and post graduates?. Proceedings of the University of Colombo research symposium. 2012
  36. Rodrigo C, Wijayaratne D, Ranasinghe N, Navinan R, Rajapakse S, Fernando SD. Problematic internet behaviours among university students; a cross sectional survey. Proceedings of the annual academic sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians. Colombo. 2012
  37. Samarakoon L, Fernando T, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Do learning styles and approaches to learning differ among medical undergraduates and post graduates?. Proceedings of the annual academic sessions of Ceylon College of Physicians. Colombo. 2012
  38. Samarakoon L, Fernando T, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Do learning styles and approaches to learning differ among medical undergraduates and post graduates?. Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, Singapore. 2013
  39. Niloofa MJR, Fernando GTG, Thewarajah W, Rodrigo C, Karunanayake L, de Silva HJ, Rajapakse S, Handunetti S. Diagnosis of leptospirosis; confirmed vs. probable cases of leptospirosis and importance of tested paired serum samples. Proceedings of the Medical Research Institute Research day. Colombo. 2012
  40. Prasanna N, Goonaratne LV, Wimalachandra BCM, Herath HMJP, Perera MD, Suriyamudalige DP, Kolambage KSJ, Soysa SSBDP, Rodrigo C, Rajapakse S. Aspirin resistance among Sri Lankan patients. Proceedings of the Medical Research Institute Research day. Colombo. 2012
  41. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Gunawardana A, Maithripala C, Jayananda G, Rajapakse S. Does cannabis use increase the risk of schizophrenia; a retrospective analysis of a psychiatrically ill population in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology & Treatment Guidance. Thessaloniki, Greece. 2013
  42. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Gurusinghe J, Wijeratne T, Jayananda G, Rajapakse S. Symptoms of anxiety and depression among Sri Lankan adolescents. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology & Treatment Guidance. Thessaloniki, Greece. 2013
  43. Rodrigo C, Welgama S, Wijeratne T, Jayananda G, Rajapakse S. A low cost intervention of using non specialist staff in preventing relapses of schizophrenia. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology & Treatment Guidance. Thessaloniki, Greece. 2013
  44. AMNL de Silva, P Wijetunga, S Rajapakse. Sri Lankan research output in global context, where do we stand? Poster. SLMA annual academic sessions 2013 
  45. T Fernando, C Rodrigo, L Samarakoon, R Navinan, C Dandeniya, G Constantine, S Rajapakse. Electrocardiographic and echocardiographic manifestations of cardiac involvement in Leptospirosis. Poster. SLMA annual academic sessions 2013 
  46. Niloofa MJR, Fernando GTG, Fernando TRGN, Wolttan R, De Silva NL, Rodrigo C, Wickramasinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, Premawansa G, Karunanayake L, De Silva HJ, Premawansa S, Rajapakse S, Handunetti SM. Sixth Annual  Scientific Sessions of the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 2013.
  47. Fernando TRGN, Niloofa MJR, Fernando GTG, De Silva NL, Rodrigo C, Wickramasinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, Premawansa G, Karunanayake L, De Silva HJ, Premawansa S, Rajapakse S, Handunetti SM. Low serum nitrite and antioxidant capacity in severe leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. Sixth Annual  Scientific Sessions of the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 2013.
  48. Fernando TRGN, Niloofa MJR, Fernando GTG, De Silva NL, Rodrigo C, Karunanayake L, Wickramasinghe H, Dikmadugoda N, De Silva HJ, Premawansa S, Rajapakse S, Handunetti SM. Determination of serum lipid peroxide and NOx levels in severe leptospirosis patients in Sri Lanka. Sixth Annual  Scientific Sessions of the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 2013.
  49. De Silva NL, Fernando TRGN, Niloofa MJR, Rodrigo C, Karunanayake L, De Silva HJ, Premawansa S, Handunetti SM, Rajapakse S. Changes in haematological parameters in leptospirosis. Poster. Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2013
  50. Fernando TRGN, Handunnetti SM, Niloofa MJR, Fernando GTG, De Silva NL, Wijerathne PPB,  Rodrigo C, Karunanayake L, Wickremesinghe H, Dikmadugoda 4, Premawansa G, De Silva HJ, Wickremesinghe AR, Premawansa S, Rajapakse S. Rapid detection of severe leptospirosis using a simple cost-effective method. Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2013.

Books

  1. Rajapakse S. Handbook of Critical Care 2009. ISBN: 978-955-51749-0-9
  2. Rajapakse S, Adikari M, Rodrigo PC.  Case studies in critical care 2009. ISBN: 978-955-51749-2-3
  3. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C. HIV and Women. ISBN:978-955-51749-1-6       
  4. Rajapakse S, Fernando SD, Rodrigo C. Update on four tropical infectious diseases.
  5. Rajapakse S. MCQs in Cardiovascular Medicine.
  6. Book Chapter: Chapter 1, in “Mind your Heart-A guide to a heart friendly healthy life style” by Shyam Fernando. ISBN 955-599287-7
  7. Developing E-Learning Material.
  8. Constantine GR, Rajapakse S, Sheriff R, Editors. Postgraduate Companion in General Medicine Vol 1 and 2. Ceylon College of Physicians
  9. Rajapakse S, Editor. National Hypertension Guidelines – Sri Lanka 2003 

Multimedia Publications

  1. Rajapakse S, Fernando SD, OSCE in Medicine (ISBN:978-955-51983-2-5). Virtual Learning Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  2. Fernando SD, Rajapakse S, Rubasinghe N. Lymphatic filariasis – Interactive CD. (ISBN:978-955-5067-4-4). Virtual Learning Centre & Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  3. Rajapakse S, Rodrigo C, Rubasinghe N. Interactive critical care. CD ROM. (ISBN: 978-955-51749-2-3)
  4. Rajapakse S. Sepsis- an interactive CD-ROM. (ISBN:978-955-51983-3-2)
  5. Fernando SD, Rajapakse S. Clinical Cases in Parasitology – Interactive CD ROM (ISBN:978-955-51983-6-3).

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate

  • Actively involved in the various teaching activities of the integrated problem based curriculum of the Medical Faculty
  • The integrated curriculum has four Streams; Clinical Stream, Applied Sciences Stream, Behavioral Stream, Community Stream
  • Bedside clinical teaching of small groups: Average 12 hours of student contact per week
  • Preparing and conducting lectures, interactive learning sessions
  • Facilitating small group teaching activities; Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions, Small Group Discussions (SGDs)
  • Preparation learning / teaching material, triggers for problem based sessions
  • Preparation of Fixed Learning Modules
  • Experience in teaching medical students on ethical principles, breaking bad news, communication skills
  • Training of medical students on a variety of clinical skills:  procedures, resuscitation etc
  • Development of interactive multimedia virtual learning modules
  • Organizing and conducting written, clinical, oral and practical (OSCE and OSPE) examinations
  • Setting of examination questions for undergraduate medical examinations in the Faculty of Medicine, the all-university common ranking examination for appointment of intern medical officers, and the qualifying examination for overseas qualified doctors

Postgraduate

  • Trainer for the MD Medicine Training program. Responsible for clinical training and supervision of Registrars, Senior Registrars in General Internal Medicine primarily, with contributions to training of Hematology, Nephrology, Anesthesiology trainees, and candidates following Diploma in Family Medicine course. Average of 3-4 registrars and 2-3 senior registrars (post MD) at a time
  • Coordinator, Research programme for MD Medicine trainees, National Hospital, Colombo 2008-2009
  • Educational and Clinical Supervisor for foundation and core-medical training, UK
  • Examiner at the MRCP(UK) PACES examination

Supervised Projects

  • MSc in Cellular and Molecular Immunology research component – IBMBB – Dr Rohini Gunaratne. Serum nitrite levels in Leptospirosis – 2009                     
  • MSc in Cellular and Molecular Immunology research component – IBMBB – Ms Thilini Kalugalage -2010
  • MSc in Cellular and Molecular Immunology research component – IBMBB-  Ms Egwin Julie Eugene – 2011
  • MSc in Cellular and Molecular Immunology research component – Ms Shalini A Wickremesinghe