Dr. Sameera Anuruddha Gunawardena

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Faculty of Medicine, 

University of Colombo.

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Academic Qualifications 

Degree

Institution and University

Year Qualified

Period of Training

Primary Degree

M.B.B.S

(2nd Lower Honours)

Faculty of Medicine

UniversityofColombo

Sri Lanka

2002

1996-2002

Additional Degree

Diploma in Legal Medicine (DLM)

Post Graduate Institute of Medicine

UniversityofColombo

Sri Lanka

2007

2005-2007

Specialist Degree

Doctorate in Forensic Medicine

Post Graduate Institute of Medicine

UniversityofColombo

Sri Lanka

2009

2005-2009

Further Degrees

Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology)

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

2012

By examination

  

Educational Qualifications 

  • Board Certified Specialist in Forensic Medicine since December 2011
  • Accredited Teacher in Higher Education from SEDA UK since February 2014
  • Passed the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology) in April 2012
  • Passed the MD in Forensic Medicine in December 2009
  • Passed the Diploma in Legal Medicine in October 2007

Obtained 2nd Lower Honours in the Degree in Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in Year 2002 February at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo


Work Experience

 Present Employment

Since 1st December 2009(Was on overseas leave from 10th Feb 2011 to 30th Jan 2013)

Lecturer in Forensic Medicine at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo

1st December 2012- Promoted to Senior Lecturer Grade II


Previous Employment

10th February 2011to 31st January 2013-Was employed as a Forensic Pathology Registrar at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne, Australia

1st January 2009 to 31st November 2009- Assistant Judicial Medical Officer and MD trainee at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine,Colombo

1st January 2008 to 31st January 2008- Assistant Judicial Medical Officer and MD trainee at the Office of the Chief Consultant Judicial Medical Officer,Colombo

26th September 2005 to 31st December 2007- Post Graduate Trainee for the Diploma in Legal Medicine at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo

 

Research and Publications 

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

 “Sudden death in a man with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: Postmortem radiology and autopsy findings”

 

Paul J. Bedford, Sameera Gunawardena, Melissa Baker

 Published in the Journal of Forensic Science and Radiology Vol 1 No 1 2013 pages 25-27

 

Research Papers Presented at National and International Forums

 

Oral Presentations (Published as Abstracts)

  • “Medicolegal aspects of Wife Battering” - Gunawardena S A, Kodikara S -          Free paper presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka held on 25th February 2006
  • “Knowledge of School Children on Laws Related to Sexual Offences in Sri Lanka” - Gunawardena S A -          Free Paper presented at the 9th Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Science of the Indo-Pacific Association for Law Medicine and Science (INPALMS) held from 22nd to 27th July in Colombo. Published in Abstract form
  • “An analysis of sharp weapon trauma in non-fatal interpersonal conflict”- Gunawardena S A, Perera M, -          Free paper presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka held on 31st July 2010
  • “Nature’s defect and a mother’s burden: a case of infanticide”- Gunawardena S A -          Free paper presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka held on 31st July 2010 which won the award for the best case study.
  • “The Importance of Evidence Based Recovery of Human Skeletal Remains in the Judicial Process” – Katzmarzyk C, Gunawardena SA, Samarasekara A -          Free paper presented at the 10th Indo-Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Science (INPALMS 25th -30th October 2010 in India
  • “Using Peer Evaluation Method to Assess the Individual Contribution to Group Learning during Clinical Appointments”- Gunawardena S A, Abeykoon P, Nimalasuriya K -          Free paper presented at the 2014 SLAIHEE conference held on 20th June 2014 at the University of Colombo
  • “Use of CT Clavicle as a Tool in Forensic Age Estimation: Recent Experience in in East African Population” - Liyanage UA,, Gunawardena SA, Weeratne BJ, Mendis NDNA -          Free paper presented at the Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Radiologists in July 2014 which won the award for the best oral paper.
  • “Awareness on legal concepts and ethical concepts related to sexual offences among 1st year medical students and pre-intern graduates”- Jayaweera MK, Gunawardena SA -          Free paper presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medicolegal Society in September 2014 in Colombo Sri Lanka which won the award for the best study.
  • “Suicidal Sulphuric Acid Ingestion: A Case Report”- Pranavan S, Gunawardena SA -          Free paper presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medicolegal Society in September 2014 in Colombo Sri Lanka
  • “Application of a Multifactorial Forensic Age Estimation Method in a Group of East African Detainees” - Gunawardena S A, Liyanage UA, Weeratne BJ, Mendis NDMA -          Free paper presented at the World Forensic Festival in October 2014 in Seoul, Korea
  • “A Feasibility Study on using Voice Recordings to Detect Alcohol Intoxication in a Cohort of Sri Lankan Males”- Wakista GW, Abhayarathne SJ, Mendis GT, Gunawardena SA, Fernando R, Arunatileka SMKD, Sandaruwan KD, Rajapaksha RMW -          Free paper presented at the Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Medicine Colombo in November 2014

 

Poster Presentations (Published as Abstracts)

  • “A Retrospective Study on Injury Patterns among Three-Wheeler Occupants”- Gunawardena S A -          Poster presented at the 2008 Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka.
  • “Fatality from Duodenal Perforation of a Cushing’s Ulcer following Homicidal Head Injury”- Gunawardena S A, Pranavan S -          Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka.
  • “Artefactual Incised Wounds caused by Post Mortem Predation by Monitor Lizards; a common scenario in Sri Lankan death investigations” - Gunawardena S A  -          Poster presented at the World Forensic Festival in October 2014 in Seoul, Korea

 

Publications

 

I compiled the book “Community Mental Health Care: - Issues and Challengeswhich contains the entire proceedings of the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychiatry, which was held in Colombo from 4th – 7th April 2002 and organized by Sahanaya. Close to 350 delegates from about 15 countries attended this conference