Personal Details
Name : Chathuri Sandamali Gunasekara
Designation : Lecturer
Gender : Female
Civil status : Married

Biography

Past student of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo and excelled in academic and extra-curricular activities. Obtained MBBS (USJP, 2005), Diploma in Medical Microbiology (UoC, 2013) & MD in Medical Microbiology (UoC,2016). Currently following post-MD overseas training at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK. Author of 4 publications in academic journals and 13 abstracts.

Positions

  • From 16.01.2016 to 30.04.2005 - Demonstrator in family Medicine, Faculty of medical sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka.
  • From 06.02.2006 to 05.02.2007 House Officer in Medicine & Surgery, Provincial General Hospital, Badulla
  • From 06.02.2007 to 21.03.2007 - Reserve house Officer (RHO) in Genecology/ Obstetrics and Medicine, Provincial General Hospital, Badulla.
  • From 22.03.2007 to 10.07.2010 - Medical Officer, Rheumatology, Provincial General Hospital, Badulla.
  • From 13.07.2010 to 11.11.2010 - Medical Officer- Premature baby unit, Colombo South Teaching Hospital
  • From 12.11.2010 to 23.09.2012 - Medical Officer- Rabies, Department of Rabies & Vaccine quality control, Medical Reseach Institute
  • From 12.11.2010 to 23.09.2012 - Diploma trainee/ Medical Officer in Microbiology, Medical research Institute, Teching Hospital Karapitiya & National infectious Diseases Hospital, Sri Lanka.
  • From 16.01.2014 to 30.11.2016 - Registrar in Medical Microbiology, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Apeksha Hospital Maharagama, Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, National hospital of Sri Lanka, Medical Research Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • From 01.12.2016 to 12.12.2017 - Senior Registrar in Medical Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, National Cancer Institute(Apeksha Hospital), Mahahragama & Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, Sri Lanka  
  • From 13.12.2017 to date -  Lecturer , Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Education & Training (Degrees, Diploma & etc)

  • MBBS -  02nd Class - 01.01.2005
  • Diploma in Medical Microbiology - 01.01.2014
  • MD in Medical Microbiology - 01.01.2016

Honors, Awards and Grants

Honors

Obtained the M.B.B.S. degree (01.01.2005) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura with a second division class, passing all subjects and with distinction passes in Physiology, Biochemistry, Parasitology and Pathology. (2nd MBBS- second upper division, 3rd MBBS-second upper division and final MBBS-second lower division classes)

Awards 

1. Was selected by the University Grants Commission for university admission under ‘students who excelled in fields other than studies’, in 1998.

2. Award for 3rd place in Poster Presentations in Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2016 (‘The aerobic bacteriological profile and antibiograms of deep-seated collections of pus at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka’)

3. Award for 1st place in Oral Presentations in Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital 2017 (‘An outbreak investigation of bacteraemia due to Burkholderia cepacia complex at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital’)

Grants

Medical Research Institute Research Grant 29/2014 for the research done for the MD dissertation on ‘The aerobic bacteriological profile and antibiograms of deep-seated collections of pus at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka’.

Research with abstracts

  • Gunasekera GCS, Jayatilleke SK, Gardnerella vaginalis bacteraemia in a critically ill patient: a case report, selected abstract for the 27th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists and the International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance 2018
  • K Jayatilleke, C Gunasekera, C Kannangara, B Wijesinghe, S Buddhadasa, An outbreak of bacteraemia due to Burkholderia cepacia in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka, Abstract publication at 28th ECCMID 2018 in Madrid Spain (21-24 April 2018)

  • G.C.S.Gunasekera, S.K.Jayatilleke, C.I.Kannangara, W.A.B.N.Wijesinghe and P.C.L.S.Buddhadasa, An outbreak investigation of bacteraemia due to Burkholderia cepacia complex at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, Abstract book of the 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, 2017

  • Gunasekera GCS, Priyaranganie WKAP, Gunasekara SP, Jayasekera PI, A case report on cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompromised patient, Abstarct book of the Annual Scientific Sessions of The Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology, 2017

  • GCS Gunasekera, SK Jayatilleke, LN Seneviratne, SASP Subasinghe, CI Kannangara, HL Thushari, Case report: A patient with melioidosis presenting with fever, dysuria and hip pain – a diagnostic dilemma, Abstract book of the 2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress 2017, 49

  • Gunasekera, G.C.S., Patabendige, C.G.U.A., The aerobic bacteriological profile and antibiograms of deep-seated collections of pus at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka Society  for Microbiology, 2016, 4 (1), 27-8

  • Gunasekera, G.C.S, Chandrasiri, N.S., Gunaratne, G. & Sathanantharajah, R., Neonatal bacteraemia - from common to uncommon, The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka Society  for Microbiology, 2016, 4 (1), 81-2

  • Gunasekera GCS, Patabendige CGUA, Jayasekera PI, Dayasenea RP, Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis: a case report, Abstract book of Scientific Sessions of MRI day 2014/ Abstract book of Annual sessions of Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology 2014/ Abstract book of Annual sessions of FMS, USJP, 2015

  • Gunasekera GCS, Sahabandu MP, Kahandage N, Jagoda JS, Factors associated with isolated plantar fasciitis : a descriptive study, Bulletin of the annual sessions of the Uva Clinical Society in 2009.

  • Seneviratne, A.L.P.de S. & Gunasekera, G.C.S., Process and outcome of care in a family practice diabetic clinic - An Audit, Bulletin of the WONCAR-MESAR regional conference in 2005

  • Perera MSA, De Silva A, Gunaskera GCS, Bandara O,Beliefs and practices associated with communicable diseases in a semi-urban community, Bulletin of the WONCAR-MESAR regional conference in 2005

  • Samaranayake TSP, Perera MSA, Bandara O, Gunasekera GCS, De Silva A, How people purchase drugs from pharmacies: A bird’s eye view, Bulletin of the WONCAR-MESAR regional conference in 2005

  • Seneviratne, ALPde S, Bandara O, Gunasekera, GCS, De Silva A, Medical records of hypertensive patients attending a university family practice centre - An audit, Bulletin of the WONCAR-MESAR regional conference in 2005

  • Perera MSA, Samaranayake TSP, Seneviratne ALPde S, Bandara O, Gunasekera GCS, De Silva, A Prevalence of illness and health seeking behaviour of a sub-urban Sri Lankan community, Bulletin of the WONCAR-MESAR regional conference in 2005

Research Interests

  • Aerobic & anaerobic bacteriology of deep seated abscesses
  • Systemic Candida infections
Appointments
  • International Training Medical Fellow in Microbiology at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary UK on 03/04/2018
  • Routine clinical appointments at Colombo South Teaching Hospital and Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital
Memberships
  • Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLCM) (registration number: 22246), since 2006
  • Sri Lanka Medical association - SLMA (registration number: L:3108/3), since 2011
  • Sri Lankan society for Microbiology (registration number: 177), since 2012
  • Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (registration number: LM 171), since 2014
  • Allergy & Immunology Society of Sri Lanka (registration number: L-378) & member of International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), since 2014
  • ORCID (Open researcher and Contributor ID) organization (ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-5141-6319), since 2016
Publications

Conference Paper –

  • Seneviratne, A.L.P.de S. & Gunasekera, G.C.S., Process and outcome of care in a family practice diabetic clinic - An Audit, Sri Lankan family Physician, 2005, 26, 43-45

Journal Paper –

  • Gunasekera, G.C.S. et al., Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis: a case report, Sri Lankan journal of infectious diseases, 2016, 6 (1), 67-70

  • Gunasekera, G.C.S., Patabendige, C.G.U.A., The aerobic bacteriological profile and antibiograms of deep-seated collections of pus at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, The Ceylon Medical Journal, 2017, 62 (1), 270

  • GCS Gunasekera, SK Jayatilleke, LN Seneviratne, SASP Subasinghe, CI, Case report: A patient with melioidosis presenting with fever, dysuria and hip pain – a diagnostic dilemma, Sri Lankan journal of infectious diseases, 2017, 7 S38:50, 50

Teaching History         

  • Demonstrator in Family Medicine at Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital
  • Teaching medical students of Colombo North Teaching Hospital while been a Registrar in Microbiology
  • Teaching on Infection Control to doctors and nurses at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children & North Colombo Teaching Hospital as a Registrar in Microbiology and at National Cancer Institute Maharagama & Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital as a Senior Registrar in Microbiology
  • Teaching Chemical Pathology & Haematology Diploma trainees at National Cancer Institute Maharagama on topics in Microbiology

At FMS, UoC;

  • Teacher for the online Certificate Course in Infection Prevention and Control (2017) conducted by the Department of Microbiology since October 2017
  • Tutorials for 2014 Batch on Foundation Module 1 (Immunology) on 05/12/2017 & 08/12/2017
  • Small Group Discussion in Behavioural Sciences Stream on 15.12.2018
  • Lectures (6) for 2014 Batch on Foundation Module 2 on 3,4,5,17,19,29 Jan 2018 (Host-parasite relationship/ Syndromes and organisms/ Laboratory diagnosis of infections/ Organisms causing vaginits/ Bacteria causing intra-abdominal infections/ Sterilisation and disinfection)
  • Practical sessions for 2014 Batch on Foundation Module 2 throughout January 2018
  • Setting up pool MCQs and OSPE questions for Foundation 2 module examination
 
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