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Professor (Dr) B. Ganananda Nanayakkara PhD, BDS, FICCDE

Specialist Dental Surgeon



2016 - 2017



Senior Professor B.G. Nanayakkara, a distinguished academic, enthusiastic researcher, specialist in restorative & maxillo-facial prosthetic dentistry and academic par excellence who served the University of Ruhuna for over 25 years with distinction.

Professor B.G. Nanayakkara received his primary & secondary education at Richmond College, Galle, graduated from the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya in 1978 and obtained a doctorate from University of Ruhuna in 1997. He was awarded a British Council Scholarship to UK for his postgraduate studies where he read on Restorative Dentistry and Maxillo-facial Prosthesis at Kings College, Guys University, Great Ormand Street Sick Children Hospital & Queen Mary's Hospital, UK. He was also awarded a prestigious membership in the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry (BSSPD).

He was the founder of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, the only such facility in the Southern Sri Lanka. He has authoured 15 text books on various aspects of Anatomy, six colour atlases of Human Anatomy and has an extensive publication record in science citation indexed and refereed journals to his credit.

Professor B.G. Nanayakkara was the president of three national bodies: Sri Lanka Dental Association 2002/2003, Anatomical Society of Sri Lanka 2016/2017 and College of General Dental Practitioners of Sri Lanka 2018.

He served as the Director, Center for International Affairs (CINTA), Head, Department of Anatomy, Head, Medical Illustration & Photographic Unit, Head, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, President, RFMTA, Chairman, Fundraising Committee, University of Ruhuna Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Chief co-ordinator of the University for Dayata Kirula National Development Exhibition to mention a few among numerous committees he has led.

Professor Nanayakkara played a major role in establishing the 90-room STEMCOR student hostel at Faculty of Medicine, served as the Sri Lankan Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Project conducted in collaboration with the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, UK and was also instrumental in establishing a new field hospital consisting of maternity, neonatal unit following the tsunami disaster through the Medical Aid to Galle Environs (MAGE) project.

Currently Professor Nanayakkara is serving as the President of the College of General Dental Practitioners of Sri Lanka.





Vidya Jyothi Emeritus Professor Rohan W. Jayasekara



2011 - 2016




Prof. Jayasekara was Chair and Senior Professor of Anatomy and the Founder Director of the Human Genetics Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo from 1983. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya in 1972 and obtained a Commonwealth Scholarship to read for a doctorate in Human Genetics under the renownedProf. Derek Roberts at the Department of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. After returning to Sri Lanka, he established the Human Genetics Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in 1983. Through the years, he has held many posts in the Faculty of Medicine including the prestigious post of Dean from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed Chair in Anatomy in the year 2000 and became Senior Professor in 2008. He contributed in numerous ways to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Sri Lanka. Some of his achievements included being admitted as a Fellow of the Galton Institute London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, London and Honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka.




Professor Surangi G. Yasawardene

Senior Professor of Anatomy


Professor Surangi G. Yasawardene, Senior Professor of Anatomy and Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura graduated from the Faculty of Medicne, University of Colombo in 1992. Soon after completing her internship she joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences as a probationary lecturer in Anatomy in 1993. As a pioneer member of the department of Anatomy, she together with the senior staff was instrumental in organizing the curriculum and setting up the department. She obtained her PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2000 and progressed academically getting promoted to Professor in Anatomy on merit in 2007, Chair Professor of Anatomy in 2010 and Senior Professor of Anatomy in 2015. During this time she continued to actively participate in all areas of academia in undergraduate and postgraduate activities. She also functioned as the administrative Head of the Department of the Anatomy from 2001 until she assuemd duties as the Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2014.


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