Devaka Fernando

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Devaka Fernando
Nationality Sri Lankan
Occupation Physician
Known for Professor of Medicine, University of Sri Jayawardanapura
Title Professor

Devaka Fernando, MBBS, MSc, MD, FRCP, is an award-winning Sri Lankan physician and academic. He was president of the Osteoporosis Society of Sri Lanka and a professor of medicine at the University of Sri Jayawardanapura.


Fernando was educated at Dean Row School in Cheshire, UK,[1] Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts[1] and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka.[2][3] He received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Fernando received a Doctor of Medicine degree and membership of the Royal College of Physicians, trained in public health at the University of Manchester (Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology) and trained as a specialist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.[1]

Educational and professional activities[edit]

Fernando was a consulting physician in diabetes and the endocrinology department of the Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital and a senior lecturer in the faculty of medicine at the University of Colombo.[4][5] He was a professor of medicine in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura faculty of health sciences,[6] coordinated the endocrinology training programme for the board of study in medicine at the University of Colombo's Postgraduate Institute of Medicine from 1998 to 2004,[7] managed the World Diabetes Foundation project in Sri Lanka,[8] was editor and vice-president of the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka and was the founding director of the Sri Lanka Twin Registry.[9][10][11] Fernando was a charter member of the board of study in medical administration at PGIM Colombo,[12][13] was involved in the specialist training of doctors in Sri Lanka through the Royal College of Physicians[14][15] and was connected to efforts to prevent discrimination against diabetes patients.[16][17] He had a health-policy advisory role on a World Bank project[18] and engaging the media in diabetes care[19] through the Diabetes Forum.[20] Fernando was secretary in 1995 and 1997,[21][22] treasurer in 1998 and vice-president in 2000 of the Sri Lanka Medical Association; secretary (1993–1996) and treasurer (1997–1998) of the Ceylon College of Physicians; founding president of the Osteoporosis Society of Sri Lanka (later named Osteoporosis Sri Lanka);[23] from 2000 to 2004,[24][25] editor (1994–1995) and treasurer (1996–2000) of the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka;[26] part of a Sri Lanka task force for the eradication of rabies,[27] and charter committee members of the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka[28] and the for the Brain Research and Neuroscience Centre's advisory panel.[29] While working in Sri Lanka, Fernando held clinical and research fellowships and senior research fellowships at the University of Manchester, visiting professorships with the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the University of Sheffield and an honorary professorship at Sheffield Hallam University;[30] he later emigrated to the United Kingdom.



Citation report
Total citations 1157
Citations without self-citations 1128
Citing articles[clarification needed] 1013
Average citations per item 12.31
H-index 17[31][32][33]


Fernando has been an applicant or co-applicant in grants received from the Wellcome Trust [34] and the World Diabetes Foundation.[35]

Professional affiliations and honors[edit]

He has received academic honors from:

  • The Ceylon College of Physicians (P. B. Fernando Gold Medal[36] and Cyril Fernando Gold Medal)[37]
  • The Sri Lanka Medical Association (Sir Nicholas Attygalle Gold Medal)[38]
  • The Kandy Society of Medicine (Seneka Bibile Gold Medal[39] and the Kandy Society of Medicine Gold Medal for Oration)[40]
  • The College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka (Gunasiri Memorial Oration Gold Medal and Cyril Vaz Memorial Gold Medal for Oration)
  • The Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka (Sir Frank Gunasekera Gold Medal for Oration)
  • The Andhra Pradesh Diabetes Federation (M. Viswanathan Gold Medal)

With Victor Hettigoda, Fernando received a presidential award for research.[41] He was made an honorary fellow of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh and the Ceylon College of Physicians.[42]

Voluntary service[edit]

Fernando chaired the Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Trust, based in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana, from 1990 to 2004;[43][44] helped establish a renal dialysis unit[45] and transit home[46] for patients and families visiting the University of Sri Jayewardenepura faculty of health sciences and its teaching hospital in 1998;[47] set up computer servers linking the John Pease Diabetes Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England and centres in Sri Lanka to aid education in Sri Lanka,[48] and assisted in disaster relief after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[49]

Other activities[edit]

Fernando was a school prefect,[50] won awards in rugby and athletics (finished second in the 1973 400m junior national AAA championships),[51][52] was active in classical, English debating and drama societies[53][54] and was part of the rugby union Royal-Thomian rivalry[55][56] on the 1975 S. Thomas' College team coached by Quentin Israel, called the best Thomian team by sports journalist Sharm de Alwis.[57][58]

He captained the University of Colombo rugby team, scoring two tries in a victory against Colombo Hockey and Football Club;[59] placed second in the 400m hurdles at the 1976 junior national AAA championships, and represented the S. Thomas' College rugby club in the 1981 First Division tournament.[60] Fernando has coached rugby teams in Sri Lanka and the UK.[61]

United Kingdom 2005-[edit]

Fernando moved to the United Kingdom in 2005, where he has been a consulting endocrinologist, head of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust's Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at King's Mill Hospital[62] and a member of the foot-care team,[63] associate medical director for clinical governance[64] and member of a trial steering committee.[65] In collaboration with the Thyroid Association, he has delivered lectures with colleague George Thomson.[66][67][68] Fernando is a board member of the Thanet[69][70][71] and Sheffield clinical commissioning groups[72] and a member of the Diabetes Think Tank, a parliamentary advisory group.[73][74]


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  2. ^ "D.S.Jayasekera-Unassuming in disposition, he walked tall.Daily Mirror, 24 th August 2006". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
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  4. ^ "Prevention of non-communicable diseases - challenges in the next century Daily News, Saturday 28, February 1998". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Prevention of non-communicable disease - challanges[sic] in the next century Ravindra Fernando Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 1999, 32, 9-18" (PDF). National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Faculty of Graduate Studies third research sessions Daily News Friday, 21 December 2001". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
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  9. ^ "A National Twin Registry has been launched to facilitate research in this fascinating field The Sunday Times Sri Lanka 13th December 1998". Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka twin Registry". Twin Research. 5: 424–426. doi:10.1375/twin.5.5.424. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
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  12. ^ "A Seminar on Medical Management Professor Devaka Fernando MBBS MD FRCP FRCP (Edin) Msc, was the keynote speaker". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  13. ^ "A Seminar on Medical Management Professor Devaka Fernando". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
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  15. ^ "Partnership with colleagues in other countries". Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
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  46. ^ "Transit home and dialysis unit for kidney patients The Sunday Leader 05th May 2002, Volume 8, Issue 42". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  47. ^ "Transit home and dialysis unit for kidney patients Sunday Leader 5th May 2002". Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
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  54. ^ "This Doctor is father of Prof. Devaka Fernando, who had brought great honour and glory to College. In school he was very popular amongst the teachers as an outstanding student. He was also keen Rugby player and athlete.". Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
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  59. ^ The Observer Lake House Newspapers Ltd DR Wijewardena Mawate 20 May 1979 page 26
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  62. ^ "Prof Devaka Fernando". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  63. ^ "King’s Mill Hospital foot care team collect top award". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  64. ^ "Information Technology in Clinical Governance" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  65. ^ Tyrer, P.; et al. "Clinical and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients: a multicentre randomised controlled trial". The Lancet. 383: 219–225. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61905-4. 
  66. ^ "First Hypoparathyroidism Awareness meeting". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  67. ^ "Joint BTF and HPTH UK Thyroid/Parathyroid Awareness Meeting". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  68. ^ "Professor to give talk on thyroid issues". www.thisisnottingham. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  69. ^ "Launch of Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group". Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
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  71. ^ "Launch of Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  72. ^ "Minutes of Public meeting" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  73. ^ "DIABETES THINK TANK NICE: a discussion paper on potential policy recommendations for the Diabetes Think Tank" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  74. ^ "The Diabetes Think Tank". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 

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