Janaka de Silva

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Janaka de Silva
BornSri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationRoyal College Colombo
University of Colombo
University of Oxford
OccupationProfessor of medicine
EmployerUniversity of Kelaniya
Parent(s)P. T. De Silva, Kusuma de Silva (née Weerasekera)

Professor H. Janaka de Silva is a Sri Lankan physician and academic. He is the Professor of Medicine at the University of Kelaniya.[1][2] He was appointed as Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine at the University of Colombo in 2014[3], and is also Chairman of the National Research Council of Sri Lanka[4]

Janaka de Silva was educated at Royal College, Colombo. He qualified from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo with MBBS in 1982. De Silva then obtained a MD from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo and a DPhil from the University of Oxford while on scholarship. [5] He had his higher specialist clinical training at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and obtained MRCP (UK).

De Silva served as Dean of Medicine at Kelaniya for 9 years. He was a member of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka from 2008-2011 and chaired a number of committees and boards in the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. [6]

He and colleagues established the first formal training programme for gastroenterologists in Sri Lanka at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. Together with Kemal Deen and a few others he set up a liver transplant service at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital.[7]

De Silva has wide research interests, [8] and holds several editorial appointments. [9] [10] He has served on committees in health and research organizations including the WHO, Wellcome Trust and National Institute of Health Research, UK. [11] [12][13][14][15] He was President of the Ceylon College of Physicians in 2004.[16] In addition to awards and fellowships from professional bodies [17] [18], he was conferred the title Vidyajyothi - the highest national honor for science in Sri Lanka. [19][20]


  1. ^ Prof Hithanadura Janaka De Silva
  2. ^ Those deadly bites
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ National Research Council of Sri Lanka
  5. ^ [2], Previous awards to Wingate Scholars accessed 29 May 2011
  6. ^ [3], Staff news—New Board of Management of Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
  7. ^ "Trailblazing liver transplant service has now blossomed to meet a vital need by Kumudini Hettiarachchi The Sunday Times Sunday February 19, 2012". sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ [5] Sri Lanka Medical Association Council 2011 accessed 27 May 2011
  10. ^ [6]
  11. ^ l SACR Governance
  12. ^ [7]
  13. ^ [www.tropmedres.ac/_asset/file/moru-strategic-plan-2010-2015.pdf]
  14. ^ [8]
  15. ^ [9]
  16. ^ [10]
  17. ^ [11]
  18. ^ [12]
  19. ^ [13]
  20. ^ [14]