Rezvi Sheriff

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Mohamed Hussain Rezvi Sheriff
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationUniversity of Colombo
Royal College Colombo
Zahira College Colombo
OccupationConsultant physician and nephrologist National Hospital Sri Lanka, director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine and senior professor of Medicine, head of the Department of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
EmployerUniversity of Colombo
Known forCo-founder of Sri Lanka's first kidney transplant programme and dialysis unit, medical research, medical teacher, postgraduate medical educationist
TitleVidya Jyothi Professor

Vidya Jyothi Mohamed Hussain Rezvi Sheriff, FRCP (Lon), FRCP (Edin), FRACP, FCCP, FSLCGP, FNASSL is a Sri Lankan academic and physician. He is the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine; Senior Professor of Medicine; Head of the Department of Clinical Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. He is also a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist National Hospital Sri Lanka.[1]


Sheriff began his formal education at Zahira College Colombo and later received a Scholarship and moved to Royal College Colombo. He subsequently entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo where he obtained both a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and later Doctor of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Ceylon College of Physicians.


After qualification he was appointed Lecturer in Medicine in the Department of Medicine under Professor Kumaradasa Rajasuriya. After training in the UK obtaining MRCP he returned as Senior Lecturer later being promoted to Professor.

He and his collaborator AH Sheriffdeen set up the first transplant programme in the country in October 1985. He and Surendra Ramachandran pioneered the speciality of Nephrology in Sri Lanka. Nearly 1,000 transplants have been done under his supervision.[2]

He is a member of the senior advisory board to SACTRC (South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration)[3] with Nimal Senanayake, Ravindra fernando and Janaka de Silva. He founded the OxCol ( University of Oxford Colombo link) for studies on snake bite and yellow oleander poisoning. He was President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Ceylon College of Physicians,[4] Sri Lanka Association for Nephrology and Transplantation, SAARC Society of Nephrology, Urology and Transplant Surgery and the Founder President of the Hypertension Society in Sri Lanka in addition to being a founder of the Health Informatics Society in Sri Lanka [5] and a Councillor of the International Society of Nephrology. He is an External Examiner for MRCP in UK & Chennai. He is the Ceylon College of Physician Coordinator for MRCP Examinations in Sri Lanka.

He has published widely in Nephrology, Transplantation, Snake Bite and Oleander Poisoning.[6]

He is also the founder Chairman of Western Infirmary Hospital in Colombo, a center known for renal disease care, dialysis and transplantation.[2][7]

He retired from University of Colombo on September 30, 2014, after 41 years of service.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Honorary Fellow of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the National Academy of Science of Sri Lanka.

The Titular honour Vidya Jyothi was conferred upon him by the Government of Sri Lanka in recognition of his contribution to Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation in Sri Lanka. He also received a Lion International Merit Award.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "SACR Governance". Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  6. ^ "Articles and Books by Prof Sheriff". Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  7. ^ "About Prof. Sheriff". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Vidyajyothi Professor Mohamed Hussain Rezvi Sheriff MBBS, MD, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Lon), FRCP (Edin), FRACP, FCCP, FSLCGP". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.