Message from the President
I thank you for the singular honour of electing me as the 120th president of the SLMA in its 130th year. I accept this position with humility, being acutely aware of my responsibilities in upholding the principles upon which this great institution was founded in 1887. In keeping with its motto Lankadipassa Kiccesu Ma Pamajii meaning “to act without delay for the betterment of our nation”, I pledge to preserve the SLMA’s long traditions, and further uplift its commitment to advocacy, service, training and research in health, and protect the good standing of our profession to benefit the whole of Sri Lanka. A very sincere ‘thank you’ to outgoing President Dr Iyanthimala Abeywickrema and her Council, for your able leadership as the 10th lady president, and commitment to enhance our work environment.
The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) is the national professional medical association in Sri Lanka, which brings together medical practitioners of all grades and all branches of medicine.
The SLMA is the oldest professional medical association in Asia and Australasia, with a proud history that dates back to 1887. At its inception it was called the ‘Ceylon Branch of the British Medical Association’. Later it evolved into the ‘Ceylon Medical Association’ (1951) and after Sri Lanka became a Republic in 1972, it became the ‘Sri Lanka Medical Association’.
The Association aims to provide a forum for its members to further their professional and academic development.