Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne is a Professor in Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and a Honorary Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist in the De Soysa Hospital for Women, Sri Lanka. She is the first Endocrinologist in Sri Lanka appointed to an academic position in 1993 and a pioneer Obstetric Physician in the South Asian region.
Her current research encompasses several areas including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in South Asians, medical disorders in pregnancy, gestational diabetes and thyroid disease. She has supervised 10 PhD and M Phil theses. Professor Wijeyaratne has published extensively and the author of 64 research publications in peer-reviewed indexed journals with 1243 research gate citations for January 2017. She has contributed to 6 book chapters and has delivered 5 prestigious orations based on her own research namely the Sir Nicholas Atygalle Oration in 2002, Sir Marcus Fernando Oration in 2005, Dr Henry Rajaratnam Inaugural Oration in 2009, Faculty Oration of the Faculty of Medicine Colombo in 2011and Murugesar Sinnetamby Oration in 2012. Prof. Wijeyaratne is a recipient of many National and International awards the latest being the International Excellence in Endocrinology Award of the Endocrine Society (USA) in 2017.
Professor Wijeyaratne was the Convenor of the National Coordinating Committee for Research in Human Reproduction (WHO) in Sri Lanka from 1993-1998 and its Chairperson from 2009 -2013. She initiated the establishment of a database of local research in Reproductive Health that is sustained to date and helps local researchers immeasurably. Through the NIROGI Lanka National level project she pioneered a cohort of nurse educators for diabetes in the state sector to take universal screening for gestational diabetes to grassroots level through training of MOHs and public health midwives (NIROGI Maatha), encourage community empowerment through health promotion (NIROGI Diviya) and to encourage the development of diabetic foot care along with footwear producers (NIROGI Paadha) with an expectation to provide quality care for diabetics and those with chronic NCDs, prevent the next generation from being afflicted by the NCD epidemic, to prevent lower limb amputations in diabetics and prevent premature deaths. Prof. Wijeyaratne as a founder member since 2013 and the Vice President of the South Asian Initiative for Diabetes in Pregnancy in 2015 was instrumental in giving the leadership to the 1st ever SAIDIP and DIPAP conference in September 2016 on maternal diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome that provided the platform for South Asian research networking and dissemination of results.
Prof. Wijeyaratne has contributed immensely to Professional Organizations. She was the Convenor of Diabetes Prevention Task Force and former Chairperson of Subcommittee on NCD, Sri Lanka Medical Association from 2005-2015, Chairperson of the Specialty Board in Endocrinology, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo from 2007-2015, Past President Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka 2004-2007, Past President Ceylon College of Physicians, 2007, Representative for Sri Lanka International Society for Obstetric Medicine, since 2006, Chairperson Women’s Health Committee SLMA 2005-2007 and Chairperson NCD Committee SLMA 2009-2012. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists and Sri Lanka College of General Practitioners.
She is a member of many International working groups and an invited speaker of many National and International Fora (the lists are too long to read out). She is the Co-Editor of the Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians 2014 to date and a member of Editorial Boards of Obstetric Medicine and Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes and Endocrinology and a regular reviewer of many peer-reviewed indexed journals.