Professor Indika Karunathilake

Dear Members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association,

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for the singular honour and privilege bestowed on me to serve you as the President of SLMA.

For me, being appointed as the President is the pinnacle of a long journey. I joined the SLMA in 1999, twenty years ago.  I have been a council member of SLMA since 2005. I have worked in these premises day and night. I have known and worked with all of you. I have listened to you and I have learned from you. In short, this is home for me.  I return to SLMA, and take on this position more inspired and determined than ever about the tasks and the future that lies ahead.

I would like to place on record my appreciation for the excellent foundation laid by all past presidents and council members through their dedication, commitment and hard work. SLMA has grown from strength to strength due to the contribution from all of you. The outgoing President, Dr Anula Wijesundera, made 2019 a memorable year for SLMA. Her unique approach to work, dedication and commitment was exemplary.

While celebrating our past achievements we need to look towards the future.  The development of any organization will depend on the ability to input new energies, new ideas and new people. While respecting the vice counsel and experience of our senior professionals, we must see that the proper balance is to be maintained with accommodating the youthful energy and enthusiasm.

My priority for 2020 will be establishing a system of continuous professional development for medical doctors.   We have planned out a series of events for the year 2020.  The first council meeting will be on the 3rd of January 2020. The ceremonial induction of the President SLMA will be on Saturday 18th January 2020 at the New Auditorium of the PGIM Academic Centre. The highlight of SLMA activities, the 133rd Anniversary International Medical Congress, will be held in July 2020. We have an exciting year ahead of us.

I once again thank you all, both personally and on behalf of the incoming Council and humbly pledge to serve you in my fullest capacity and to take SLMA to even greater heights of achievement and recognition. I am confident of your fullest support and cooperation. Let us work together and ensure that SLMA grows from strength to strength.