Call for Applications

Dr. C. G. Uragoda Lecture on the History of Medicine 2020

This Lecture was established in the year 2012, the 125th anniversary year of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), to mark the meeting attended by a group of doctors at the Colonial Medical Library in Colombo on 26 February 1887 to discuss the formation of the Ceylon Branch of the British Medical Association, which later became the Sri Lanka Medical Association.

The lecture was renamed the Dr. C. G. Uragoda Lecture on the History of Medicine in the year 2017 to honour the lasting contribution made by Dr. C. G. Uragoda to document the History of Medicine in Sri Lanka.

The lecture is delivered on the 26th day of February of every year.

Applications are called for the lecture to be delivered on 26 February 2020. Applicants should submit a short abstract of the proposed lecture (no more than 1 A4 page) and a brief curriculum vita (no more than 3 pages). The speaker should have been considerably associated with and contributed to the field of medicine in his/her chosen topic.

The SLMA wishes to encourage lectures in areas of medicine that have not been covered in previous lectures.  A list of past lectures can be found on the SLMA website – Applicants should bear in mind that they must make themselves available to deliver the lecture on 26 February 2020 at the SLMA Auditorium as this is a lecture delivered to mark the founding of the SLMA.

Applications should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary, SLMA, on or before 30 June 2019.


Dr C G Uragoda History of Medicine Previous Lectures

26th February 2019
“The evolution and current status of Bio (medical) ethics in Sri Lanka”
Professor Anoja Fernando
MBBS (Cey), MRCP (UK), BA (OU, UK), FRCP (Lond)
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology
University of Ruhuna
Member, UNESCO International Bioethics Committee


25th February 2018
Dr. C. G. Uragoda History of Medicine Lecture 2018
“Hospital Architecture in Sri Lanka: A Historical Review”
Dr. Sankha Randenikumara


25th February 2017
“History of Neurology”
Deshamanya Vidya Jyothi Dr. J.B. Peiris
Hon. Foreign Fellow of Assoc. of British Neurologists
Patron Assoc. of Srilankan Neurologists, Senior Consultant Neurologist


26th February 2016
“Evolution of Orthopaedics in Sri Lanka: Wisdom of the Past and Marvels of Today”
Dr. Upali Banagala
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


26th February 2015
“The evolution of Mental Health in Sri Lanka: from providing care for people with lunacy
To Promotion of Mental Health”
Professor Nalaka Mendis FRCPsych
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colombo


26th February 2014
“Changing Patterns of Clinical Practice Over Time”
Dr. T Varagunam MD, FRCP, MED
Former Professor of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
Responsible officer for research training special programme in research
WHO Head Quarters, Geneva, Switzerland


26th February, 2013 from 6.30 the Lionel Memorial Auditorium, SLMA
History of Medicine Lecture 2013
“Medicine in Lanka: A brief history of time”
Dr Lakshman Ranasiinghe MBBS, DCH, FRCP, FCD (SL), FSLCPaed, FCGP (SL)
28 February 2012
History of Medicine Talk,
by Dr. Dennis Aloysius