Professor Chrishantha Abeysena was appointed the Director PGIIM on 11th February 2021. He is a Senior Professor in Community Medicine in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
Professor Abeysena obtained his MBBS from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in 1992, MA in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies in 1994, MSc in Community Medicine from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in 1995, MA in International Relations from the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo in 1998, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from the Faculty of Science, University of Jayewardenepura in 2000 and MD in Community Medicine in 2002 from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. Further. he also has obtained his BA in Christian Studies from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in 2003. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. He was promoted to merit Professor in 2010, and to Senior Professor in 2018.
After graduating, he had served in the Ministry of Health until 1996. In 1997, he joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya. He served as a Member of the Disciplinary Committee, Member of the Disciplinary Board, Member of the Library Committee, Member of the Research and Publication Committee, and Member of the Appeals Board of the University of Kelaniya. He was also a member of the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya and the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Multidisciplinary Studies related to Health, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
Professor Abeysena was a former Deputy Director of the Postgraduate Institution of Medicine, University of Colombo and served in several higher bodies of the PGIM. He served as a member of the Board of Study in Community Medicine in 2008 to 2012 and the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Community Medicine in 2015 to 2018. He served as an examiner for more than 50 postgraduate exams in the PGIM and was the Chief examiner for MSc and MD in Community Medicine. He successfully supervised more than 30 MSc, MPhil, MD desertions and theses. He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including high impact factor journals with h- index of 15 and i10 index of 17.
Furthermore, Professor Abeysena is a Member of the Ethics Review Committee, University of Kelaniya, since 2015 and served as a member of Ethics Review Committees of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya since 2007.
Professor Abeysena was the President of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka in 2015/2016. He was privileged to deliver the Dr. A.V.K.V. De Silva Oration of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka in 2009. Professor Abeysena has received Presidential Awards for Scientific Publication in 2010, and the Vice Chancellor’s award for the Best Researcher in the years 2009, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. On the other hand, he pioneered promoting Evidence Based Medicine in Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the International Guidelines Network.