Dr Pradeep Ratnasekare joined CaHRU this January 2018 as our third international visiting fellow from the University of Colombo’s Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. Pradeep graduated as a bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of Surgery in 1996 from the faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna and then completed postgraduate studies at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the fields of respiratory medicine and then in medical administration where he gained his master’s in 2011 and MD in 2016.
He has worked for over four years as a primary care medical officer, and six years as a medical officer in respiratory medicine, health system manager and health care researcher. As a health system manager he developed experience in various fields of hospital and public health programme management. He has worked as a hospital director in many secondary and tertiary care hospitals in Sri Lanka and worked as deputy director of the Medical Research Institute, the premier national level reference and referral medical laboratory and medical research centre for public and private sectors in Sri Lanka for last 18 months. His main interests are in health technology assessment and management, modern hospital planning and architecture, health system research and quality improvement in health care. Pradeep has several publications into his credit in the Journal of Medical Administrators Sri Lanka and Sri-Lanka journal of Health Policy and Management mainly on interventions carried out to improve health systems. He is a member of several academic associations in Sri Lanka including the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Medical Association. He is a member of research evaluation committee of the Medical Research Institute.
While at CaHRU he plans to: study the prehospital care system in the UK with a view to adapting it to develop a suitable model for Sri Lanka; to study the primary health care system in the UK National Health Service (NHS) of United Kingdom with respect to quality improvement and clinical governance; to study the systems and methods in place for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Health Technology planning in the United Kingdom; to learn about hospital design and planning; and to actively contribute to CaHRU’s research programme in primary and prehospital care. Listening to classical music, singing and playing cricket are his favourite hobbies.