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Suneth Agampodi

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

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Suneth Agampodi, MBBS, MSc, MPH, MD

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Dr. Agampodi has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine since 2021. Before this appointment, he served as a Visiting Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine (2019-2021). He is also a Research Scientist at the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Agampodi earned his medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and completed his internship at Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital, Sri Lanka, before being appointed as a primary care physician. He trained in community medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, where he received his MSc and MD in Community Medicine and became a board-certified consultant in community medicine. With an academic interest in zoonotic diseases and epidemiology, he completed a Master of Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand, focusing on biosecurity.

He was a pioneer member of the new Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, where he was appointed as the Head in 2012, promoted to Professor in 2015, and became the Founding Chair of the department in 2018. While at Rajarata, he served as Dean (2021-2022), Chair of the Ethics Review Committee, Director of the Maternal and Child Health Research Unit, and Lead Epidemiologist of the Tropical Disease Research Unit. Since 2010, Dr. Agampodi has been committed to developing research capacity at Rajarata through competitive international grants. He also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego, in 2011.

His primary academic interests are in infectious disease epidemiology, population health, and preventive medicine.

Education & Training

  • MPH
    Massey University, Biosecurity (2011)
  • MD
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Community Medicine (2011)
  • MSc
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Community Medicine (2006)
  • Intern Medical Officer
    Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital (2003)
  • Intern Medical Officer
    Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital (2001)
  • MBBS
    University of Peradeniya, Medicine (2001)


  • Board Certification
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Sri Lanka, Community Medicine (2012)


  • Predicting, Investigating and Ameliorating Global Epidemic Leptospirosis
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2018
    American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 67th Annual Meeting
  • Leptospirosis in the Tropics: The Diagnostic Challenge
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2016
    ASTMH Annual Meeting 2016
  • Minor Ailments in Pregnancy Are Not a Minor Concern for Pregnant Women: A Morbidity Assessment Survey in Rural Sri Lanka
    Boston, MA, United States 2013
    Maternal Health is Women’s Health Launching event of MHTF-PLOS special collection on maternal health
  • Minor Ailments in Pregnancy
    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2013
    Women Deliver

Professional Service

PLoS Global Public HealthAssociate Editor2022 - Present
National Institute of Health Care and Research, UKReviewer2021 - 2022
Journal of College of Community Physicians of Sri LankaEditorial Board Member2021 - 2022
International Leptospirosis AssociationExecutive Board Member2017 - Present
NSF Working Committee on Bioethics, National Science Foundation, Sri LankaCommittee Member2017 - 2019
Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri LankaChairperson2017 - 2019
Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious DiseasesEditorial Board Member2015 - 2021
Sri Lanka Medical AssociationCouncil Member2015 - 2016
BMC Public HealthAssociate Editor2015 - 2016
WHO Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR)Development of "Guidance on reporting of Implementation / Operational Research"2015
Anuradhapura Clinical SocietyEditor2014 - 2019
Post Graduate Institute of MedicineBoard Member2014 - 2019
National Health Development Commitee, Ministry of Health, Sri LankaCommittee Member2014 - 2015
National Health Research Council, Ministry of HealthCouncil Member2014 - 2015

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