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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 Assistant Professor, Adjunct at 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 a Research Scientist at International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea. He earned his medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He completed his internship at Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital, Sri Lanka before he was appointed as a primary care physician. He went on to complete training in community medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, the University of Colombo, where he received his MSc and MD in Community Medicine and was appointed as a board-certified consultant in community medicine. Based on his academic interest in zoonotic diseases and epidemiology, Dr Agampodi completed a master's of public health at Massey University, New Zealand, where his focus was on biosecurity. 

He was a pioneer member of the new department of community medicine at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and was appointed as the Founding Professor and Chair of the department. While at Rajarata, he was the Dean (2021-2022), chair of the ethics review committee, director of the maternal and child health research unit and the lead epidemiologist of the tropical disease research unit. Dr Agampodi has made an enduring commitment to developing research capacity in Rajarata through competitive international grants since 2010. He served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, in 2011. His primary academic interest involves infectious disease epidemiology, population health and preventive medicine. 

Education & Training

  • MPH
    Massey University, Biosecurity (2011)
  • MD
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (2011)
  • MSc
    Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Community Medicine (2006)
  • MBBS
    University of Peradeniya (2001)


  • 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
  • Young Physician Leader
    Berlin, Berlin, Germany 2012
    Young Physician Leader
  • Forgoty International Fellow
    San Diego, CA, United States 2011
    Forgoty International Fellow

Professional Service

International Leptospirosis AssociationExecutive Board Member2017 - Present
NSF Working Committee Meeting on Bioethics, National Science FoundationCommittee Member2017 - 2019
Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri LankaChairperson2017 - 2019
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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