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Suneth Agampodi

Visiting Research Scientist; Chair Professor, Community Medicine

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Suneth Agampodi, MBBS, MSc, MPH, MD

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Dr. Agampodi is the chair Professor of Community Medicine (Public Health) at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and a Visiting Research Scientist of Department of Internal Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and 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, University of Colombo where he received his MSc and MD in Community Medicine and appointed as a board certified consultant in community medicine. Based on his academic interest on zoonotic diseases and epidemiology, Dr. Agampodi completed a masters of public health in Massey University, New Zealand where his focus was on biosecurity.

He was a pioneer member of the new department of community medicine at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and was appointed as the Founding Professor and Chair of the department. While at Rajarata, he was the chair of the ethics review committee, director of maternal and child health research unit and the lead epidemiologist of the tropical disease research unit. Dr. Agampodi has made an enduring commitment to the development of research capacity in Rajarata through competitive international grants since 2010. He served as a visiting assistant professor in 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)


  • ASTMH Annual Meeting
    New Orleans, United States 2018
    Symposium Co-Chair
  • Vincenzo Marcolongo Lecture
    Atlanta, United States 2016
  • Maternal Health is Women’s Health Launching event of MHTF-PLOS special collection on maternal health
    Boston, United States 2013
    Guest speaker
  • Women Deliver
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2013
    Guest Lecture, 3rd Global Conference
  • Young Physician Leader
    Berlin, Germany 2012
  • Forgoty International Fellow
    San Diego, United States 2011

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
BMC Public HealthAssociate Editor2015 - 2016
Sri Lanka Medical AssociationCouncil Member2015 - 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 Research Council, Ministry of HealthCouncil Member2014 - 2015
National Health Development Commitee, Ministry of Health, Sri LankaCommittee Member2014 - 2015

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