Year Milestone
1979 Founding of ESSL.
  • Prof Carlo Fonseka – President
  • Dr A Nimalasuriya – Secretary
  • Dr R Sheriff – Treasurer
1980 Pituitary gland removal for growth hormone extraction. The use of growth hormone for short stature at short stature clinic of ESSL at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo.
1994 Dr Kamani Tennekoon – President
Dr S.Dissanayake – Secretary
Prof M.T.M. Jiffry – Treasurer
Dr Devaka Fernando – Editor
1995 President – Dr H.N.Rajaratnam (1995 – 2003)
Secretaries – Dr Chandrika Wijeratne (1995 – 1999) & Dr Udul Hewage (2000 – 2003)
Treasurers – Prof M.T.M.Jiffry (1995)
Prof Devaka Fernando (1996 – 2000)
Dr Saroja Siriwardene (2001 – 2003)
Monthly clinical meetings started at National Hospital. Document to establish Endocrinology as a sub speciality presented to Ministry of Health, Board of Management PGIM, Board of Study in Medicine, Boards of Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
1996 Committee established to draw up curriculum
  • Dr H.N.Rajaratnam (Chairman)
  • Dr Devaka Fernando (Secretary)
1996 First volume of “Endocrine Update” by Dr H.N.Rajaratnam published.
1998 Endocrinology accepted as sub speciality. Prof Devaka Fernando as the first Coordinator of the Sub Speciality training Committee.
2004 Paediatric Endocrinology established. President – Prof Chandrika Wijeratne
Secretary – Dr Noel Somasundaram
Treasurers – Dr Saroja Siriwardene (2004)
Dr Sumeda Wijeratne (2005 – 2006).
2004 Clinical meetings extended to the Provinces.
2005 Symposia at Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Lanka
Medical Association (SLMA) and Ceylon College of Physicians (CCP) arranged by ESSL
2005 Joint meetings with Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics and Association of Oncologists.
2005 New constitution adopted.
2006 Sri Lanka Initiatives in Diabetes Education (SLIDE) and Task Force for the Prevention of Diabetes (TFPD) inaugurated.
2006 “Endocrine Day” in conjunction with SLMA and CCP
2006 “Diabetes Day“established.
2006 “Diabetes Walk” held.
2007 First Patron of the ESSL – Dr.H.N.Rajaratnam.
2009 President – Prof Upali Illangasekera Secretaries
  • Dr Gnani Somasundaram 2007 – 2008
  • Dr Prasad Katulanda 2009 – 2010
  • Dr Sumedha Wijeratne 2007 – 2008
  • Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya 2009 – 2010
2009 First Annual Academic Sessions held in Colombo at Taj Samudra Hotel.
2009 First oration of the Society the “Dr H.N. Rajaratnam oration” delivered by Prof Chandrika Wijeratne at these sessions
2010 Second Annual Academic Sessions held in Kandy.
2010 Editorial Committee of the Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (SJDEM) appointed with Dr P Katulanda as Convenor.
2011 President - Dr Noel Somasundaram Secretary - Dr Charles Anthonypillai Treasurer - Dr Sajith Siyambalapitiya Editor - Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya
2011 First issue of SJDEM published with Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya as Editor.
2011 First full time administrative Assistant to ESSL appointed.
2011 First “Thyroid Day” held.
2012 3 Guide lines in Thyroid Disease released.
2012 2nd “Thyroid Day” held.
2012 Introduction of the Mace, Cloaks, Presidential meday, Past President’s medal at the 2012 Annual Sessions
2012 Web site of the Society inaugurated.

Past Presidents of the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka ( From 1979 to 2015 )

Prof Carlo Fonseka

President 1979 - 1993

Prof Kamani H Tennakoon

President 1994

Dr Henry N Rajaratnam

President 1995 - 2003

Prof Chandrika Wijeyaratne

President 2004 - 2006

Prof Upali Illangasekara

President 2007 - 2010

Dr Noel Somasundarum

President 2011 - 2012

Dr Prasad Katulanda

President 2012 - 2014


Past Presidents of Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists ( From 2015 onwards )

Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya

Founder President 2015-2016


Past Councils



Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya


Dr Charles Anthonypillai


Dr Prasad Katulanda


Dr Dimuthu Muthukuda


Dr Dharshini Karuppiah


Dr Manilka Sumanatilleke


Dr Niranjala Meegoda Widanege


Dr Sajith Siyambalapitiya
Dr. Chaminda Garusinghe


Dr Henry N. Rajaratnam (Patron)


Prof Chandrika Wijeyaratne


Dr Noel Somasundaram


Prof Shamya De Silva

Dr Navoda Atapattu

Prof Sarath Lekamwasam

Prof Sisira Siribaddana

Dr Aruna Kulathunga

Dr Bawantha Gamage

Dr Renuka Jayathissa

Dr Meliyanthi Gunatillaka