The Department of Surgery was established in 1995. The academic department is situated within the Faculty premises while the Professorial Unit is located at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital.


Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes

We participate in the MBBS degree programme.


Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes

We are also a recognized training unit for the MD in Surgery postgraduate course conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo.


Teaching Activities

The department conducts the following teaching activities for undergraduates and postgraduates:

  • Daily ward round teaching
  • Clinic based teaching
  • Ward classes
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures in Phase II of the curriculum
  • Skills training sessions
  • Theatre sessions
  • Emergency admissions based teaching
  • Endotherapy session based teaching
  • Journal Club
  • Clinico Pathological Conferences



The academic department is located within the Anatomy Block of the Faculty.

The Professorial surgical unit at Colombo South Teaching Hospital has male and female wards with a bed strength of 40 each and well equipped Endoscopy and Endotherapy units. The Endotherapy unit which has been in existence since 1997, is considered as a national referral unit for advanced therapeutic endoscopic surgery. A hospital based Clinical Skills Development Centre & Laparoscopy training centre were also developed by the department.


Services to the Community

The following clinical services are provided at the University Surgical Unit of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital:

  • Four full day elective and emergency operating sessions per week.
  • Two outpatient clinics per week.
  • Wound care clinic.
  • Oncosurgery clinic.