The Department of Paediatrics 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.


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To provide adequate training opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes to produce medical officers self-empowered to practice at a primary care level and manage common childhood diseases and health care problems of children in any part of the country.

Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes

We participate in the MBBS degree programme and train students for the exam by coaching them for theory and clinical exams. 

Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes

  • MD Paediatrics (Neonatology & sub specialities)
  • Diploma in Family Medicine (DFM)
  • Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
  • Diploma in Reproductive Health

The Department of Paediatrics is a recognized training center for the following training programmes conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo:

  • MD in Sports Medicine

Teaching Activities

The department conducts the following teaching activities:

  • Daily ward round teaching
  • Clinic based teaching
  • Ward classes
  • Neonatal teaching in Obstetric Unit & Special Care Baby Unit
  • Hands on skills- Neonatal Life Support, Basic Life Support, Communication skills, Simulation based teaching
  • Clinical Lecture Demonstrations by undergraduates
  • MCQ and SEQ discussions 
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures  


The academic department is located on the third floor of the Anatomy building of the Faculty. It comprises a seminar room, skills lab and internet facilities.

The Professorial Unit is located at the Millennium Building of Colombo South Teaching Hospital. A library is available within the hospital for the use of staff and students.

Services to the Community

  • Participation in health education programmes via, television, radio and social media
  • Write ups in newspapers
  • Participation in medical clinics conducted in the community


2022 Prof Guwani Liyanage:

Feeding Infant and Nutrition Study (FINS): Feeding practices and nutritional state of 9-12 months-old infants in the Colombo district

2023 Prof Ruwanthi Perera

Neonatal Sepsis in South East Asia & the Pacific: Qualitative Localization Study, University of Sydney