Saroj Jayasinghe

Emeritus Professor of Medicine
at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Saroj Jayasinghe is a practicing consultant physician in Sri Lanka, and a former Chair Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians (London), and the National Academy of Science of Sri Lanka (NASSL). He has extensive publications in clinical medicine, medical education, medical devices, and medical humanities. His more recent work spans complexity science, systems thinking, and rhizomatic thinking, and includes application of systems thinking urban health, pandemics, psychology, and clinical medicine. He was a member of the Science Committee on Urban Health and Wellbeing of ISC. He was recognized globally and ranked among the top 2% of scientists according to standardized citation indicators from Stanford University.

Currently, Jayasinghe chairs the Research Arm of Sri Lanka’s National Science Foundation, with a focus on transdisciplinary research. He initiated collaborations between NASSL, INGSA, and the InterAcademic Partnership to advance Institutionalization of Science Advice to Governments and advocates for Ethics in Science Diplomacy.

He pioneered medical curriculum reforms in Sri Lanka, introduced medical humanities to medical education and leads a regional initiative by the WHO to integrate humanities to health professional education.

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