President’s Message

Dear all,

It is a great honour and respect to address you through our college website as the 37th president of this esteemed organization.

In brief, a society for Obstetricians & Gynaecologists started in 1953. It had a final change in its name in 1972 to be present day, the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. I would like to thank the immediate past President, Prof Sanath Lanerolle and his council and all the past presidents for their excellent contribution to improving maternal and women’s care during the past five decades.

SLCOG is the only professional organization in Sri Lanka representing specialists in the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. It is this one and only professional body with almost all qualified specialists, uplifting the well-being of women, pregnant mothers and adolescents. SLCOG also promote clinical governance comparable to world standards to provide the state of the art care for those who are needy.

I have planned to commence the SHO training program, initially started by Dr Ananda Ranathunga, Prof Pradeep De Silva and Prof Sanath Lanerolle, on Caesarian sections and obstetrics emergencies to help the Ministry of Health improve the quality of care. This program will be supported by the Ministry of Health.

SLCOG will be focusing more on clinical Audit and Research as important as part of governance. The Ministry of Health supports clinicians in engaging in clinical research. This mission is fulfilled by the Ministry of Health and National Research Council. SLCOG has planned to establish a Centre of Clinical Excellence under the guidance of the National Research Council with the view of securing the research governance.

As the 37th President of SLCOG, I pledge my fullest support for these advanced programs during my tenure, and I will help them to launch these at the national level.


Prof Senani Hemantha Dodampahala


President – Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

President’s Message