CME Program 2007


Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America East Coast Inc Thirteenth Annual

General Meeting and Seminar
“Medicine 2007”

At the New York Hilton and Towers – Avenue of the Americas – New York, NY

Concourse A
On Saturday the 17th of November – 8.30 am-2.00 pm

Program Agenda

Time Progrmme
8.30 am Registration and Breakfast
First Session Moderator – Dr. Gnana Sunderam
9.00 am Welcome Remarks by Dr. Lal Samarasinghe
9.10 am Restless Legs Syndrome – Dr. Miran Salgado
9.25 am Minimal Access and Key- Hole Neurosurgery – Dr. Nath Perinpanayagam
9.40 am Surgical Management of Articular Cartilage Injury – Focus on Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation – Dr. Aruna Milinda Seneviratne
9.55 am New Frontiers in Crohn’s and Colitis – Dr. Ramona Rajapakse
10.10 am Update in Treatment of Colon Cancer – Dr. Anil Ranmali Ponnambalam
10.20 am Changing Epidemiology of Community Acquired Pneumonia-Dr Vel Sivapalan
10.35 am Non Compete Agreement Restrictive Covenant: Hiring Employee – Ty Hyderally Esq
10.50 am Drug Development – Dr. Nishan De Silva
11.05 am Obesity Epidemic: Relevance to Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes – Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa
11.20 Questions And Answers
11.30 am Break, Visit Booths
Second Session -Moderator – Dr. Daya Nadarajah
11.45 am Interesting Cases from the Emergency Department – Dr. Thinesh Dahanayake
12.00 pm Neurogenesis in Relation to Depression – Dr. Tarique Perera
12.15 pm Systemic Manifestations of Ocular Disease- Dr. Sean Lalin
12.30 pm Questions and Answers
12.45 pm – 2.00 pm Annual General Meeting

Target Audience: General Physicians, Dentists and Allied Health Professionals


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the entity and discuss treatment options of RLS
  • Recognize the presenting symptoms indications as well as the scope for minimally Invasive surgery and Key-hole neurosurgery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the long term effects of Allograft Transplants
  • Define the various options of Specialized Therapy
  • Identify the latest treatment modalities for better prognostic outcomes
  • Describe the changing spectrum of Community Acquired Infections.
  • Recommend management and treatment of Obesity which is reaching epidemic proportions.
  • Differentiate symptoms that mimic similar diagnoses when presenting in the ED
  • Develop a new approach to treat and understand Depression
  • Illustrate the types of Ocular diseases occurring with other clinical conditions



This activity has been sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of East Orange General Hospital East Orange New Jersey . The facility is accredited under The Medical Society of New Jersey and designates 4.5 hours in category I credits.


Continuing Medical Education Committee

Selvarani Richards MD
Malik Deen MD
Darshi Sunderam MD
Gnana Sunderam MD
Sunil Wimalawansa MD
Lakshman Denepitiya DDS
Wije Kottahachchi MD
Daya Nadarajah MD
Nath Perinpanayagam MD
Lal Samarasinghe MD
Takshan De Alwis MD


We gratefully acknowledge Pfizer, etc – for their generous support of this educational activity.


Program Faculty

Tarique Perera MD
Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Director Preclinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
Department of Biological Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York N.Y.

Aruna Milinda Seneviratne MD
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
Lenox Hill Hospital
New York NY

Ty Hyderally Esq
Law Offices of Ty Hyderally PC
96 Park Street
Montclair NJ

Ramona Rajapakse MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Clinical Director Gastroenterology
State University of New York at Stony Brook
New York NY

Thinesh Dahanayake MD
Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
Christiana Health Care System
Newark DE

Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, DSc
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Endrocrinology, Metabolism & Nutrition
Director, Regional Osteoporosis Center
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Brunswick, NJ

Nath Perinpanayagam M.D., FRCS(Ed), FACS
Clinical Associate Professor Nurosurgery
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Director Minimaly Invasive Spinal Surgery
St. Luke’s Roosevelt.Beth Israel Hospital
New York NY

Sean Lalin MD
Medical Director
Retina Specialists of New Jersey,Morristown NJ
Clinical Faculty
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.New York NY

Nishan De Silva MD, MBA.
Principal .Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
Warburg Pincus LLC
New York NY

Vel Sivapalan MD
Chief of Infectious Disease
Harlem Hospital Center
NewYork NY

Miran Salgado MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
State University of New York
Health Sciences Center
Brooklyn NY

Anil Ranmali Ponnambalam MD
Medical Oncologist/Director of inpatient Hospice
Community Medical Center,
Tom’s River NJ