Sunil J Wimalawansa
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, USA
Dr. Wimalawansa is a clinician-scientist, a faculty member/medical educator for 38 years, a world-renowned expert in endocrinology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, and vitamin D and nutrition. He holds numerous distinctions as an educator, author, researcher, innovator, executive board member, administrator, and philanthropist. In 2000, he completed a diploma in medical administration at the Johns Hopkins University School of Business, and in 2006, he earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Wimalawansa is a former university professor, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, and the director of the regional osteoporosis center, at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Wimalawansa has also served as a professor of physiology and integrative biology and pharmacology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Dr. Wimalawansa’s research in pharmaceuticals, peptides, peptide receptors, and metabolic bone diseases was funded primarily by the NIH. He has made many vital contributions to medical research, including development of once a week bisphosphonates therapy, estrogen and bisphosphonates combination therapies, a technique to enhance the efficacy of bisphosphonates, and cost-effective therapies such as vitamin E and nitric oxide donor regimens for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. In 1984, Dr. Wimalawansa was the first to develop and demonstrate the value of intra-operative hormone assays using measurements of calcitonin and parathyroid hormones as examples, and how they markedly assist surgical procedures, which are currently used worldwide as a standard of practice. Recently, he developed a highly cost-effective water purification method to improve the quality of potable water, applicable in providing clean drinking water to needy populations worldwide.