Sunil J Wimalawansa
Professor and Director, Department of medicine
Wood Johnson Medical school, USA
Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, MACDS, CCD, CRCP, FRCPath, FACP, FACE, FCCP, FRCP, DSc, is a Professor of medicine and the former chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School & Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; and professor of physiology and integrative biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, graduate school of biomedical sciences. In 2000, Dr. Wimalawansa completed a diploma in medical administration at the School of Business, Johns Hopkins University and in 2006 earned an executive masters in business administration from Rutgers University.
Dr. Wimalawansa’s most recent scientific books are “Osteoporosis: Time to Act” and “Vitamin D. Everything you need to know.” He received young investigator awards from several professional societies, the Dr. Boy Frame Award for Clinical Excellence in Metabolic Bone Diseases (1993), multiple American Endocrine Society Glen Foundation Awards, and an innovation award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce.
He is the founding-president of several non-profit organizations, including the International Foundation for Chronic Disabilities (ChronicDisabilities.org); the International Foundation for Revitalization, Empowerment, Education, and Development (I-FREED); the Hela empowerment foundation, international; the Wimalawansa Foundation; and the Wimalawansa Education Trust Fund (WETF) for Needy Children. He is on the board of directors of Turners Foundation, Samadhi Foundation and a member of the National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs and a retired Air Force squadron leader. In 2005, Dr. Wimalawansa received a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from an international organization for his contributions to science, humanity, and society. The International Society for Clinical Densitometry recognized Dr. Wimalawansa’s humanitarian contributions by awarding him the 2007 Dr. Oscar S. Gluck Humanitarian award.
Dr. Wimalawansa’s research contributions that were funded primarily by the NIH are in the fields of pharmaceuticals, peptides, peptide receptors and metabolic bone diseases. He has led original clinical studies of once a week bisphosphonates therapy, combination therapies of estrogen and bisphosphonate, a technique to enhance the efficacy of bisphosphonates, and cost-effective therapies such as vitamin E and nitric oxide donor regimens for osteoporosis. He serves on several national and international scientific review committees, including NIH, DEA, and NASA. He is a board director, chair or member of several national and international scientific committees and has published 130 peer-reviewed articles, 46 reviews and proceedings, 15 book chapters and 4 books; has delivered 190 invited lectures and 260 scientific presentations, and holds 6 medical patents. He is a regular reviewer for more than 20 national and international scientific journals and serves on several editorial boards. Recently, he developed a highly cost-effective water purification method to improve the quality of potable water, applicable worldwide and provide potable water in developing countries.
Endocrinology; Metabolism; Nutrition.