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SLF Int, USA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Professor Ajit Yoganathan for his excellence in his contributions to Cardiac Surgery and Bio Medical Engineering

Professor Ajit Prithiviraj Yoganathan was born on December 6, 1951, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Son of Ponniah and Mangay (Navaratnam) Yoganathan, he received a Bachelor of Science in 1973 from University College, University of London. In 1974 as a graduate student, he became interested in the functioning of natural and replacements of heart valves, and then went on to receive Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering in 1978 from the California Institute of Technology. He then joined the engineering faculty at Georgia Tech in 1979.

Over the subsequent 40+ years, “Ajit,” as he is called by his colleagues and friends, has pioneered the field of applied cardiovascular engineering and through collaborations with clinicians and basic scientists has demonstrated the value of applying basic engineering science to develop and evaluate novel technology and devices that have benefited millions of patients.

His work has used experimental and computational biomechanics methods to study native and artificial heart valves, the structure and function of the heart, and has applied these techniques to not only help us understand the hemodynamics of complex congenital heart disease but also develop new surgical procedures to optimize the cardiovascular dynamics of these children’s hearts. The mission of his laboratory is “to provide answers to life-saving clinical questions using engineering approaches.”

The famous icon of Rock & Roll, Mick Jagger is alive today as he received in the spring of 2019 in a New York City hospital, and Prof Yoganathan had led the testing of every prosthetic heart valve design on the U.S market for safety and effectiveness. His Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (CFM Lab) has served as a valve approval site for the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for four decades. Prof Yoganathan invented the sciences of prosthetic heart valve engineering in that lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979. It is his signature achievement and the primary reasons for his 2015 induction into National Academy of Engineering. He and his fellow lab members have had a profound influence on valve design including the advanced model in Jagger’s chest.

As the inaugural recipient of the Honorary Fellowship Award, the AATS has chosen Ajit P. Yoganathan, PhD, the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and Regents’ Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.

As a teacher, Dr Yoganathan has mentored more than 50 doctoral students, 35 master’s students, and 30 postdoctoral trainees, many of whom have now gone on to become important leaders in their own right. He played a pivotal role in the creation of Georgia Tech’s master’s and PhD degree programs in bioengineering as well as the joint PhD in Biomedical Engineering with the Emory University School of Medicine. In 2005, he was awarded the Theo Pilkington Award for his contributions to Biomedical Engineering education by the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2010 he was appointed the Founding Editor in Chief of Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, the newest journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society, which in 2015 was accepted to PubMed. He currently has 16 issued US patents, with another 5 patent applications under review, and to date has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and 40 book chapters.

Click on the link below to watch a Special Symposium in Honor of Dr Ajit Yoganathan:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l2iH8csHPQc

SLF Int, USA Donated Medicines & Medical Consumables to Kahawatta Base Hospital

On Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 Sri Lanka time at 2.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgent medical consumables and medicines, to the Kahawatta Base Hospital in the Ratnapura District.

This is the seventh project completed by SLF and we continue to receive many more requests from hospitals across Sri Lanka for Urgent Medical Consumables and Medicines.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors for their continuous support!

For more information contact:
Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

SLF Int, USA Donated the Urgent Medical Consumables & Medicines, Second Request to Theldeniya Base Hospital

On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 Sri Lanka time at 3.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgent medical consumables and medicines, to the Theldeniya Base Hospital in the Kandy District which was their second request to save lives.

This is the sixth project completed by SLF and we continue to receive many more requests from hospitals across Sri Lanka for Urgent Medical Consumables and Medicines.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors for their continuous support!

For more information contact:
Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

SLF Int, USA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Professor Asgerally (Asgi) Fazleabas for his excellence in the Research of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Professor Asgerally Fazleabas is a student of St Thomas College, Gurutalawa and Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka. He received his initial diploma in Agriculture at the Aquinas University College in Colombo, Sri Lanka and earned his Bachelor of Science at the California State University in Fresno, California, then after received his Master of Science, Dairy Science and Reproductive Physiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

He became interested when he was in 8th grade in boarding school. One of the things that he did was work in a farm at the school and one of his responsibilities was to monitor the incubator where chicken eggs were being hatched. He had to candle the eggs by holding them up to the light to see if they were developing properly. He was fascinated by how quickly the blood vessels developed and that in a matter of a few days he could see a beating heart. Seeing these amazing developmental process really got Prof Fazleabas interested in Science & Developmental Biology.

Dr Asgerally Fazleabas received his Ph.D degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Florida. Following his training, he joined the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he held the rank of Professor and Director of Women’s Health and Reproduction. In 2009, he became a Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and Co-Director of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at the Michigan State University.

Dr Fazleabas is an expert in female reproduction and his research focuses on critical cellular events during pregnancy. In his distinguish career he has published over 200 manuscripts, several of which appeared in Biology and Reproduction. He received the 2010 & 2016 Society for the Study of Reproduction Distinguish Awards. He has also served on numerous NIH Study sections and as 2009-2010 President for the Society of the Reproduction.

Some of his originality in research consist of pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge, including the development of creative and innovative hypotheses, which he developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight. Created new knowledge to expand the understanding of reproductive biology and/or extended the application of knowledge to technology.

Thusitha De Silva Celebrates his 50th Birthday in the Mindfulness Meditation Center, Covina, California

On April 2nd, 2022, a large crowd including friends and family gathered at the Mindfulness Meditation Center in Covina, California, to celebrate Mr. Thusitha De Silva who reached 50 years of age on March 10th.

Mr. Thusitha De Silva was born in the town of Balapitiya, Sri Lanka. He graduated from Thurstan College Colombo, Sri Lanka, and presently works for the US Postal Services. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his beautiful wife Sudarshani and two children Parami and Lithum.

He is a well-known figure within the Sri Lankan Community in the USA. During Thusitha’s younger days he had a passion for playing rugby and cricket at Thurstan College; however, soon that changed after he migrated to the USA. In 1999, when he began associating with Dr. Mudalinayake Somarathna, Bhadrajee Mahinda Jayathilaka, Sunethra Sarathchandra, Kisagothami Sarathchandra, Somi Rathnayake, and Linton Semage he became involved in many stage dramas in the USA.

Mr. De Silva was the President of the Sri Lanka Arts & Drama circle in 2004 and the Vice President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California in 2006. Additionally, he has remained a member of the working committee at the Sri Lanka America Buddha Dhamma Society since 2010.

Mr. De Silva sponsored, organized, and produced his first musical concert in Los Angeles in 2005 to promote Sri Lanka’s Baila Maestro Nihal Nelson. Since then, there was no looking back for Mr. De Silva when it came to continuing his found passion. He has currently produced 32 successful Sri Lankan concerts and dinner dances. Mr. De Silva has sponsored well over 200 professional artists, band members, and dance troupes to make their presence in “USA & Canada” tours all the way from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Foundation Int, USA donated urgently requested Albumin Bottles to the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Pediatrics Hospital in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

On June 6th, 2022 Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgently requested 100 Vials of Albumin which is a life saving drug to the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Pediatrics Hospital in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

This is the fifth project completed by SLF and we continue to receive many more requests from hospitals across Sri Lanka for Urgent Medical Consumables.

Dr Aruna Herath, the Consultant Pediatrics Chest Specialist of the Pediatrics Hospital sent the Ambulance to pick up the Albumin Bottles from the Delmege Forsyth Co LTD location in Colombo.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors that made a difference to this life saving situation. Also our sincere thanks to the President of the Capital City Rotary Club of Colombo, Randika Piyasiri the owner of J-Tech and Adrian Schockman, the CEO of Delmege for their assistance with the delivery and on going support to find the necessary medicines and Medical Consumables with short notice.

SLF also would like to convey a special thank you to the ITN TV Network Creative Director, Sandaruwan Jayawickrama for his support to do a special coverage of the project that was broadcasted in the Headline News . Click the link below to watch the program.

https://youtu.be/qrQEwCD2LUA

Please click the link below to listen to Dr Aruna, the Consultant Pediatrics Chest Specialist of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Pediatrics Hospital.

https://youtu.be/efwnXDBxSYI

Please click on the link below to donate as we have received many more requests from Hospitals across Sri Lanka:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KY287N6MD8ZJ8

For more information contact:

Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

SLF INTERNATIONAL, USA DONATED URGENTLY NEEDED BLOOD BAGS TO THE NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE CENTER IN COLOMBO

On Wednesday, May 25th, Sri Lanka time at 12.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgently needed blood bags to the National Blood Transfusion Service Center in Colombo to save lives. The entire country has been experiencing a severe shortage of the triple and quadruple blood bags due to the present crisis.

This is the fourth project completed by SLF and we continue to receive many more requests from hospitals across Sri Lanka for Urgent Medical Consumables.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors that made a difference to this life saving situation. Also our sincere gratitude to the President of the Capital City Rotary Club of Colombo for his assistance with the delivery and on going support.

Click on the link below to donate as we have received many other urgent requests. Need your support!!!!

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KY287N6MD8ZJ8

For more information contact:
Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

SLF International, USA Donated Urgent Medical Consumables to Theldeniya Base Hospital

On Saturday, May 20th, Sri Lanka time at 2.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgent medical consumables to the Theldeniya Base Hospital in the Kandy District to save lives.

This is the third project completed by SLF and we have received many more requests from hospitals across Sri Lanka for Urgent Medical Consumables.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors that made a difference to this life saving situation.

Click on the link to listen to a special message of appreciation from Dr Roshana Mallawarachchi, Consultant Anesthetist of the Theleniya Hospital.

https://youtu.be/kSOCY7ZL_ZE

Click on the link below to donate as we have received many other urgent requests. Need your support!!!!

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KY287N6MD8ZJ8

For more information contact:
Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

Million Smiles Program to help the Hardest hit Institutions in Sri Lanka

Million Smiles:

“Million Smiles” Program – At a time of economic turmoil in Sri Lanka, the hardest hit institutions are orphanages dependent on public donations. This is just the beginning of our ‘Million Smiles’ program. There are thousands of such institutions where you could be of help, and our goal is to be a partner to help bring a smile to those innocent souls.

THANK YOU!

https://www.giveinmay.org/story/7n5jxe?fbclid=IwAR2BQUMslWr9QJf2NQRhDdjedPJG2STiTnbGklIcjTW_HRX7foWD902DIEU


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SLF International, USA Donates Urgent Medical Consumables to Sirimavo Bandaranayaka Specialized Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya

On Friday, May 6th, Sri Lanka time at 3.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgent medical consumables to the Sirimavo Bandaranayaka Specialized Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya to save lives.

Dr Aruna Herath, Pediatrics Pulmonologist accepted the most needed medical items in large quantities such as Sildenafil 50mg, Laryngeal mask airways 1.5,Laryngeal mask 2.0, Syringe 10ml, Urine catheters 6,Umbilical catheters 3.5(PVC), Umbilical catheters polyurethane 3.5, Umbilical catheters, E.T Tube 2.5/3/3.5/4 with great appreciation as many children were in a life and death situation due to the shortage.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors that made a difference to this life saving situation.

Also our sincere thanks to the President, Lanny Lin of Capital City Rotary & his Team for facilitating the delivery and other support extended to execute this project in Sri Lanka.

Click on the link to listen to a special message of appreciation from Dr Aruna Herath.
https://youtu.be/o29sE-LzzfU
Click on the link below to donate as we have received many other urgent requests:
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KY287N6MD8ZJ8
For more information contact:
Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or shirani@srilankafoundation.org
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org