Professor M Goonewardene

Senior Professor


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Mobile :0777921051

Office : 0452261601


  • MBBS (Ceylon ), MS Obst / Gyn (Colombo ), FRCOG ( UK.),  FCOG ( SL) Hony.  MGS (Poland)

    Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

    • Vice President, South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2012 – 2015)
    • President, Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2009)
    • Chairman, Board of Study in Obstet & Gynae, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo (2008 – 2012)
    • Member, World Health Organization(WHO)  Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group and several WHO Guideline Development Groups (2010 – 2015)
    • Chairman, Ruhuna Task Force of National Coordinating Committee for Reproductive Health Research

    Recent Publications

    1. Kemper Jessica, Li Wentao, Goni Sherihan, Flanagan Madeline, Weeks Andrew, Alfirevic Zarko, Bracken Hillary, Mundle Shuchita, Goonewardene Malik, et al. Foley Catheter versus Oral Misoprostol for the Induction of Labor: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2021;57(2):215-223.
    2. B Amarasena, M Goonewardene, R Perera, F Rameez.  Oral Misoprostol for 48 hours Versus a Supra Cervical Foley Catheter for 48 Hours for Induction of Labour in Post Dated Pregnancies: A Randomised Control Trial.Ceylon Medical Journal 2021; 66 (1): in print
    3. Dasanayake, D.L.W. and Goonewardene, M. Use of oxytocin for induction of labour. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2020; 42(4): 137–142.
    4. Dasanayake, D.L.W. and Goonewardene, I.M.R. Postnatal care of the woman and her baby during hospital stay; bridging the gap in reproductive healthcare. Galle Medical Journal 2020; 25(4): 141–146.
    5. Dasanayake, D.L.W. and Goonewardene, I.M.R. Thermal endometrial ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding due to endometrial pathology: an alternative to hysterectomy. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2020; 42(2): 68–75.
    6. Gerald Lee Jian Ming, Tey Sze Mi, Lim Tze Keei , Chew Kar Siang , Rajitha Chamath Wickrama , Malik Goonewardene . The Inter- observer variations in syphysio fundal height measurements obtained by fourth year medical students: are they associated with maternal and observer factors? Int e-JSc Med Educ 2019;13(1): 15-25
    7. Malik Goonewardene. Induction of labour in an out patient setting ?  Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2018; 40: 59-65
    8. Malik Goonewardene  Pre induction cervical ripening in an out patient setting .  Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2018; 40: 66-69
    9. Goonewardene IMR, Senadheera DI. Randomised control trial comparing effectiveness of weekly versus daily antenatal oral iron supplementation in preventing anemia during pregnancy . The Journal of Obstetrics and  Gynaecology Research 2018; 44 (3) : 417-424.
    10. Attanayake K  , Munasinghe S , Goonewardene M  , Widanapathirana P,  Sandeepani I,             Sanjeewa L. Gestational  age and  birth weight centiles  of  singleton babies  delivered             normally following  spontaneous labor, in Southern Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal 2018; 63 (1): 17-23.
    11. Malik Goonewardene, Sajith Jayasundara.  Agreement between intra vesicular pressure measurements obtained by two different methods using a simple, low cost, locally assembled manometer system.  Journal of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and  Gynaecology 2017;9 (4): 417-424
    12. Malik Goonewardene. Induction of labour: Oral misoprostol or Foley Catheter? Inpatient or outpatient.Leading Article. Ceylon Medical Journal 2017 ; 62 (3) ; 117-120
    13. M. Goonewardene, M. Peiris, S. Kariyawasam, S. Mallawaarachchi, D. Kadawathage, L.  Sanjeewa, P. Widanapathirana, I. Sandeepani.  Detailed analysis of high caesarean section rates – the second step after audits using the Ten Group Classification System Ceylon Medical Journal 2017 ; 62 (3) ; 149 -158
    14. Diluk Senadheera, Malik Goonewardene, Iresha Mampitiya.  Anemia and iron deficiency in pregnant women attending an antenatal clinic in a  Teaching Hospital in Southern Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal 2017 62 (3) ; 175 -183
    15. Somirathna D, Goonewardene M. Intra cervical  Foley catheter for 24 hours vs three doses of oral Misoprostol for pre- induction cervical ripening in post dated pregnancies : a randomized controlled trial. Ceylon Medical Journal 2017 ; 62 (2) 77-82
    16. Diluk Senadheera, Malik Goonewardene. The agreement between hematological indices obtained from two laboratories. Sri Lanka Journal of  Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2017; 39 (2): 23-26
    17. Gayan de Silva, Rameez MFM, Malik Goonewardene. Validation of the Sinhala translations of the International Consultation on Incontinence Modular Questionnaire and the Kings Health Questionnaire in a group of women  with urinary incontinence and or urgency. International Urogynaecology Journal  2017;  DOI 10.1007/s00192-017-3329-0
    18. M Withanathantrige , IMR Goonewardene. Effects of early versus delayed umbilical cord clamping during ante-partum lower segment caesarean section on placental delivery and postoperative haemorrhage :  a  randomized controlled trial. Ceylon Medical Journal 2017 ; 62 (1): 5-11
    19. Attanayake Kasun, Goonewardene Malik. Outpatient cervical ripening with the nitric oxide donor  iso sorbide mononitrate vaginally , in uncomplicated singleton pregnancies at 39 weeks gestation: a double blind randomized controlled trial. Ceylon Medical Journal 2016 ;61 (4):142-148
    20. Kumarapperuma KAUS, Goonewardene M.  Fetal scalp stimulation tests to improve the value of an admission cardiotocograph. Sri Lanka Journal of  Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2016;38(3) 49-53.
    21. Malik Goonewardene. A Historical Perspective :  Diagnostic challenges in obstetrics and gynaecology in the presonology and cardiotocography era. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2016;38(2) 34-35.
    22. Withanathantrige Manoj, Goonewardene  Malik Dandeniya R, Gunatilake P, Gamage S. Comparison of four methods of blood loss estimation after caesarean delivery International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2016; 135:51-55.
    23. Goonewardene Malik,  Chetiyawardene Imali, de Silva Kalinga Sasika,                Wickramasooriya Jayamini, Amarasinghe Yamuna.Improvements in the Occurrence, Management  and Outcomes of Postpartum Hemorrhage at a Teaching Hospital in Sri Lanka.Journal of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2016;8(2):1-6
    24. Malik  Goonewardene, Balakrishna Bhabu, Imali Chethiyawardhana, Sasika de S.  Kalinga, Jayamini Wickramasooriya,  Ranmalie Dandeniya, et al Increasing Caesarean Section Rates in a Teaching Hospital in Sri Lanka and the use of a Modification of Robson’s Ten Group Classification System for Caesarean Sections. Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Project 2016; 40 (2): 009-015.


    • Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
    • Provided specialist obstetric and gynecological tertiary care services at the Teaching Hospital Mahamodera Galle  (1986 - 2017)

    Postgraduate Supervision

    • PhD, DM, MD, MPhil. MSc – University of Ahmadabad, India
    • PhD, DM, MD, MPhil. MSc – Universities of Colombo and Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

    Chapters and Books of Scholarly Work

    1.  Malik Goonewardene Cord Prolapse. In:  Obstetric and Intra partum emergencies. Arulkumaran S, Chandraharan Eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012, 68-77 (Revised, second edition in print – 2021)
    2. MFM.Rameez , Malik Goonewardene   Uterine Rupture.   In:  Obstetric and Intra partum emergencies. Arulkumaran S, Chandraharan E.  Eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012, 52-58 (Revised, second edition in print –  2021)
    3. Goonewardene Malik. Antenatal cortico steroids in pre term pre labour rupture of membranes. In: Hand book on Pre Term Pre Labour Rupture of Membranes in a Low Resource Setting.  Desai S V, Tank P Eds. Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (Pvt) Ltd. New Delhi 2012, 65 – 71
    4. Goonewardene Malik. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing induced abortion. In:  Prevention of Unsafe Abortion in Asia Oceania Region Reproductive Endocrinology Committee of Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, AOFOG Secretariat, Quezon City, Philippines 2009:  59 - 66
    5. Goonewardene  M. Management of Male Subfertility. Womens' Health-Recent Advances in the Asia Oceanic Region. Jakarta, YBP-Sarwono Prawirohardjo 1995: p 429-432.   
    6. Goonewardene  M. Genetics and metabolic derangements in polycystic diseases of ovary.  In: Womens' Health Proceedings of World Congress on Women’s Health Calcutta, India 2000, Modern Graphica,   Culcutta, p B 58-62.
    7. Obstetric Emergencies-  A Practical Manual by Sanjeewa Padumadasa and Malik Goonewardene CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group, UK, 2021

    Positions Held/Hold or service Rendering/Rendering (University Level/National Level/International Level)

    • Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Medical University, Malaysia. (2017- 2019)
    • Senior Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ruhuna ( 2005-2017)
    • Emeritus Professor, University of  Ruhuna