Lankan Professor knighted
London: Sri Lankan born Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, renowned for his work advancing women’s health and maternity care, was honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced recently in June 2009.
Prof. Arulkumaran, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s, University of London and clinician at St George’s Hospital has been appointed a Knights Bachelor of England for services to medicine.
Sri Lankan born Prof. Arulkumaran was “delighted” at the knighthood, which recognizes his work in maternity care. He says: “I was completely overwhelmed when I received the letter informing me that I would be receiving such an honour.
“The area of medicine I work in brings huge rewards of its own. I began working in obstetrics and gynaecology (which comprises the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women) because I was fascinated by the ‘magic of birth’ and the happy ending in the vast majority of cases for the couple, their family and the staff. After so many years in the same field, I continue to be passionate about this great service and making a difference to patient care and women’s health.“I am lucky enough to come across inspiring obstetricians and gynaecologists from all around the world and every one of them enjoy what they do and are also the champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women.”
Professor Arulkumaran (61) , is originally from Kantharmadam, Jaffna and had his early education at the Jaffna Central College until 1965 and he later joined Mahajana College – 1966 to 67 and subsequently joined the Colombo Medical College and received his MBBS degree in 1972.
Since 1978 he was working in Sri Lanka and later left for London. In London he completed his postgraduate degrees.