Carlo no more

Renowned physician, scholar and outspoken rationalist Prof. Carlo Fonseka passed away in Colombo today.

Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who was related to Prof. Fonseka, announced his passing on Facebook earlier this afternoon.

Prof. Fonseka served as President of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), and Dean of the Kelaniya University Medical Faculty. During his tenure as SLMC President, he was a vociferous critic of the controversial South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), and campaigned actively against it – reminiscent of his campaigns against the equally controversial North Colombo Medical College (NCMC) in the 1980s.

Prof. Fonseka was also a prominent member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP).

He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

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