Department of Oral Pathology

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Prof WM Tilakaratne

Dean & Professor of Oral Pathology

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Faculty of Dental Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka

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Dean and Professor of Oral Pathology
President, International Association of Oral Pathologists

    BDS (Sri Lanka)
    MS (Colombo)
    FRCPath (UK)
    PhD (Japan)
  • Lecturer (1992-1996) : University of Peradeniya
  • Senior Lecturer (1996-2004): University of Peradeniya
  • Professor of Oral Pathology (2005 to date): University of Peradeniya
  • Senior Lecturer 2005 – 2007) Queen Mary: University of London
  • Professor of Oral Pathology (2010-2011) :Queen Mary, University of London
    1. President Research Award 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
    2. CVCD Excellence Award for the Most outstanding Senior Researcher in Health Sciences including medical, Dental Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Allied Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, 2014.
    3. KSM Life Time Health Research Award and Oration 2012.
    4. “Sir Thomas Key Sidey visiting Professor” Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2013.
    5. Visiting Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Malaysia, 2015/16
    6. Visiting Professor to University of Niigata, Japan, 2005
    7. Visiting Professor to Manipal University, India 2016-2018
    8. Member Board of Study in Dental Surgery, 2001 to 2015
    9. Member Sri Lanka Medical Council, 2015 to date
    10. Member Board of Study, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 2015 to date
    11. Member, Standing Committee for Medical, Dental and Allied Health Sciences, University Grants Commission
    1. Councillor for Asia at the International Association of Oral Pathologists, 2008-2012.
    2. President Elect: International Association of Oral Pathologists 2014-2016
    3. President International Association of Oral Pathologists 2016-2018
    4. Dean Faculty of Dental Sciences 2015-2018
    5. Founder Director, Centrefor Research in Oral Cancer
    6. Chairman Smokeless Tobacco Subcommittee at National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol
  • Bazarsad S, Zhang X, Kim KY, Illeperuma R, Jayasinghe RD, Tilakaratne WM, Kim J. Identification of a combined biomarker for malignant transformation in oral submucous fibrosis. J Oral Pathol Med. 2016 Aug 6. doi: 10.1111/jop.12483. [Epub ahead of print]

  • RP Ekanayaka, WM Tilakaratne. Oral submucous fibrosis : Review on mechanisms of malignant transformation. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Pathol, Oral Radiol 2016;122 (2),192–199.

  • L.A.H. Jayasinghe, P.M. Peiris, WM Tilakaratne, A.M. Attygalla, R.D. Jayasinghe, M.A.M. Sitheeque, B.S.M.S. Siriwardena. Clinically malignant exophytic lesions in the background of oral submucous fibrosis: report of 5 cases. 2016;122 (2),210–215. DOI:

  • WM Tilakaratne, Rasika Priyadharshani Ekanayaka, Saman Warnakulasuriya Oral submucous fibrosis: A historical perspective and a review on aetiology and pathogenesis. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Pathol, Oral Radiol August 2016;122, (2),178–191.

  • RP Ekanayaka, MPB Herath, RD Jayasinghe, MAM Sitheeque, H Amarasinghe, WM Tilakaratne. Intralesional corticosteroids as a treatment for restricted mouth opening in oral submucous fibrosis. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Pathol, Oral Radiol 2016;122, (2) 224–231.

  • Siriwardena BSMS, Jayathilake DSY, Pitakotuwage TN, Illeperuma RP, Kumarasiri PVR3, Attygalla AM, Peiris HRD, Tilakaratne WM. Demographic and Histopathological Differences of Oral squamous Cell Carcinoma; Analysis of 4394 Cases from Sri Lanka. J Clin Exp Oncol 2015; 4:4

  • PGCL Nanayakkara, WL Dissanayaka, BG Nanayakkara, EAPD Amaratunga, WM Tilakaratne. Comparison of spatula and cytobrush cytological techniques in early detection of oral malignant and premalignant lesions: a prospective and blinded study. 2016 Apr;45(4):268-74. doi: 10.1111/jop.12357

  • Illeperuma RP, Kim DK, Park YJ, Son HK, Kim JY, Kim J, Lee DY, Kim KY, Jung DW, Tilakaratne WM, Kim J. Areca nut exposure increases secretion of tumor-promoting cytokines in gingival fibroblasts that trigger DNA damage in oral keratinocytes. Int J Cancer. 2015;1;137(11):2545-57. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29636

  • RMAR Rajapakshe, RWPallegama, PR Jayasooriya, BSMS Siriwardena, AM Attygalla, S Hewapathirana, JU Werasinghe, DK Dias, WM Tilakaratne. A retrospective analysis to determine factors contributing to the survival of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma. J of Cancer Epidemiol, 2015 Jun;39(3):360-6.