Madara Ralapanawe

Madara Ralapanawe is one of the pioneers for making state-of-the-art reproductive healthcare available in Sri Lanka. With a Master's degree in Clinical Embryology from Monash University of Australia and currently providing services as Clinical Embryologist at Lanka Hospitals (The Lanka Hospitals Corporation Limited), he has experience in over 400 IVF/ICSI cycles within an year, as well as in patient counseling for fertilization treatment.

After obtaining the Master of Clinical Embryology (MCE) degree from Monash University of Australia, Madara Ralapanawe was the catalyst behind the initiation and thereafter the successful operation of Fertility centre at Lanka Hospitals, as its founder Clinical Embryologist.

He has also gained further qualifications in clinical embryology and reproductive healthcare through a number of trainings around the world, and has published and presented many research papers as well.

He serves now as Clinical Embryologist at Lanka Hospitals (The Lanka Hospitals Corporation Limited).

Qualifications

Master in Clinical Embryology Monash University - Clayton campus, Australia
From: January 2003 - December 2003 (Full time - 1 year).
Graduated on 6th May 2004
Doctor of Medicine (MD) Medical Institute of Vitebsk - Vitebsk, Belarus
From: September 1989 - May 1995
Graduated on 25th June 1995
Completed Sri Lanka Medical
Council Act 16 Exam
Obtained SLMC Registration No: 12689 on 24th September 1997

Training courses and Workshops

  • Towards the Optimal IVF Laboratory.
    Embryo Culture, Quality Control, Vitrification.
    Gotoborg, Sweden.  February 8-10 2010
  • BFS Embryo Transfer Training Course - Robinson College, Cambridge, UK - 2007
  • BFS Pelvic Ultrasound Training Course - Imperial College, London, UK - 2007
  • Workshop on Sperm-Hyaluronan Binding Assay (HBA) - Singapore General Hospital, Singapore - 2006
  • Twelfth Course on Assisted Reproductive Techniques (Hands on)
    Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, national University of Singapore, Singapore - 2000
  • Fourth Advanced Course on Blastocyst Culture for ART (Hands on)
    Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, national University of Singapore, Singapore - 2000

Performance and Skills

IVF
  • Oocyte sorting, Oocyte denuding
  • In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Culture (Vitrolife G series)
  • Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Embryo culture day 3 and day 5
  • Embryo transfer
  • Slow freezing and Vitrification
Protocols
  • Ovarian stimulation and monitoring of follicular growth (Gonal F multidose-fbm)
  • Controlled ovarian stimulation with down regulation COH
  • Modified Natural Cycle IVF (Clomiphene citrate)
  • Frozen Embryo transfer protocols
  • Egg sharing program (Donor egg)
Scans
  • Trans vaginal Scan - Follicular monitoring for IVF
  • Follicular monitoring of IVF protocols (COH and MNC)
  • Endometrial priming for FET/Recipient embryo transfer
IUI
  • Ovulation induction with Clomophene citrate
  • Ovulation induction with Clomiphene citrate and Gonal F (PCO)
  • Follicular monitoring (Day 12 FT scan)
  • Intra Uterine insemination 150 cycles / month
Counseling
  • Patients counseling for fertility treatments (IUI/ IVF and ICSI/FET)
  • Donor egg and Donor sperm IUI and IVF


National and International Symposiums/Conferences

  • First World Congress on natural Cycle/Minimal Stimulation IVF - RCOG, London, UK - 2006
  • 10th International Symposium on Spermatology - San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain - 2006
  • Advances in Sequential media for ART - Colorado Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Englewood, Colorado, USA.- 2006
  • 3rd South Asian Federation of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Conference - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Research and Presentations

  • Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction - Guest Lecture
  • 40th Annual Scientific Sessions - Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    3rd - 4th November 2007
  • Recent Advances in Understanding the Sperm behavior in Male Subfertility - Guest Lecture
  • 39th Annual Scientific Sessions - Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    20th - 22nd October 2006
  • A study to compare success rates of single IUI vs double IUI and single seminal fluid sample vs pooled seminal fluid samples for IUI - Free paper
  • 38th Annual Academic Sessions - Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    29th - 31st July 2005
  • The success rate of Intra Uterine Insemination in unexplained subfertility in relation to sperm counts and motility in unprepared seminal fluid samples - Free paper
  • Wonka-Mesar Conference, Hotel Galadari Meridian, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    7th - 10th November 2002
  • To assess the effectiveness of HydroSalpingo Sonography in establishing tubal patency - Free paper
  • 35th Annual Academic Sessions - Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    23rd - 25th August 2002
  • HydroSalpingo Sonography - A new technique to establish tubal patency - Free paper
  • Annual academic Sessions, faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka
    27th - 28th July 2001