Introducing EM in Sri Lanka and the Region

One of the core components of this years’ program will be delivered by our regional colleagues from Sri Lanka and the region.

The focus will be on how Emergency Medicine is developing in this evolving region.

The session will be chaired by two of the major contributors to the DevelopingEM process.

Nat Thurtle is an emergency physician from Sydney via …. everywhere.

She spoke at our very first conference in Sydney on her work with MSF in Northern Nigeria related to the Zamfara lead poisoning disaster and followed this up the next year with a presentation on her stint in Botswana with one of our heroes of DevelopingEM Megan Cox.

Her description of DevelopingEM in a blog article was very kind and we thank her for remaining on board and helping to coordinate this years’ session.


Nat’s co chair is Srilal De Silva a consultant paediatrician at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo. He is a past President of the SSCCEM and the Sri Lankan College of Paediatricians. Srilal has been critical to getting DevelopingEM 2016 up and running and he is co-chairing both the Paediatric and the Global EM track.



Together they have organized a fantastic group of clinicians to discuss the evolution of emergency medicine and critical care in South Asia.

Our regional colleagues are as excited as we are to interact and discuss the challenges we all face in emergency medicine.

Make sure you come and support their efforts.

It’s yet another great reason to come to DevelopingEM 2016.

As an example of what to expect check out Khaled’s Menapal’s presentation from last year. Khaled now works in Holland but he’s originally from Afghanistan and his story is inspirational.



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