Lives of the fellows

Ponnambalam Kulenthiran

b.16 June 1932 d.? April 2007
MB BS Ceylon(1958) MD(1963) MRCP(1971) FRCP(1990)

Ponnambalam Kulenthiran was a consultant physician in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was born in Kallar, Batticaloa, in what was then Ceylon. His father was Sinnathamby Ponnambalam; his mother, Mary Gnanathiravium Ponnambalam, was a housewife. He was educated at Trinity College, Kandy, and then Ananda College, Colombo. He went on to study medicine at the University of Ceylon, Colombo, qualifying in 1958.

He was first a house officer at the General Hospital, Batticaloa. Then, between 1959 and 1961, he held house posts in general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology and ENT surgery. From 1966 to 1967 he was a registrar on the medical unit, Colombo Faculty.

Between 1968 and 1969 he was an honorary clinical assistant to John Stokes [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web] at University College Hospital, London. He is then presumed to have returned to Ceylon, where he practised as a physician.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1990 he listed rugby, football and tennis as his interests.

In 1958 he married Sivapackiam, a paediatrician. They had three children – Narendran, Ashokumar and Subashini – and two grandchildren, Aatheesan and Janarthan.

RCP editor

[Sunday Observer 15 April 2007 – accessed 8 July 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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