Shanthi Mendis, MBBS, MD, FRCP, FACC

Geneva Learning Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Mendis is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Public Health. She is an independent consultant in Global Health and adviser at the Geneva Learning Foundation. She served the World Health Organization (WHO) as Senior Adviser, cardiovascular disease and other noncommunicable diseases for 20 years. She was Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sri Lanka when she joined the World Health Organization on a Rockefeller Global Health Leadership Fellowship. During her tenure in WHO she has led and overseen the development of global action plans (2013), global reports (2014), global conferences and many technical guidelines on noncommunicable diseases. She also was responsible for the implementation of innovative multi-country projects on noncommunicable diseases to strengthen primary health care policy and research capacity in developing countries. Having completed her internship in Bristol, England, she had her post graduate training in the UK and USA. She practiced medicine in the UK and USA for 8 years.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She was awarded National Honours (Sri Lanka) for contribution to Medical Research in 2005. In 2014 she was elected to life-membership of the World Stroke Association. In a medical career spanning 42 years, she has gained extensive experience in global health, medical education and implementation research. She has co-authored several books, many book chapters, and published over 150 peer-reviewed papers.