About the Founder

Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, CCD, CRCP, MACDS, FRCPath, FACP, FACE, FCCP, FRCP, DSc

Dr. Wimalawansa is a clinician-scientist, a faculty member/medical educator for over three decades, a world-renowned expert in endocrinology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, and vitamin D and nutrition. He holds numerous distinctions as an educator, author, researcher, innovator, executive board member, administrator, and philanthropist.

Dr. Wimalawansa started his philanthropic activities when he was in high school in the mid-1960s. He obtained his compassionate thinking and practices from his father (compassionate and highly efficient, senior government administrator), who sponsored education of several poor children. When Dr. Wimalawansa became a medical student in 1970, he expanded these practices, focusing on empowerment of villagers in remote areas in the country. Areas that he engaged included conducting free medical aid programs across the country, programs designed to alleviation of malnutrition and communicable diseases, immunization campaigns, facilitating construction of roads and houses for the poor, women's empowerment programs, Sunday schools educational programs, construction of tube-wells for potable water, provision of clean water and sanitation, micro loaning, and job creations.

Dr. Wimalawansa holds numerous academic credentials, including an MD, PhD, Executive MBA DSc, several British postgraduate degrees and fellowships. In 2000, Dr. Wimalawansa completed a diploma in medical administration at the Johns' Hopkins University School of Business, and in 2006 earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Rutgers University.

Dr. Wimalawansa is one of five former University Professors at the UMDNJ-university, professor of medicine and chief of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, and the director of regional osteoporosis center, at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Jersey. Dr. Wimalawansa has also served as a professor of physiology and integrative biology and pharmacology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Wimalawansa authored several books on subjects including medicine, chronic kidney disease (CKD), nutrition, history, and meditation. Examples are Osteoporosis: Time to Act (in progress) and Vitamin D: Everything You Need to Know (2012), CKD of multi factorial origin (2015). He received multiple awards, including young investigator awards from several professional societies, The Dr. Boy Frame Award for Clinical Excellence in Metabolic Bone Diseases (1993), American Endocrine Society Glen Foundation Awards, and an innovation award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce (2000). In 2005, Dr. Wimalawansa received a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sri Lanka Foundation, Los Angeles, California for his contributions to science, humanity, and society. The International Society for Clinical Densitometry recognized Dr. Wimalawansa’s contributions by awarding him the 2007―Dr. Oscar S. Gluck Humanitarian Award.

He is a retired Air Force squadron leader, the Founding President of several nonprofit organizations, including the International Foundation for Chronic Disabilities (ChronicDisabilities.org); the International Foundation for Revitalization, Empowerment, Education and Development; Hela Bodu/Empowerment Foundation; Wimalawansa Foundation; the Wimalawansa Education Trust Fund for Needy Children, and Organization Promoting Health and Protecting Environment. He is either a current or former board of directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists as well as the New Jersey chapter of AACE, Turner Foundation and Samadhi Foundation, International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and a chair or a member of several national and international scientific committees.

His laboratory and clinical research in pharmaceuticals, peptides, peptide receptors, and metabolic bone diseases was funded primarily by the NIH. He has made many vital contributions to medicine and medical research, including development of once a week bisphosphonates therapy, combination therapies for osteoporosis, a technique to enhance the efficacy of bisphosphonates, and cost-effective therapies such as vitamin E and nitric oxide donor regimens for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. In 1984, Dr. Wimalawansa was the first to develop and demonstrate the value of intra-operative hormone assays using measurements of calcitonin and parathyroid hormones as examples to assist surgical procedures, which is now used worldwide as a standard of practice. He also developed an innovative, highly cost-effective water purification method to provide clean and safe potable water to needy populations, worldwide.

Dr. Wimalawansa has served on several national and international scientific review committees, including the NIH, VA, DEA, and NASA. He has published 170+ peer-reviewed articles, 50 reviews and proceedings, 15 book chapters, and 5 books; has delivered over 200 invited lectures, 50 medicine grand rounds, and 290 scientific presentations, multiple non-medical lectures; and holds 5 medical patents. He is a regular reviewer for several national and international scientific journals and serves several editorial boards.

Recipient of Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sc.) in 2001

Awards, Interviews and Professional Profiles

SL Foundation - Lifetime Achievement Award

Acceptance Speech by Dr. Wimalawansa at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles, 2005

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: Local Doctor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Innovative Medicine, Research and Volunteerism


Master of Many Professions: Doctor, Professor, Athlete and Volunteer Honored by Sri Lanka Foundation


Interview with Dr. Wimalawansa on Vitamin D in the New Millennium


American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors Profile


AACE Physician Registry for Clinical Research


List of University of Peradeniya people: includes distinguished alumni of various fields and distinguished faculty people


Members of the Graduate Faculty of Rutgers


Rutgers Executive MBA Alumni Association Spotlight–Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc


Rutgers Business School EMBA Testimonials


New Jersey Institute of Technology: Spring 2012 Colloquium Series: Lecture on Lifestyle Medicine and Promoting Your Health by Dr. Sunil J. Wimalawansa


Diabetology Profile on MD.com


Profile on ResearchGate


Profile on Skillpages


Profile on LinkedIn


Dr. Wimalawansa Heads Osteoporosis Study at RWJMS;
is First University Professor Recruited to Department of Medicine


The First University Professors Arrived in UNDNJ: Sowing New Research in Many Fields


Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa -- Introduction to Olcott Lecture


Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa -- Member of JDMDC Editorial Board


Oscar Gluck Award for Sunil Wimalawansa


Video: Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa, MBA, MD, PHD


Author Archive for Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa


Visual CV Resume


LinkedIn Profile