Chandi Ratnatunga

Visiting Fellow


Chandi, born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, qualified in medicine from the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1980. He trained as a cardiothoracic surgeon and took up his first consultant post at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in 1994, before moving to Oxford in 1999. He was the Clinical Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Oxford between 2000 and 2009.

More recently he has reduced much of his clinical work to take on an increasing managerial workload. Appointed as an Associate Medical Director of Oxford University Hospitals Trust, he is responsible in an ambassadorial role to develop relationships and partnerships between the Trust and external institutions and thereby, develop the Trust’s future strategy.

As part of this, he developed and was responsible for the application to create the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which was successfully designated in April 2013. The AHSN covers a population of 3.2 million in a geography that includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, together with parts of Bedfordshire and Swindon. Its partnership extends to 8 NHS provider trusts, 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups, 9 universities, several County Councils, 3 Local Enterprise Partnerships and over 100 life science industrial organisations. Its aim is to deliver best healthcare to its population and accelerate the implementation of clinical innovations that produce better value healthcare.

He has taken on the post of SRO of the AHSN Best Care Programme, which uniquely contains 10 Clinical Networks. In addition he is responsible for the AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption Collaborative and for the Continuous Learning work stream.  Within this work stream, in partnership with funding from Health Education Thames Valley, Oxford AHSN has  introduced a Fellowship scheme for a MSc. in Evidence Based Health Care for the coming academic year in conjunction with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Department of Continuing Education.