Anaesthesia is an established discipline with worldwide recognition of its role in teaching, clinical service and research. The role of the specialty expands in the operating theatres, peri-operative care of surgical patients, Critical Care Medicine and Intensive care Units in looking after critically ill patients, Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation services, Pre-operative assessment clinics and Post-surgical and Chronic pain services.
The new academic Department of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna was established in accordance with the gazette notification issued on 01st December 2016. (Government Gazette- Extraordinary- No: 1995/26 on 01.12.2016). This was the 15th academic study department in the Faculty of medicine, University of Ruhuna.