Anura Ariyawardana joined the School of Dentistry, James Cook Univeristy, Australia as its pioneering lecturer in Oral Medicine in 2012. He leads the discipline of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology at the school in all spheres of Oral Medicine which includes teaching, research and patient care. He developed the teaching structure for Oral Medicine with vertically iontegrated approach from first year to fifth year of the BDS course. Anura laso has pioneered to develop the Oral Medicine Specialty clinic which enormously beneficial for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning and also for the general public in the Far North Queensland at large.

Anura has over two decades of teaching, research and clinical experience. His career started in 1994 as a lecturer in Oral Medicine at the Facultuy of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, sri Lanka where he has served as a specialist in Oral Medicine and in various capacities as Senior Lecturer and Professor in Oral Medicine.

He had clinical, teaching and research experience in several countries including Sri Lanka, USA, JApan, UK and Australia. He also currently holds Adjunct Senior Research Fellow position at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Gold Coast Campus, Gold Coast, Australia.

He has published widely with over 100 papers in international well reputed journals. He also has lectured widely in international and national forums.



  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • Patient Care: All aspects of Oral and Perioral diseases managed by medical measures.
  • Oral cancer prevention and early detection, Oral Health Related Quality of Life, Oro-facial pain, Temporomandibular Disorders, Oral Mucositis, Oral Complications of Cancer therapy
  • Oral Medicine: Oral Mucosal Disease, Oral Precancer and Cancer, Oro-facial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders, Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease
  • 2016 - Committee member, RACDS (Queensland) (Brisbane, Austrralia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Councillor, IADR Section Far North Queensland (Cainrns, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2016 - Adjunct Senior Research Felllow, Griffith University (Australia)
  • 2005 to 2016 - Member, Mucositis Guidelines Update Group, MASCC/ISOO (USA)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Commonwealth Research Fellow, King's College (London, UK)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Professor in Oral Medicine, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Visiting Scholar, School of Dentistry, New York Univeristy (USA)
  • 2000 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Training Fellow, Aichi Gakuin University (Nagoya, Japan)
  • 1994 to 2000 - Lecturer in Oral Medicine, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
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  • 2014 - Presidential Award for excellence in research 2014 (Sri Lanka)
  • 2010 - Presidential Award for excellence in research 2010 (Sri Lanka)
  • 2002 - Japan International Cooperation Agency Scholarship
  • 2010 to 2011 - Commonwealth Senior Academic Fellow, United Kingdom
  • 2012 - Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dentistry (Oral Medicine)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 48+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Anura Ariyawardana from 2003 onwards.


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