World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference

Dr. Michel Landry

Chief, Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University Medical Centre
United States


Dr. Michel D. Landry is Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, at Duke University Medical Centre in Durham North Carolina. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME), at the University of Toronto (Canada). He is also the Injury/Rehabilitation Consultant at World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal. He is a proud French Canadian, a hockey fan, a Past-President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a former Career Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He lectures widely on rehabilitation across Canada, the United States and internationally.

Prior to receiving his doctoral degree in HPME at the University of Toronto, he held clinical and senior management positions within the private rehabilitation sector in Ontario, and within international humanitarian aid and development agencies in Central America and Eastern Europe. Dr. Landry has spent much of his career as a health policy and health services researcher, where his research focus has been developing forecasting methodologies specific to rehabilitation health human resource across the continuum of care. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in a variety of roles including physical therapist, program manager and consultant related to global health initiatives. Dr. Landry has received many awards and recognition nationally and internationally.


Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe

(Executive Director) Consultant Physiotherapist -Physio Life Care-Sri Lanka,
(Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Research)
Sri Lanka

Dr. Sujeewa is a Former Visiting Lecture University of Colombo & Clinical Supervisor – University of Peradeniya and the former Chief Physiotherapist-Army Hospital, Panagoda, Sri Lanka, & Sri Lanka Army Cricket pool. He us a life Member –SLSP, Former comity Member and a Popular Physical Medicine Educator (TV Program) & a Journalist. He has done presentations in WCPT, AWP, Acpt, Congress -2013 (!-98, 2-163). He has published more than 200 Paper articles. He was awarded Purna boomi, East- North Combat, Armed Force Long Service, Reviresa Operational, East Operational, North Operational, Sri Lanka Swarnajayanthi & SL Army Swarnajayanthi, Meddles by SL Government for Excellent Service.

Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu

Senior Physiotherapist – National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Secretary (International Affaires) – Charted Society of Physiotherapy,
Sri Lanka

Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu is a senior physiotherapist of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. He graduated from the School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and the Open University of Sri Lanka and obtained further education from Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has completed trainings in life support for physically disabled of the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan, teaching for health professionals of the National Institute of Health Sciences and stroke rehabilitation of the Sri Lanka School of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

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Dr. Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna as plenary speaker for WDRC 2018

Dr. Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna

Title:” Advocating for the Integration of PWD in Mainstream Society. The Philippine PWD Experience.”

Dr. Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna is a SPED professor, and an advocate of the integration of children with special needs in society.  He is also a social, human capital and organizational development consultant, educator, trainer and researcher with expertise on curriculum design, organizational development, project development &   operational management of Corporate Social Responsibility events and social and community development initiatives, research & evaluation, educational television, special education and therapy for children with disabilities.

Aside from his professional engagements, he finds time to help children with disabilities by providing psycho-social rehabilitation treatment through a community-based program which he brings to the provinces with low disability awareness level. He founded and currently the president and managing director of Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc., a multi-awarded volunteer service organization, the prime project of which is the psycho-social rehabilitation of children with various disabilities and training of service providers and volunteers in response to programs intended for these children.

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