Sampath Wijesinghe, D.H.Sc., M.S., M.P.A.S., A.A.H.I.V.S., P.A.-C.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Sampath (Sam) Wijesinghe is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. A certified family medicine clinician in California’s Central Valley, as well as an HIV and AIDS specialist, he brings expertise as both a clinician and a specialist in HIV and AIDS prevention, management and education. Wijesinghe teaches the clinical skill and primary health care series, including infectious disease and pulmonary medicine.
Wijesinghe has practiced family medicine (pediatrics, adolescence and geriatrics) and HIV medicine for seven years at Adventist Health Central Valley Network in Sanger, where he still practices today also manages both urgent care and chronic patients. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Davis,, he worked as faculty for Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. Wijesinghe also served as a subject matter expert at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Wijesinghe’s clinical interests include primary care medicine, HIV medicine and global health. Primarily, his focus is on primary care and HIV-workforce shortage, electronic health records in primary care and HIV testing and management. Wijesinghe was awarded the HIV and AIDS fellowship research at the American Conference for the Treatment for HIV in 2014. Presently, Wijesinghe is investigating if the HIV provider shortage is a threat for the U.S. health care system.
Wijesinghe’s diverse background consists of clinical expertise, teaching, leadership and management. The American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) recognized him as a clinical preceptor for educating the next generation of physician assistants. He was also awarded a leadership scholarship by the Asian and Pacific Islander Physician Assistants. Wijesinghe’s passion is to help patients who face challenges receiving proper and quality health care. As a result, he chose to work in underserved communities providing primary care and HIV medicine. Both these disciplines face workforce shortage challenges, particularly in rural and underserved areas. As an educator, he hopes to educate future clinicians in regards to quality and compassionate care. He aspires to teach prospective clinicians and lead by example by sharing the gratification clinicians may experience when helping underserved patient populations.
Wijesinghe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. He earned a Master of Science in Management Information Systems with Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and also a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Union College in Nebraska. He completed an HIV and AIDS Clinical Fellowship at UCSF with Fresno Family and Community Medicine in 2014. He completed a Doctor of Health Science with an emphasis on Global Health from A.T. Still University in May 2017.
A highly sought speaker and lecturer, Wijesinghe led lectures at several conferences and events across the nation, including the American Academy of PAs, the California Academy of PAs, the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at Stanford School of Medicine and the Family Medicine Residency Program at UCSF, Fresno. Wijesinghe’s work was published in Physicians Practice, ObGyn educational tutorial, Neurology Times, Nutritional Outlook, Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Network.