Theekshana Fernando began as a project assistant in 2020. Theekshana works primarily as a researcher for the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) projects. He specializes in research that includes legislative research and advocacy, program development and evaluation, and health education.
Prior to accepting his position at CHWS, he worked as a medical doctor at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal for a year before deciding to shift focus from clinical medicine to public health. Theekshana worked as a research assistant at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University at Albany and as a student assistant working for the Maternal Mortality Review Program at the New York State Department of Health. In addition, he also completed 2 professional internships at the New York State Association of County Health Officials and the Community Health Care Association of New York State working on several policy projects.