2011: Issue 1

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M.D. Focus

M.D. Focus
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Bumrungrad welcomes new doctors.

Take an up-close look at the individual specialties and backgrounds ofsome of the recent additions to Bumrungrad’s medical team.

Providing the highest standards of patient care requires a hospital-wide commitment and  professional expertise. Bumrungrad continues to strengthen its team of over 1,200 world  class doctors by recruiting physicians of the highest caliber, offering outstanding professional credentials and advanced training across the full spectrum of medical sub-specialties.

Dr. Prinyarat

Prior to joining Bumrungrad, Dr. Prinyarat spent seven years of her career in the US. She received specialized training in Pediatric Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine while treating many children suffering from neuromuscular disorders.


Q: What advice have you received that you’ve been able to put into practice?

A: In caring for patients, it’s important to foster a feeling of goodwill, to treat each patient with care and respect, and to fulfill my duty of giving every patient my best effort. I try not to complain or blame others. The best advice: Know when to ask for help.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

A: One of my medical school professors taught me that taking care of patients required a blend of art and science. For me, the toughest challenges areearning a patient’s trust and making sure I’m able to give each patient the best possible solutions for their individual situation. This is what the “art” of
being a doctor is all about for me.

Q: How helpful is technology in your area of specialty?

A: Technology is very useful when it comes to organizing information such as medical records. Technology lets me take huge amounts of information, referencematerials and pictures with me whenever and wherever I need it. Technology now has a larger role during the treatment process, and it’s helping patients gain a better understanding of their particular condition.

Dr. Chantawat
Dr. Chantawat has over 20 years’ experience as a gynecologist. He did advanced training in female cancers and pelvic surgery in Austria and Germany. He is an experienced proponent of newer, less-invasive techniques for gynecological surgery
Q: What has impressed you most since joining Bumrungrad?
A: Bumrungrad is clearly one of the best hospitals in Thailand. It is managed in a very organized and systematic way both for doctors and patients. It’s
hard to choose only one impressive thing; I feel very fortunate to be part of many wonderful experiences here.
Q: Have there been major changes or significant
advances in gynecology during the years you’ve been practicing medicine?
A: Back when I was a student, surgery was almost always highly invasive requiring large incisions. In fact, the instructors made a big deal about scolding students whose incisions were too small.
In the past ten years or so, surgical techniques have greatly improved, and many surgeries now require only very small incisions. Hi-tech equipment and robotic cameras are in wide use for treatments and operations. I find it fascinating to be living in these important, fast-changing times. And specifically for oncology, the introduction of the cervical cancer vaccine – the first-ever vaccine against cancer – was a major milestone.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received that you actually put into practice in your work?

A: Sometimes the best solution to a difficult problem is found by going down the path that isn’t normally taken.


Dr. Suresh
Dr. Suresh spent his early years with the UNHCR, providing much-needed medical care to refugees at a crowded camp on the Thai-Cambodia border. As a cardiologist,
his expertise and caring manner have helped many patients return to good health after serious heart problems.
 Q: What has impressed you the most since joining the Bumrungrad staff?
A: You can feel the efficiency and the vast amount of expertise just by walking
around the hospital. I’m constantly reminded what a great decision it was to join the
staff here when I see the quality of care that patients receive.
Q: What made you decide to become a cardiologist?  
A: The greatest challenge for me is when a patient is in a life-or-death emergency situation. At such a critical moment, the patient’s survival often rests on a doctor’s
decision. In addition to critical care, a cardiologist also has a responsibility to make patients who are at risk for future heart problems aware of their situation and
give them knowledge and support on preventive care and lifestyle modification. Seeing good outcomes first-hand gives me a great deal of satisfaction.    
Q: How has the field of cardiology changed in recent years?  
A: Since Dr. Andreas Gruentzig first introduced balloon angioplasty in 1977, cardiology has seen tremendous progress and change. Many techniques first used in cardiology are now helping treat other conditions such as brain artery diseases. Nowadays, as soon as a patient experiences the first signs of a heart attack, these new technologies can be put to use right away to help save the patient. Other advances, like the use of stents, have made treatments easier, safer and more effective.


Dr. Wichean
Dr. Wichean spent more than 20 years specializing in hematology, including two years at the renowned Mayo Clinic in the US as a clinical and research fellow. He is
considered a pioneer in half-identical bone marrow transplantation, an advanced treatment that has helped many patients suffering from Thalassemia and leukemia.
Q: What has impressed you the most about working at Bumrungrad?
A: Bumrungrad has an outstanding academic atmosphere that encourages staff to learn and expand their knowledge, not only in their field of specialty but in other areas as well. It’s very similar to the atmosphere at the Mayo Clinic, which is one of the world’s leading medical institutions. The reputation Bumrungrad enjoys, our doctors’ vast medical expertise, and the high standards of care are recognized throughout the international medical community. Bumrungrad is truly a renowned medical center, and I’m very proud to be here.
Q: What area of hematology do you find most intriguing?
A: When I was in medical school, I was required to teach a course that included other medical students along with internal medicine residents and hospital fellows. Having to teach hematology as part of my everyday training made me realize what a vast field this really is, with so many different diseases.
What really got me hooked was bone marrow transplantation – especially “half identical” cases (in most cases, the tissues used in bone marrow transplantation must be 100% fully identical to the patient). I also came to realize that “textbook” learning didn’t always boost my practical knowledge; real life experience, especially in the field of cancer treatment, is a much better teacher.  
Q: What aspect of your work challenges you the most?  
A: There are many! For one, the best decisions and the best treatment options for one individual patient aren’t necessarily the best for other patients. I’m constantly challenged by the desire to help patients and their families more fully understand their particular health situation and what to expect during their treatment.


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