Saturday, 26 June 2010

clinical genetics workforce in Thailand

Clinical genetics is a relatively new and neglected medical branch especially in developing countries like Thailand. The budgets are limited, the awareness of people are low. Actually, genetic disorders play important roles in human health ranging from dysmorphology, abortion, reproductive problems, inborn errors of metabolism, neurodevelopmental disorders, late-onset genetic disorders such as Huntington disease, spinocerebellar degeneration and cancer which have subset with inheritable with highly penetrance.

There is no formal training for this specialty as the graduate level in Thailand. The teaching in medical school is mainly basic medical genetics. The clinical genetics experiences are provided in some medical schools which have clinical genetic service. There are only handful numbers of trained medical geneticist in Thailand.

I attempt to collect the update workforce of medical geneticists in Thailand in order to persuade and activate the policy makers and human-resource planners to reconsider this orphan medical specialty.

Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

Department of Pediatrics
1. Professor Vorasak Shotelersak, MD, FACMG
2. Associate Professor Kanya Supapeetiporn, MD, PhD, FACPed, FACMG

Department of Medicine
3. Lecturer Prasit Phowthongkum MD

Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University, and Siriraj Hospital

Department of Pediatrics
4. Lecturer Nitiwat Watanavijarn, MD, FACMG
5. Lecturer Ajchara Satiankitjakarnchai MD, FACMG

Department of Medicine
6. Lecturer Chanin Lomwongse MD, FACP, FACMG
7. Lecturer Manop Pitakpakorn MD, FACP, FACMG

Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University, and Ramathibodhi hospital

Department of Pediatrics
9. Associate Professor Duanrudee Wattanasirikunchai, MD, FACMG

Department of Medicine
11. Associate Professor Tanyachai Sura, MD, MRCP (UK)
12. Lecturer Objoon Trachoo, MD, PhD

Medical College, Pramongkut and Pramongkut hospital

Department of pediatrics
13. Col. Mahattana Kamolsilp MD
14. Col Boonchai Boonyawat MD
Department of medicine

Queen Sirikit Children Health Institute and Children hospital
16. Clinical Associate Professor Suthipongse Pankanond MD, FACPed, FACMG

Rajanukul Insitute
17. Veerayut Prapanpoj MD, FACMG

NB: This list is not comprehensive list.