Celebrating The Legacy of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla:

A Century of Progress in Public Health and Medicine in Thailand

Goal: To Commemorate His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla's arrival in Massachusetts and to strengthen the longtime relationship of Massachusetts and Thailand

Thursday August 25, 2016

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University Longwood Campus

10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115
, The Minot Room, 5th Floor,

Overflow Room with Video Link

Morning: Public Health and Medicine in Thailand: The Past, Present, and Future

Posters, Panels, and Presentations by the Global Thai Community



07:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM

Opening/Welcoming Remarks, Cholthanee Koerojna- KTBF, Joseph Brain- HSPH, Usah Lilavivat- TPAA

Session I: Medicine

Chair: Usah Lilavivat, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CDE

Sumter Medical Specialists, PA

08:15 AM

Development of Medical Education in Thailand and the Role of Thailand on Medical Education among ASEAN:

Prasit Watanapa, MD, PhD, FRCS, FACS

Dean, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

08:40 AM

Chronic Hepatitis B&C: ASEAN Perspective:

Teerha Piratvisuth, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

09:05 AM

Precision medicine in Thailand & opportunities for international collaborations: Vorasuk Shotelersuk, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

09:30 AM

A legacy of leadership for women's health in Thailand and throughout Asia:

Unnop Jaisamrarn, MD, MHS

Associate Professor in Ob/Gyn, Associate Dean for International Affairs, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

09:50 AM

Coffee Break

Session II: Public Health

Chair: Usah Lilavivat, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CDE

10:05 AM

Improving Ethical Models for Global Health:

Alan Gorr, PhD MPH

Professor of Public Health, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Thai Nurse Association of Illinois

10:30 AM

Digital Dentistry:

Jenny Chang, DMD, DMSc

President, Chang Dental Group, Natick, MA

10:55 AM

Liver Fluke-associated Cholangiocarcinoma: Milestones of Tackling a Unique Public Health Challenge of Northeast Thailand:

Banchob Sripa, PhD

Professor and Head, Tropical Disease Research Center, Chair, Tropical Medicine Graduate Program, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

11:30 AM

Vector Birth Control: A New Strategy to Fight Vector-Borne Diseases:

Pattamaporn Kittayapong, PhD

Director, Center of Excellence for Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University at Salaya, Thailand

11:50 AM

Concluding Remarks

12:00 pm

Luncheon, Sack Lunches Distributed Outside the Minot Room and Eaten in the Minot Room, Allen Room, or Outside in the Courtyard

Afternoon: Public Health and Medicine in Thailand: The Past, Present, and Future

Global Experts Provide a Perspective

Symposium by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Thai Physician Associations of America

1:00 PM

Opening Ceremony and Welcome:

Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn, MD

President, Mahidol University, Thailand

Scott Podolsky, MD

Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Unveiling of the restored portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla:

Thai Representative

Marshall Greeting to the Kingdom of Thailand from Harvard University:

Joseph Brain, SD

Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Prince Mahidol's Legacy:

Sir Michael Gideon Marmot, FBA, FMedSci, FRCP

Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College of London, London University, United Kingdom;

President of the World Medical Association;

Visiting Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;

Prince Mahidol Award recipient, Thailand

1:30 PM

Session I: Medicine and Nursing

Chair: Scott Harris Podolsky, MD

The Role of Nursing in Medicine and Public Health:

Simmons College Representative, Boston, MA

New Strategies for Medical Education:

Edward M. Hundert, MD

Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Strengthening Thailand's Health Systems: Lessons Learned from the Second Decade of Thailand's Universal Health Coverage:

Borwornsom Leerapan, MD, PhD, SM

Assistant Professor, Mahidol University, Thailand

2:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:00 PM

Session 2

Chair: Joseph Brain, SD

Universal Healthcare in Thailand and Asia: Prevention and Public Health:

Rifat Atun, MBBS, MBA

Professor of Global Health Systems and Director of Global Health Systems Cluster, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Inner-City Asthma Prevention:

Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Director, Asthma Clinical

Unsolved Health Problems in Asia:

Lincoln Chen, MD, MPH

President, China Medical Board, Cambridge, MA

Public Health in Thailand:

Panel of Past and Future Thai Students

Thailand's Role in Promoting Health Among Asian Neighbors:

Somsak Pitaksanurat, PhD

Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Sastri Saowakontra, MD, DTM&H, PhD, DSc

University Council, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks by the Thai Physician Association of America, Thai Nurse's Association & KTBF

5:00 PM

Reception, Performance in the Lahey Room

7:00 PM

Thank you and reception and buffet dinner by invitation

Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health , 677 Huntington Avenue, FXB Lobby, Boston, MA 02115


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), City of Gloucester, Thai Physician Associations of America (TPAA), and Thai Nurses Associations of Illinois (TNAI), From Thailand: Prince Mahidol University (MU), Chulalongkorn University (CU), Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Khon Kaen University (KKU)



Significance :

August 27, 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla's arrival in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Prince Mahidol came to study Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (formerly The Harvard-MIT School of Health Officers, The Harvard-Technology School of Public Health). In Gloucester he stayed at Hotel Moorland near the Headquarter of Siamese Legation at 3 Page Street. The house at 3 Page Street is now one of the historic homes in the Trail of Thai Royalty in Massachusetts that KTBF placed the historic plaque to mark the history of the summer Siamese Legation Headquarter and the residence where Prince Mahidol spent much time during his stay before entering Harvard.

Gloucester is a long time summer residence of the Siamese legation for more than 50 years since 1897. In the past the legations of many countries including Siam relocated their offices to Gloucester in summer from May to October. There are still many existing residences where the Siamese legations stayed in the past.


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