Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin (BHN) opened in November 2011.
Both the Thai and International communities have embraced the hospital and the ever-increasing number of patients who visit our Emergency room and out-patient clinics witness the appreciation of the Hua Hin community.
Dr Somarch. the Medical Director, has recruited a team of personable, well-trained doctors to work at the hospital. Almost all of them have worked in the flagship hospital in Bangkok before coming to Hua Hin. This close association with the Bangkok Hospital in Bangkok is an important part of our structure and we like to say that we are a new hospital with forty years of experience.
The first to join us was Dr Thawatchai. After initial medical school training in Thailand he continued his surgical training in the USA. He did full residency training in Detroit, Michigan and became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. He settled in Florida where he practiced surgery for thirty years in hospitals in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. He performed a very wide range of surgery and is an ideal person to head our surgical department because of the wide scope of his surgical abilities. His main interest is in surgery in the abdomen: Removing the appendix, gall bladder, repairing hernias and treating cancers of the breast and colon are his areas of greatest expertise. He has an easy-going manner and is perfectly fluent in English.
Our second returning expert is Dr Kitti Loychusuk who arrived to head the Women’s Health Department. He is a graduate of Mahidol University and trained as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in New York State. He practiced there for 40 years and was a Professor at the Stoneybrook. University Medical Center and is a Board certified specialist in the USA. He took extra training in minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopes and hysteroscopes. Dr Kitti has returned to his homeland and is determined to bring the expertise that he acquired in America to our new hospital in Hua Hin.
Dr Kitti is a relaxed easy to talk to person and is, of course, totally fluent in English. The Women’s Health Center will provide both preventative and active care. Dr Kitti says that he is pleased that so much technical excellence will be available at the hospital and that minimally invasive surgery; Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy will be available. From adolescence to menopause, Women’s medical needs will be taken care of at BHN.
Both Dr. Thawatccai and Dr Kitti are very experienced in performing minimally invasive surgery using the Laparoscope. We have performed operations, including removing the Gall Bladder, through the ‘scope. This enables the patient to leave hospital within one or two days after surgery.
Our latest addition is Dr Varachati Soonjinda. A superbly trained and experienced Children’s doctor. After graduating in Medicine from Mahidol he served his internship in Thailand. He then went to New York and trained in Pediatrics at the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine and its associated hospital in the Bronx. He trained for eight years in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatal Intensive care. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
He practiced for forty years in New York and Florida in hospital and private practice. In 2005 he returned to Thailand and worked in Phuket for three years before returning to work for the Indian Health Service in the USA caring for children in the Aboriginal communities.
We are very fortunate that Dr Varachati has joined the staff of our Children’s care department. His wide range of experience means that he can care for children from their moment of birth, through their childhood and into adolescence. His skills with the care of premature babies is very welcome as it strengthen our Maternity services. These three doctors with their international training, their fluency in English and years of experience are a welcome addition to our staff. They will complement our enthusiastic younger doctors bringing great maturity to our staff.
Starting December 2011, the BH is providing another new service. A very experienced gastro-enterologist from Bangkok is visiting weekly and performing Colonoscopies for the detection of bowel cancer.
By Dr. Michael Moreton