Weary Dunlop Boonpong Fellowship - Scholars


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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Weary Dunlop Boonpong Fellowship

Since its inception in 1988, over 90 Thai Fellows have been supported to undertake clinical attachments in Australian hospitals through the Weary Dunlop Boonpong (WDBP) Fellowship Program.

The below profiles highlight just a few examples of the experiences and opportunities made possible through the Fellowship program.

Weary Dunlop Boonpong Recipients

Dr Prasit Wuthisuthimethawee

Scholar profilesEmergency Medicine specialist and Trauma surgeon, Dr Prasit Wuthisuthimethawee arrived in Australia for a six-month Trauma Fellowship at the Alfred Hospital in 2012. Working under the guidance of Professor Russell Gruen, Dr Prasit focused his training on the Australian trauma management and patient care system, attaining a number of vital management, leadership and technical skills. He undertook research and was instrumental in the delivery of an international workshop on wound management, hosted by the College during the 2012 Global Burden of Surgical Disease Symposium. The workshop came to a resolution and developed a Consensus Statement on how to manage contaminated wounds in disaster settings, to be promoted in developing countries and disaster prone regions.

Dr Prasit was supported to participate at a number of conferences and workshops during his placement, including the 2012 RACS ASC in Kuala Lumpur and Trauma Quality Improvement Programs in Malaysia and Thailand. Following his attachment in Melbourne, Dr Prasit travelled to Boston to undertake a further 12 month Trauma Fellowship, where he participated in the mass casualty response to the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013. Upon return to Thailand, Dr Prasit plans to establish a high-quality trauma care system at Sonklanagarind Hospital, and improve pre-hospital care. He also has plans to establish a Disaster Preparedness and Learning Center.

(Pictured in blue)

 Dr Jessada Methrujpanont

Scholar profilesIn 2012 Dr Jessada was awarded a six month Fellowship within the Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Department at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. Throughout his Fellowship, Dr Jessada gained valuable knowledge and experience in various complex operative techniques, as well as a broader understanding of diagnosis and treatment techniques for paediatric cardiac surgery patients. Dr Jessada plans to establish a paediatric heart center in the northern region of Thailand to reduce the financial burden for rural patients by increasing the availability of treatment options outside of Bangkok and major centers.

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Dr Achariya Tongsin

Scholar profilesDr Achariya Tongsin was attached to the Paediatric Surgical Unit at Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, between June 2009 and May 2010 under the supervision of Mr Ian Gollow. Dr Tongsin's training was focused on neonatal surgery. She aimed to develop her knowledge and surgical skills in this area in order to prepare herself for the establishment of a Neonatal Unit in her home department at the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Thailand. During this time, Dr Tongsin was involved in a full range of surgical procedures including laparoscopic pyloromyotomy, laparoscopic fundoplication, and thoracoscopic resection of pulmonary sequestration. She also gained experience in surgical cases involving gastroschisis, Hirshsprung's disease and necrotising enterocolitis through time spent in the Neonatological Critical Care Unit. Dr Gollow  reported that the Fellowship was a valuable two way learning opportunity for Dr Tongsin and her Australian colleagues.  

Weary Dunlop Boonpong Fellow Register, 1988 - Present (PDF 73 KB)