2012 Newsletter



Dear All Thai-American Physicians:

         This year is very special, for it is the second decade of the founding of the Thai-American Physicians Foundation. This year, TAPF held the 3rd. second-generation Thai-American physicians meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, sponsored by Emory University, the CME was on the topic of “Advances in Pediatrics & Medicine” and was held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Hotel with great success. There were about 100 CME and non-CME attendees, including young Thai physicians from Thailand. Everyone, old and young, got to know each other well, including some “third generation” children. Several good ideas from the meeting discussions will be implemented to improve the work of the foundation. TAPF became an important liaison for our young physicians from Thailand who seek training in the U.S. Thank you to our members who dedicated their time endlessly to help them. We are currently planning the 4th. second-generation meeting, which will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on July 5-7, 2013. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy in “Show Me State” St. Louis. The CME will again be sponsored by Emory University.  Please visit “TAPF FaceBook” for the details.

         At present, among the TAPF Board of Directors, there are 17 second-generation Thai-American physicians: Romsai Boonyasai, M.D., Suphamai Bunnapradist, M.D., Panithaya Charoenthaitawee, M.D., Vasana Cheanvechai, M.D., Bert Lopansri, M.D., Pia Pannaraj, M.D.,M.P.H., Wanda Phipatanakul, M.D.,M.S., Pisit Pitukcheewanont, M.D., Scott Lorch, M.D., Viranuj Sueblinvong, M.D., Vithida Sueblinvong, M.D., Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D., Natthawat Tanphaichitr, M.D., Kelan Tantisira , M.D., Ph.D., Cherry Wongtrakool, M.D., Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul, M.D. and Paula Wichienkuer, M.D.

Financial Report: At the present time we have a total of $557,787.89  in the foundation’s  account. The endowment funds are $565,995.64 (9.7% increased). There are some expenses need to be deducted from the interest of that fund.  In addition, we have $16,450.00 in scholarships and other funds that need to be distributed in the near future. Please see the Exhibit for details. All fund principal is in very safe, low-risk investments.

Board of Directors Meeting: The first semi-annual meeting and golf tournament will be held in Las Vegas on April 13 (Saturday), 2013. You are invited to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Play golf and go to see fabulous shows. If you seek tax-free retirement living, there are plenty of inexpensive houses and condominium. Please see the attached Exhibit.

Trip with TAPF:  In last October, we traveled to China & Yangtze River which everyone very much enjoyed. In May, 2013 we already have about 32 people signed up for “The Best of France” trip and are looking forwards to see both Paris and the rest of the country including Monaco. Also in October of 2013, we will arrange the trip to the most beautiful “China: Jiuzhaigou(จู-ไจ้-โก), Chengdu  & Shangri-la”.  The announcement will be sent out next year.

         To close, all TAPF officers would like to express our sincere thanks to all Thai-American physicians who have supported and share the vision of our foundation. TAPF would like to wish you and your family happiness and good health throughout the year.


From the Officers:

Supote Phipatanakul M.D., Wuthisak Soonattrakul, M.D., Co-Chairs; Meechai Puntumabumrung, M.D., Niranat Dejtiranukul, M.D., Prapand Apisarnthanarax, M.D., Co-Vice Chairs.; Bob Limpi, M.D., Chotchai Srisuro, M.D., Co-Secretaries; Kongsak Tanphaichitr, M..D., Treasurer