2015 Thailand Visiting Professor Program

Location:  Thailand
Dates: March 23-26, 2015


Visiting Professor Program, Thailand, March 23-26, 2015.

Participating Medical Schools:

· Khon Kaen University
· Khon Kaen Hospital and Medical School
· Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
· Phramongkutklao University, Bangkok, Thailand
· Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Aneesh Mehta

Talk title: Treating Ebola in the United States: Lessons Learn

Brief Bio: Dr. Mehta received his M.D. degree at University of Oklahoma and after training in Internal Medicine at Emory University, he went on to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Clinical Investigator track, at the Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During these training programs, he was awarded the Resident Achievement award, twice, and the J. Willis Hurst Fellow Teaching Award. In July 2009, Dr. Mehta joined the faculty of Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and as the Assistant Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Section. In 2013, he was made Associate Chief of ID Services for Emory University Hospital, Wesley Wood Hospital, and Emory University Orthopedic and Spine Hospital

Dr. Mehta’s research and clinical paths have focused on treatment of and protection against infections in immunocompromised hosts, including patients with organ transplants, limb transplants, stem cell transplants, leukemia/lymphoma, cystic fibrosis, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Mehta’s research area is broadly within clinical and translational Transplant Infectious Diseases, with a primary research aim to develop predictive immunologic and virologic signatures of risk for viral diseases in patients receiving immunosuppressive agents. He primarily employs polychromatic flow cytometry to phenotypically and functionally describe subsets of the protective immune system. He is currently the co-investigator and primary clinical investigator on the Protective Immunity Project (PIP), a collaborative research projected between the Emory Transplant Center (Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil), the Emory Vaccine Center (Rafi Ahmed, PhD) and the NIH. Dr. Mehta also serves as a co-investigator and clinical investigator of Project 4 (Rafi Ahmed) of the Emory University Influenza Pathogenesis & Immunology Research Center (IPIRC), is one of five national Influenza Centers of Excellence funded by NIH/NIAID. In this project, the group hopes to discern the differences in immunologic memory elicited by different influenza vaccines. Dr. Mehta also serves at the co-investigator and PI of the Viralogic Monitoring Cores of Emory’s Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT) and Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Clinical (CTOT-C) trials, including CTOT-C02, CTOT-10, CTOT-15, and CTOT-16. Recently, Dr. Mehta has replaced Dr, Allan Kirk as the PI of the Emory Transplant Center’s Immune Monitoring and Assay Development in Organ Transplant Recipients (IMP) and as the Directory of Emory Transplant Biorepository.
Dr. Mehta is also one of the leaders in setting up care team and caring for patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital.

Dr. Cherry Wongtrakool

Talk title: Phenotyping Asthma: The New Horizon

Brief Bio: Cherry Wongtrakool, MD received her B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and her M.D. from Weill Cornell University Medical College in New York NY. She completed an internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship at Boston Medical Center/Boston University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University and a staff physician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Her research interests focus on the effect of nicotine exposure in the lung and its role in the pathophysiology of airway hyperresponsiveness and alveolar macrophage function. She is also interested in the effects of nicotine on prenatal lung development. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Kanokporn Mongkolrattanothai

Talk title: Vancomycin dosing in pediatric patients

Brief Bio: Kanokporn Mongkolrattanothai, MD, is board certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California. She serves as an associate director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, and a pediatric infectious diseases physician at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She received her medical degree from the Chulalongkorn University. She completed pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University, and the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital. Her primary research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, and molecular epidemiology of S. aureus.