Dr. Pannet Pangputhipong graduated from Trium Udom Suksa High School, Bangkok in 1978, acquired his degree as Doctor of Medicine from Chulalongkorn University in 1983, and from the Board of Ophthalmology, Rajavithee Hospital in 1989.

Dr. Pannet is one of the first few Thai ophthalmologists to perform phacoemulsification in Thailand. His learning and thinking ability helped him develop surgical techniques to treat and confront difficult and complicated cataracts which are commonly found in Thailand.

Dr. Pannet has a passion for teaching. He has the ability to simplify his teaching and explain things from the grass roots. He has participated in many live surgeries, teaching courses, and lectures in many countries, including Italy where he received the “Best Surgeon Award” during a live surgery at Dr. Lucio Buratto’s 1998 Video Cataratta symposium. He received the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon Certified Educator (ACE) Award in 2004, the Top of The Pop Award at APACRS 2010, and the APACRS Lim Lecture Award in 2015.

Besides academic services, Dr. Pannet also helps coordinate a national plan to eradicate cataract blindness in Thailand, which has operated on more than 100,000 blinding cataracts each year free of charge since 2003. He received the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology’s Prevention of Blindness Award in 2003 and Thailand’s Outstanding Citizen Award in 2007 from the Royal Thai Government.

To extend his effort to fight blindness as a single surgeon, Dr. Pannet helped establish Mettapracharak Hospital and Eye Institute where he became director for more than 10 years. The hospital is becoming the National Eye Institute of Thailand, with more than 40 ophthalmologists treating thousands of patients every year. The institute also provides training, research, and policy advocacy.

After many years of civil service with good governance, in 2014 he received the Morale and Ethic Award for Government Officer from the Office of the Civil Service Commission and the Transparency Award from the Anti-Corruption Committee. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Physician Award from the Thai Medical Council.

Dr. Pannet Pangputhipong is now working as the Deputy Director General of the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, and the chairman of the National Ophthalmology Service Development Board, which boosts the country’s capability to fight blindness. The services being developed include countrywide cataract blindness screening, DR screening and retinal services, refractive error screening and eyeglass prescription for school children, ROP screening, and corneal transplantation.

Although administrative work consumes most of his time, Dr. Pannet loves to perform surgery and teach residents as a volunteer consultant from 6-8 am every week. This is to balance his own personal satisfaction with the challenges stemming from administrative problems. A dedicated ophthalmic surgeon can help an individual person see, one at a time, but an effective public health policy can help countless people see the world once more.

Summary of Presentations

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Thursday, 03 October 2019
Kongo Room, 3F
15:30 – 15:45hrs
MC12: Mastering Fluidics (15:30–17:00hrs)
- Course Director: Pannet PANGPUTHIPONG
Mastering Fluidics for Safety and Efficiency
Saturday, 05 October 2019
Suiun Room, 3F
11:15 – 11:23hrs S8-1
S8: IRON CHEF – Challenging Cataract Surgery (11:15–12:35hrs)
Multiple Challenges in Phaco
Kyokusui Room, 3F
12:32 – 12:42hrs
APACRS Phaco Essentials – A Video & Didactic Course (11:30 – 13:30hrs)
- Moderator: Abhay VASAVADA, CHAN Wing Kwong, Graham BARRETT, Pannet PANGPUTHIPONG, Rosa BRAGA-MELE
Phaco Fluidics
Suiun Room, 3F
16:45 – 16:50hrs S12-10
S12: WISDOM OF THE SAMURAI – Top Cataract Surgery Tips (16:00–17:30hrs)
(5 minutes video presentation)