Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien

Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien is a senior advisor to the International Health Policy Program (IHPP) in the Ministry of Health in Thailand. He has a medical degree from Mahidol University, Thailand, after which he spent nine years working in various rural district hospitals in the poor under-served northeast Thai-Laos border province of Thailand. Dr Tangcharoensathien has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine which focused on Community Financing in poor urban areas in Chiangmai. He received Woodruff Medal in 1991 for haveing the outstanding PhD thesis.

Dr Tangcharoensathien co-founded IHPP in 1998 - a program which aims to strengthen institutional capacities in health policy and systems research in Thailand. He was also involved in the systems design of the 1991 Social Health Insurance and 2002 Universal Health Coverage Scheme.

Dr Viroj received the Edwin Chadwick Medal from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the generation of evidence on how to improve health systems in the interests of the poor. He has published more than 100 articles in international peer reviewed journals.