Professor Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong
Prof.Virasakdi has been a medical professor at Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University since 1982. He created great contribution to the foundation of medical study in Southern Thailand. He set up the Epidemiology Unit to support health development in southern Thailand and this unit has been continuously supported by various international agencies due to the hard work in collaborative field research that helped to fine tune the regional health policy and the implementing program. His provocative but constructive criticism in research methodology and his own research output led him to be involved in a number of national and international agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO) where he often served as temporary consultant throughout his academic career.
Prof.Virasakdi also established Institute of Research and Development for Health of Southern Thailand in 2004 for solving and improving health and well-being of people in the South by developing and increasing human resources in public health to work in local communities across Southern Thailand. This brought an initiative of founding PSU Graduate Volunteer Program. Graduate volunteers will be sent to work with communities, local NGOs and local authorities to assist in needed functions. Main focus of Institute of Research and Development for Health is to take part in healing people affected from violence and conflicts in the deep south of Thailand and it will be major placements for PSU graduate volunteers. Prof.Virasakdi also involved in founding other organizations related to deep south healing such as Deep South Coordinator Center which is a academic wing to mobilise academics to solve the deep south problems or The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation where Prof.Virasakdi is now serving as a Chairman.