2012 All Chapters Convention


June 2012

Important Update (6/22/12)

The Hilton Hotel, the place for 2012 TPAA All Chapters Convention in Dallas, is now full.
We have negotiated a new hotel deal at the Hyatt Place that is about a 2 minute walk to the Hilton.
The room rate is $99.00 using the code “TPAA”.  Reservations need to be made on or after 6/24/12 to receive this rate.
The Hyatt’s Place phone number is  972 691 1199.

Updated CME Agenda:

“Update in Internal Medicine”

Sponsored by Thai Physicians Association of America, Southern Chapter and Thai Physicians Association of America Foundation

Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26 East
Grapevine, TX 76051

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2:00PM – 2:15PM        Introduction
S. Chris Malaisrie, MD

2:15PM – 2:45PM        “How to Connect with Patients to Decrease Lawsuits and to Increase Quality of Care”
Andy Kahn, MD
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
Baylor Health Care System

2:45PM – 3:15PM        “How the Common Cold leads to Sinus and Ear Infections”
Tasnee Chonmaitree, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Disease
UT Medical Branch

3:15PM – 3:45PM        “Aging and Your Kidneys”
Verachai Lohavichan, MD
Attending Physician, Metrolina Nephrology Associates
Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine & Nephrology
Carolinas Medical Center – Mercy

3:45PM – 4:00PM        Questions and Panel Discussion
Moderator: Niphon Sudhivoraseth MD

Sunday, September 2, 2012

2:00PM – 2:15PM        Introduction
S. Chris Malaisrie, MD

2:15PM – 2:45PM        “Emergencies in Radiation Oncology”
Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Division of Radiation Oncology
University of Pennsylvania

2:45PM – 3:15PM        “Current Management of Osteoarthritis”
Dan Sepdham, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
UT Southwestern

3:15PM – 3:45PM        “Management of Common Pediatric Allergies”
Wanda Phipatanakul, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Harvard Medical School

3:15PM – 3:30PM        Questions and Panel Discussion
Moderator: Usah Lilavivat, MD

Program Director:
S. Chris Malaisrie,MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Co-Program Directors:
Niphon Sudhivoraseth MD
Pisit Rangsithienchai, MD
Usah Lilavivat, MD

Faculty List:
Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD
Tasnee Chonmaitree, MD
Verachai Lohavichan, MD
Andy Kahn, MD
Wanda Phipatanakul, MD
Dan Sepdham, MD

Please click here for a PDF of the agenda

May 2012

Registrations forms are now available.  Mailing instructions are included in the general registration form.

January 2012

Dear TPAA members,

On behalf of the TPAA Southern Chapter, I would like to extend our warm invitation to join us for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Texas may not be as exciting as Las Vegas, but we are famous for our Southern hospitality which can only get better when coupled with our own Thai hospitality.  We are determined to make your visit as enjoyable and comfortable as possible with various activities planned for every taste and interest.

Our agenda includes:

  • Seminars with CME category 1 credit presented by 4 to 6 outstanding Next Generation Thai physicians
  • Sight-seeing tours in Dallas and Fort Worth including:
    • Kennedy’s assassination site and museum
    • American Airlines Arena
    • Cowboys Stadium – the biggest football stadium in USA
    • Western town of Stockyards and Western World
    • Fort Worth’s Botanic and Japanese Gardens
    • The Dallas Arboretum
  • Karaoke for amateur singers and music lovers (days and late nights during the whole weekend)
  • A golf tournament for members, families and interested individuals on Texas’ charming golf courses
  • Cowboy Night Party with an outstanding local Thai Band and western atmosphere
  • A gala banquet with a well known Thai musical band and singers from Chicago, along with an exciting evening program with famous Thai star singers to be announced later
  • A trip to Winstar – the 2nd biggest Casino in the USA

Our social goals for this meeting include:

  • Greeting old friends who are retired or ready to retire
  • Having fun and chatting about things in the past
  • Meeting new friends and getting to know people in our organization especially the younger members and their families
  • Creating unity and cooperation among Thai Physicians in USA and everywhere

As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and we would love to make this the biggest and friendliest TPAA event of all.

I look forward to seeing you this Labor Day weekend.


Pairoj Pratumrat, M.D.

Please click here for a PDF of the announcement