Reunion in Asia with Dr. Jaru-ampornpan

News // Oculofacial // Resident Highlights // Mar 11 2019

Pictured left to right: Dr. Lucarelli and Dr. Jaru-ampornpan.

Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS, Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery, attended the 2019 International Thyroid Eye Disease Society Symposium in Singapore from February 20-23, 2019. The event presented an opportunity to reunite with Pimkwan Jaru-ampornpan, MD, an outstanding alumna of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) residency program (2012-2015).

During her time at DOVS, Dr. Jaru-ampornpan was one of the participants in the first UW Ophthalmology Residents International Rotation to India in 2015. On this trip, she learned to perform and teach extracapsular cataract surgery, which is rarely practiced in the United States.

Dr. Jaru-ampornpan also spoke at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Oculofacial Service at DOVS in 2016, where she presented “Late Proptosis Following Orbital Fracture Repair.” After ophthalmology residency here in Madison, she completed an oculofacial fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jaru-ampornpan in front of her hospital, Siriraj Medical Center, the oldest and most respected hospital in Bangkok.

Dr. Jaru-ampornpan is the first ASOPRS-trained oculoplastic surgeon to practice in her native country of Thailand. She is putting that excellent training to use both in her practice and in helping to train residents and fellows.

“When Pimkwan arrived to interview for residency at DOVS, she surprisingly already knew that she wanted to pursue a career in oculoplastics. That is exactly what she has achieved.” said Dr. Mark Lucarelli.

Dr. Lucarelli and Dr. Jaru-ampornpan with Siriraj Medical Center in the background.

Dr. Jaru-ampornpan, Dr. Lucarelli and Heidi Lucarelli at the Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok.