Yong Poovorawan

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Yong Poovorawan
Yong Poovorawan
Born (1950-11-05) 5 November 1950 (age 66)
Bangkok, Thailand
Residence Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality Thai
Fields Pediatric hepatology
Institutions Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Alma mater Chulalongkorn University
Known for Viral hepatitis
H5N1 virology
Notable awards Mahidol University–B.Braun Prize (2003)
Outstanding Researcher Award (1997)

Yong Poovorawan (Thai: ยง ภู่วรวรรณ, born 5 November 1950) is a medical professor in pediatric hepatology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He is widely noted for his research in the fields of pediatric hepatology, viral hepatitis and virology, and is regarded as a subject expert on the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Thailand.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Yong Poovarawan was born on 5 November 1950 in Bangkok, Thailand. The fourth of six children, he is the younger twin brother of Yuen Poovarawan, computer scientist and Vice President of Kasetsart University. As a child, his family moved to Nakhon Pathom, where he attended Phrapathom Witthayalai School. He attended upper-secondary school at Triam Udom Suksa School, and graduated Bachelor of Science in 1972 and Doctor of Medicine in 1974 from Chulalongkorn University.[2]


Yong trained in pediatrics at the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine and completed board certification by the Medical Council of Thailand in 1978. He was subsequently accepted as a faculty member, and received a research fellowship grant at the hepatology department at King's College Hospital Medical School during 1983–84.[3]

He has since worked continuously at Chulalongkorn, mostly focusing on teaching and research, and obtained professorship in 1990. He has served as the head of the faculty's Viral Hepatitis Research Unit and Molecular Biology Research Unit since 1992 and 1996, respectively.


Yong has held a deep interest in research since medical school. He first published in national journals during his first year of residency, and began publishing internationally in 1989, with his work on hepatitis B vaccination.[4] He has had over 450 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals on PubMed database, with over 6,000 citations.[2] with H-index = 36

His works originally focused on the fields of pediatric hepatology and viral hepatitis, especially in applications to the Thai healthcare system, on which such works have had significant impact. Later on they expanded to include virology studies in general. Yong is widely recognized for his work on genetic sequencing and detection of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Thailand, which saw outbreaks beginning in 2004, and is regarded as the national expert on the subject.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Yong has received numerous awards for his contributions to his fields of research, including the following:[3]

  • Outstanding Scientist Award (1997), Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology
  • Outstanding Researcher Award (1997), National Research Council
  • Senior Research Scholar (1997–present), Thailand Research Fund
  • Mahidol University–B.Braun Prize for Medicine and Public Health (2003)
  • Research Citation Award (2003), Thailand Research Fund
  • Outstanding Lecturer Award in Health Sciences (2004), Council of the University Faculty Senates of Thailand
  • Dushdi Mala Medal for medicine (2007)[5]
  • Outstanding Prof. Thailand Research Fund (2012-2014)
  • Research Chair Grant NSTD Research Chair Grant NSTD (2014)

His work on avian influenza in Thailand also received outstanding research awards from the Thailand Research Fund in 2004 and the National Research Council in 2006.

Yong serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatrics, in addition to other national publications.


  1. ^ http://www.mfu.ac.th/mfuic2016/?page_id=393
  2. ^ a b "เปิดใจ "คุณหมอนักวิจัย" ศ.นพ.ยง ภู่วรวรรณ (Interview with Yong Poovarawan)", วงการแพทย์ (The Medical News), Bangkok: Sapphasarn, 2008, retrieved 2009-02-22 . (in Thai)
  3. ^ a b "Prof.Yong Poovorawan (profile)", Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongnkorn University website, retrieved 2009-02-22 .
  4. ^ Poovorawan, Y; Sanpavat, S; Pongpunlert, W; Chumdermpadetsuk, S; Sentrakul, P; Safary, A (9 June 1989), "Protective efficacy of a recombinant DNA hepatitis B vaccine in neonates of HBe antigen-positive mothers", JAMA, 261 (22): 3278–81, PMID 2523981, doi:10.1001/jama.261.22.3278 .
  5. ^ Government of Thailand (13 June 2008), "ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง พระราชทานเหรียญดุษฎีมาลา เข็มศิลปวิทยา (Announcement of the Office of the Prime Minister on the awarding of the Dushdi Mala Medal)" (PDF), Royal Thai Government Gazette, 125 (11B), p. 7 . (in Thai)