Patrawadee Duangjak, MD and Vichai Duangjak, MD Retired Physicians Creating a Legacy of Caring
April 05, 2021
UH Alumni Association News | April 2021
For Vichai Duangjak, MD and Patrawadee Duangjak, MD, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center was a second home. There, Vichai, an obstetrician and gynecologist for 42 years, delivered generations of children and cared for countless women in the community during the joyous experience of birth and new life, as well as in difficult times during illness. Meanwhile, Patrawadee, a pathologist, headed up Pathology/Laboratory, diagnosing cancer and other serious illnesses.
With such active careers, it was natural for Drs. Duangjak to stay active and productive in what could have been a quiet retirement. Although like everyone, the pandemic curtailed many of their activities, they generously continued to give back in a professional capacity. Both Patrawadee and Vichai are volunteers at UH to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the public.
In addition to their volunteer efforts, they remain devoted to caring for patients, and especially for women. Soon after Vichai’s retirement in the summer of 2014, they established the Women with Cancer Fund for Patient Navigator within UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center which funded a position – a dedicated Women’s Oncology Patient Navigator.
The couple’s personal legacy is all about helping others. Their gift complemented the Patrawadee Duangjak, MD, Endowed Fund for Training and Education at UH Geauga Medical Center, which was established in 2011 to provide ongoing training and continuing education to employees in patient care services.
Retirement has provided Drs. Duangjak with the time to use their professional skills to the benefit of their community. Patrawadee continues to volunteer to serve as Laboratory Inspector for College of American Pathologists, is on the board of the DDC Clinic – Center for Special Needs Children in Middlefield and serves as an advisor to the Royal College of Thai Pathologists. Vichai volunteers at Amish Birthing Center in Middlefield as an advisor and supervisor. He is a devoted Rotarian. From their volunteer work to their charitable efforts, Drs. Duangjak continue to find new ways to give back and uplift their community and profession.