Dr. Samankatiwat was inspired to enter his field by his former professor in cardiac surgery, who he credits as one of the greatest surgeons and mentors in Thailand.
He believes that to be successful in the cardiac surgery subspecialty, you not only need to be passionate, but also possess strong-mindedness and superior surgical skills. These traits have served him well as he performed the first successful heart transplant in his hospital last year. He also successfully operated on a one-week-old newborn – the first surviving neonatal patient at his facility after an arterial switch operation.
Dr. Samankatiwat is looked to as a key opinion leader for cardiac surgery and IV care, and is dedicated to sharing his successes with other health care professionals around the world.
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