Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom, MD, is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist whose academic focus and professional commitment has centered on issue in reproductive health. She is currently a Professor in OB&GYN at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, also awarded Professor Emeritus from her faculty. She was honoured to receive the title of “Khunying” from the King of Thailand.
Apart from medical teaching, her work has also covered training for paramedic personnel. Professor Limpaphayom has been the project director of JHPIEGO’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Thailand since 2000.The results from this study were published in the Lancet in March 2003. The JHPIEGO project has now expanded to cover more areas in Thailand, countries around South-east Asia and Africa. Most of her initiative in this programme were adopted by the government and subsequently became national policy. She has also contributed to the area of human resource development for several countries since the Department of OB-GYN, Chulalongkorn University is designated as a WHO collaborating centre for Human Reproduction, where she designed and implemented an innovative menopause programme leading to policy changes for well-woman care throughout Thailand.
In addition to her expertise in the field of OB-GYN, Professor Limpaphayom has engaged in several activities concerning medical education at both national and international levels. At the country level, she is the pioneer in setting up the national standard and curriculum in OB-GYN for medical students and residents. She is among the first group who initiated the idea of using provincial hospitals as clinical training centers. The project called “Medical Education for Students in Rural Area Project (MESRAP)”, which was first developed by the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, has become a model for setting up Clinical Medical Education Centres in several provincial hospitals nationwide. Professor Khunying Kobchitt was for two terms as the President of South East Asian Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME), and in this role she was a member of the Executive Council of World Federation for Medical Education. At present, she is adviser to the Institute of Medical Education Accreditation (IMEAc) of Thailand.