My career in medicine focuses on providing medical services to those from impoverished and disadvantaged circumstances. In 1984, after completing my medical and missions training, I accepted an appointment with the International Mission Board of the SBC to work in a rural hospital in eastern Thailand. For 20 years, I directed the Bangkhla Christian Hospital in Chacheungsao province as well as numerous medical and development projects in rural Thailand. During this time, I founded the Thai People’s Welfare Foundation to promote health care and education in rural and underserved areas of Northern Thailand, Burma and Laos. I provided medical students from Thailand, USA, UK, and Singapore with educational opportunities in medical and public health training in rural Thailand. I witnessed a profound impact on the skills and competency of these young physicians, but more importantly, I mentored and modeled the desire in these students to serve the needs of the rural and poor populations around the world.
In the last 12 years, I worked at several medical schools and residency programs to develop programs in rural and global health training. These programs focus on didactic and skill training to mentor and equip new physicians for careers in under-served patient populations in rural Texas and around the world. I currently serve at UNTHSC as Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education administering and developing programs in Global Health Training and rural medical training to increase the number of students at UNT pursuing careers in primary care in medically underserved locations in Texas.