She received her medical degree and completed her residency in neurology from Chulalongkorn University. She was awarded by the Anandamahidol Foundation and had her fellowship training in cerebrovascular diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. She also received a Certificate in Neurosonology from the American Society of Neuroimaging.
Prof. Suwanwela pioneered the ‘Stroke Fast Track’ program and the use of thrombolysis as well as the establishment of a stroke unit in Thailand. She also had a leading role in the development of a telestroke network in Bangkok for acute stroke management. Her research mainly focused on acute stroke care and stroke care system in Thailand. Recently, she is the principle investigator of a large scale population-based study of atrial fibrillation in Thailand. She is also interested in innovation and technology where she received grants for development of stroke homecare robot and AI for stroke subtype prediction with the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University.
She has received many awards in Thailand including Best Academically Excellent Physician from The Medical Association 2018, Best Personnel (Physician) of the year form King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in 2017, Best Academically Excellent Internist of the year from The Royal College of Physicians in 2014. The Chulalongkorn Comprehensive stroke center received Excellence Award on Quality Improvement Service (Telestroke system for acute stroke treatment) by the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission 2016, Best Practice Award (Telestroke system for acute stroke care) by the Ministry of Public Health 2017, and the Chula Neuroscience Center received Excellence Award on Quality Improvement Service (Teleneurology clinic) by the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission 2020.
She is the current President of the Neurological Society of Thailand. She is also the Vice President of the ASEAN Neurological Association and Executive Committee (Treasurer) of the Asia Pacific Stroke Organization (APSO). She is a Past-President of Asian Stroke Advisory Panel.
She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. She is the author and editor of the 2-volume textbook “Stroke in Asia”.
She is married to an engineer, Jain Charnnarong with 2 children. She is an amateur pianist and enjoys cooking.
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