Resident Physician, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pongtawat Lertwilaiwittaya is a PGY-2 Resident Physician in the Combined Internal Medicine & Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Born and raised in Thailand, he graduated from medical school at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in 2017. During his first year of internal medicine training, he received an NIH-funded grant to attend a month-long International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics at the NIH, Bethesda campus in 2018. Inspired by the NHGRI initiative to help developing nations build human genetics and genomics ecosystem, he decided to pursue further residency training in the United States. During the time prior to US residency, he co-developed local targeted next-generation sequencing for clinical services, built neurogenetics and oncogenetics cohort database, and set up a cancer genetics clinic, all of which laid the groundwork for the incorporation of germline BRCA1/2 genetics testing for all high-risk breast cancer patients under Thailand's Universal Health Coverage. He remains open for potential fellowship training in 2025. He enjoys exploring different cities and natures, tasting local ice cream, and help preparing the next generation for the post-genomics world.