Thailand(Army), Kingdom of
Assoc Prof Chumpol Piamsomboon MD
8 Phaya Thai Road, Ratchathewee
Basic Tasks of Medical Service
• Medical Specialist Staff advisor to Chief of Army on all
• Command Soldiers Performance Centre.
• Define its research policies of Armed Forces Research
Institute of Medical Sciences.
• Supervise Phramongkutklao Medical Centre.
• Supervise the operational readiness of all Army Medical
• Develop medical support doctrine and procedures for the
Army and supervise their implementation.
• Develop training standards, systems and syllabi and
ensure the professional training of Phramongkutklao
College of Medicine, Army Nursing College and all Army
• Responsible for all health matters in the Royal Thai Army.
Phramongkutklao Medical Centre
• The major role of Royal Thai Army for conduct training for
many nursing and enlisted medical specialties to support
Royal Thai Army.
• Promoting excellent medical education, training, pathologic
investigation service, research and medical care for the
purpose of reliability acceptation and faith of Thai people.
• Integrated health care delivery system offering military
families, in Thai Kingdom, access to quality, comprehensive
Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
• The medical student cadet institute that produces military
physicians to serve all 3 forces of Royal Thai Armed Forces
by the integration of medical knowledge and military medicine
so that medical service can be provided both during
war and peace.
Institute of Pathology
• Provides pathological examinations to Royal Thai Army
Hospitals as well as provide blood bank service both
during military operation and civilian.
• AIP also supports the laboratory development of all RTA
Hospitals to the international standard.
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences
• Conduct researches and analyses related to diseases that
impede military operations by diagnosis and determine
effective preventions as well as conduct researches with
The Royal Thai Army Medical Department is also tasked with
Military Operations Other Than War such as humanitarian
assistance under the auspices of the United Nations in Cambodia,
East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burundi. Our officers
have served in the medical section of the African Union
Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur : UNAMID. Furthermore,
we have been honoured to serve in crisis consequence
management in such diverse international and domestic
situations such as the Bali Bombing, the Iranian and Indonesian
earthquakes, and the tsunami and mudslide rescue
operations in Thailand.
Academic Cooperation of the medical department includes
domestic and international. On domestic side, there is an
affiliation with Thammasat University at post-graduate
levels. Standing affiliations includes USUHS of USA and
Monash University of Australia. Excellence relationships with
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture
Training Courses for the past 5 years.
Telemedicine represents a vital link between the medical
department and the rest of the world. There has been an
active exchange program via this media with Tripler Army
Medical Centre in Hawaii. Other international affairs include
training in International Red Cross and US Department of
Defence cosponsored Humanitarian Assistance in Large
Population Courses, sending medical personnel to be trained
and certified in Advance Trauma Life Support in Singapore.