Dr. Supakit Sirilak is the Director General of the Department of Medical Sciences in the Thai Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Sirilak guided Thailand's evidence-informed response to the COVID-19 pandemic in his position as the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health. His efforts to advance public health in the country, supported by his specialized medical training and long-standing career in provincial and national institutions is well recognized. His exemplary work, in diverse subjects of medical and public health research as well as in leading programs to establish national health priorities, health infrastructure planning and infectious disease program expansion, among other areas, have earned him several accolades including the prestigious Golden Garuda Award from the Prime Minister himself.
Dr. Supakit Sirilak
Director General, Department of Medical Sciences
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Dr. Supakit Sirilak serves as the Director General, Department of Medical Sciences of Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Thailand. Prior to this role, he was the Deputy Permanent Secretary, MOPH Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Chief of Inspector General, the Chief of Provincial Health Office, and the Senior Advisor in Preventive Medicine of the Thai Ministry of Public Health. He also was the 9th and 10TH president of the National Health Assembly committee. He has enormous experiences in health policy and systems for example Universal Health Coverage, health workforces, health service delivery systems, and migrant and border health. Importantly, he is knowledgeable and skillful in Global Health. During COVID-19 period, he has chaired the MOPH Intelligence Unit which generates key strategies and policy options for the MOPH Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).
Dr. Supakit Sirilak has an M.D. from Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Primary Health Care Management (MPHM) from ASEAN Institute for Health Development (AIHD), Mahidol University. He received a diploma in Preventive Medicine Specialist from the Medical Council of Thailand.