Dr. Viroj Tangcharoensathien is a Senior Expert in Health Economics at the Ministry of Public Health and a senior advisor to International Health Policy Program in the Ministry.

Trained in Medicine at Mahidol University, Thailand, he spent nine years working in various rural district hospitals in the poor under-served northeast Thai-Laos border province of Thailand. He received the ‘Best Rural Doctor of the Year’ award in 1986 from the Thai Medical Association. In 1988, he got Rockefeller Foundation fellowship to undertake doctoral studies in health planning and financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His thesis on Community Financing in poor urban areas in Chiangmai received Woodruff Medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in 1991.

He returned to work in Health Planning Division of the Thai Ministry of Public Health, later is the co-founder of IHPP in 1998 which strengthens institutional capacities in health policy and systems research in Thailand. He was involved in the systems design of the 1991 Social Health Insurance and 2002 Universal Health Coverage Scheme.

Dr. Viroj received the Edwin Chadwick Medal from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the generation of evidence on how to improve health systems in the interests of the poor.   He published more than 100 articles on international peer reviewed journals.