Dr. Kiangkitiwan is an American board-certified internist and nephrologist practicing in Kentucky. He enjoys his role as a medical detective caring for patients with kidney diseases. Prior to coming to the US, Boonsong graduated with first class honors from the most prestigious and oldest medical school in Thailand. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in Baltimore. During his residency, he was named the Outstanding Resident of the Year and awarded several Scholarship Prizes. Subsequently, he finished his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is currently pursuing the Master of Public Health at Harvard to sharpen his analytic and quantitative skills of epidemiology to conduct meaningful research studies. These would help address clinical problems he encounters and translate the results into evidence-based practice to deliver better care to his kidney patients.
His research interests include nephrology focusing on renal transplantation, patient safety, and quality measurement in healthcare settings. When he was a medical resident, his mentor gave him an article named Humoral Theory of Transplantation, written by Paul Terasaki. It fascinated him with how innate immunity and adaptive immunity work to get a kidney transplant rejected. During his elective rotation, he went to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He spent time learning the intricacies of single antigen beads and complement-dependent cytotoxicity in the tissue typing lab while appreciating the history of the hospital where the world’s first kidney transplant performed successfully by the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Joseph Murray. Immunobiology piqued his interest and made him fall in love with this realm of nephrology.
He completed the research projects regarding antibody-mediated graft injury and presented the results of this study at the Annual Scientific Exchange meeting. As his oral presentation, he received the Young Innovator Award by the American Society of Transplantation. These results were subsequently published in the American Journal of Transplantation. Moreover, he and his mentor designed and initiated a study regarding the features of transplant glomerulopathy and its risk factors. Under his mentor's guidance, he also wrote an editorial regarding the role of HDL as an independent risk factor for late adverse cardiovascular events in renal transplant recipients that was published in the Transplant International Journal. These achievements strengthened his desire to provide himself with an intellectually challenging environment that fosters the discovery of innovative ways by using epidemiological skills to improve renal transplant outcomes. He had presentations at both local and international meetings such as Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, World Congress of Nephrology (WCN), American Transplant Congress (ATC), American Society of Transplantation Annual Scientific Exchange (ASE), Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Young Investigator's Forum, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and American College of Physicians (ACP)-Maryland Associates Scientific Meeting.
Additionally, he was a co-author of a book chapter of Kidney Transplantation-A Practice Guide to Medical Management and wrote articles on the website of the Renal Fellow Network. He served as committees of intern selection and resident research funding proposals. He was an Assistant Instructor at the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. For administrative experience, he has worked as a medical director at a dialysis center and served on a committee such as education and critical care for the hospital. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology.
In addition to leadership, his skills include data analytics, stakeholder analysis, SWOT analysis, ethical and regulatory issues on human research, IRB review, media campaign, health economics, and writing policy memos, Op-Eds and reflection papers on public health issues and global health systems. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, meditating, reading, and traveling.