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Dr. Ratanatharathorn receives honorable mention with Crain's Health Care Heroes Award

Dr. Voravit Ratanatharathorn, M.D., FACP, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM), has received an honorable mention from Crain’s Detroit Business’ Health Care Heroes contest in the category of Advancement of Health Care. Judges have recognized his contributions to new medical discoveries and for improving quality and access to care.

He is being featured in the Sept. 12 edition of Crain’s Detroit Business and will be honored at a special Health Care Heroes luncheon Oct. 20 at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. The luncheon is part of Crain’s Health Care Leadership Summit.

Dr. Ratanatharathorn currently serves as co-director of the Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Karmanos and WSU SOM and is director of the J.P. McCarthy Cord Bank at Karmanos, the state’s only non-profit cord stem cell bank.

Dr. Ratanatharathorn is the pioneering doctor who brought stem cell transplantation to Michigan and provided curative therapy to thousands of patients dealing with hematologic malignancies.

He established the first transplant center in the state in the early 1980s and was the first to perform autologous, allogeneic and unrelated transplantation on patients at a time when there were few centers in the United States performing those procedures.   

Over the years, he has mentored countless health care professionals in the subspecialty of stem cell transplantation. He is a leader in the management of post transplant complications, making transplants feasible for more high-risk individuals. He also has researched and formulated several therapies to assist bone marrow transplant patients in their recovery. 

His career -- and by extension, his life -- has been spent helping patients, whether by conducting in-depth research into their respective cases; physically managing their care; or counseling them as they cope with their disease. He provides patients hope in many situations that may seem hopeless.

“Dr. Ratanatharathorn makes it a priority to know his patients as people in addition to understanding the complexities of their diagnosis and treatment plan,” said George Yoo, M.D., FACS, chief medical officer at the Karmanos Cancer Center. “He has relentless energy; is truly compassionate; has an excellent bedside manner and uses humor to promote healing. Dr. Ratanatharathorn truly leads by example as a dedicated physician, teacher, father and friend. Those who know him know he is the best!”

Congratulations, Dr. Ratanatharathorn, on your Health Care Heroes Award!

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