Devoted teacher and physician, pediatric radiologist Atchawee Luisiri, M.D., who was professor of radiology at Saint Louis University, passed away on Feb. 24.
|Atchawee Luisiri, M.D.|
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Luisiri helped sick children in St. Louis for the last 34 years. After receiving her bachelor of sciences degree from Mahidol University and doctor of medicine degree from Ramathibodi Hospital School of Medicine, both in Bangkok, she completed a diagnostic radiology residency and a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Saint Louis University.
Luisiri was board certified in pediatric radiology and held a secondary appointment as assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Saint Louis University. She also was the director of the pediatric radiology division at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
Michael Wolverson, M.D., chair of the department of radiology at SLU, noted Luisiri's skill with patients and students as well as her dedication to her job.
"Dr. Luisiri was a very dedicated pediatric radiologist, well-respected by the entire community. Her passing is truly a very sad loss.
"She was really excellent with patients, very capable and very dedicated. She was a good teacher, as well."
Luisiri wrote numerous book chapters and papers advancing the field of medical imaging and improving doctors' ability to use imaging equipment, including ultrasound, CT and MRI. Her work covered many areas, from spina bifida, a common spine birth defect, to radiology and child abuse.
She was a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Radiology, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Midwest Society for Pediatric Radiology, the Greater St. Louis Society of Radiologists, the Society of Pediatric Radiology and the Thai Physician Association of America.
In 2008 and 2010, she was named one of St. Louis's "Best Docs."
Gregory Launius, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at Saint Louis University, reflected on Luisiri's devotion to children and education.
"She was wonderful, a really outstanding educator. She encouraged residents who were having difficult times. She had high standards for students to help them improve, and it was all in the service of kids.
"I can't begin to tell you the hours she gave to residents and patients. She was tireless, really devoted to children. She would do anything for them."
"She was an impeccable professional with a kind heart. She is the reason I work here today."
Ece Isin Akduman M.D., associate professor of radiology at Saint Louis University, completed her residency and fellowship with Luisiri, and remembers her mentor as a wonderful teacher.
"Year after year, she would teach with such enthusiasm. She was a walking library. I learned everything from her. She would quiz us about patient cases. With each clue that we discovered, 25 cents would go in a box. At the end of the month, she'd buy candy for us with the money.
"Plus, she herself loved to learn. If there was something she didn't know, she'd find the right book and look it up. Learning was fun for her.
"And, she really loved her patients. She thought the best part of her job was, after seeing a child, to give them a hug and then give them back to their parents."
Luisiri is survived by her mother and siblings in Bangkok. Services were held on Feb. 25 and 26.