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Dr. Boonchuay Anunta, anesthesiologist

June 16, 1941 – Dec. 26, 2014

Dr. Boonchuay Anunta of Buffalo died at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 73.

Born in Petburi, Thailand, he earned a faculty of science degree from University of Medical Science in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1963 and a doctor of faculty of medicine from Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1967, where he interned at the hospital from 1967 to 1968, followed by an internship at the Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, from 1968 to 1969.

Dr. Anunta moved to Buffalo in 1969 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1981. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Buffalo General Hospital and Children’s Hospital from 1969 to 1972.

He was attending anesthesiologist at Buffalo Anesthesia Associates, where he also served as a board member from 1978 to present. He was an attending anesthesiologist at Buffalo General Medical Center and Atwal Eye Care/Buffalo Ambulatory Surgical Center from 1973 until the day of his diagnosis on Jan. 28.

A clinical instructor in anesthesiology for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1974 to 1987, he also served as a clinical assistant professor in anesthesiology at the school from 1987 to 2010. He worked for Buffalo General Hospital as leader in the neuroanesthesia division from 1980 to 1995.

He was a member of the Medical Society of the County of Erie, Medical Society of the State of New York, New York State Society of Anesthesiologists and International Anesthesia Research Society. He was a past member of Buffalo General Hospital Infectious Control Committee and Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care.

Highly experienced in flexible fiberoptic intubation for difficult airways, Dr. Anunta developed and patented two life-saving devices for these intubations.

A fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists, he was a 1972 diplomate for the board.

Dr. Anunta enjoyed gardening, world traveling and was an avid learner.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Pattama Pulsawad; a daughter, Dr. Koi Anunta; two sisters, Kulpatra Tongruksawattana and Boonsong Anan; and six brothers, Chaiporn Anunta, Sumana Anunta, Boonyarit Anunta, Sompong Anunta, Somboon Anunta and Sombutr Anunta.

A private service was held.

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