“…there are days in which it can be overwhelming but I believe in the adage “no matter what, get up, dress up and show up” and of course things have a way of falling into place in the end.”

Dr Manju Chandran
Committee Member

I am a board certified Endocrinologist and I direct the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital. I consider myself a Global Citizen having been born and brought up in India and then moving to the US right after medical school.

And then 11 years ago, after completing my fellowship in Endocrinology at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, California and having spent 12 years in the US, I packed mine and my family’s bags and moved to Singapore – a place I only knew from transit layovers on my way to India on my annual vacations. Having studied, worked and lived in so many countries have given me a wonderful opportunity to be exposed long term to multiple cultures and working and living environments.

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The move to Singapore was initially quite hard- having to adapt to different peoples and working conditions is always difficult. But now, I love it here and I consider Singapore home.I set up the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital in 2007 at a time when the field was still in its infancy in Singapore.

Now, 7 years later, the unit has grown from a single physician led clinic to a still small but powerful unit with physicians, nurses, dietitians and physiotherapists. Just like Singapore, though small, we punch way beyond our weight and now the clinical and research work of the unit is recognized internationally in the field of Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism.

In between, I had the good fortune to be elected as President of the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore –a 2 year term from which I stepped down after the term ended in 2014. I stumbled upon the AWDS way back in 2006 when my ex boss who was a Past President of the AWDS asked me to attend one of the AGM’s. I instantly was able to connect with other like- minded women doctors all of whom were very successful in their careers but still managed to achieve a fruitful balance in their lives with commitments to family as well as lead an active and interesting social life.

 

I think there is no harm in looking good while doing good and as someone far more famous than me once said “You can achieve whatever you want to achieve and you can achieve it in Stilletos if you want. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Life is definitely not easy and that too as a single mother who is an expat and there are days in which it can be overwhelming but I believe in the adage “no matter what, get up, dress up and show up” and of course things have a way of falling into place in the end.