EVERYTHING WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO YOU? EVERYTHING
MOST MEMORABLE CELEBRATORY MOMENT? My father’s 60th birthday. He is always a generous one when it comes to sharing stories but when an event is all about him — such as a birthday, he becomes really shy. We hired a band to sing oldies and my two sisters and I gave a special performance. We choreographed and sang a medley of his favourite songs that were meaningful to the occasion. We invited only a very small group of his extended family. My dad was laughing and crying at the same time. He told us, “You changed my life.” That meant a lot to us. BEST PARTY YOU’VE BEEN TO? At the beautiful Pacha Ibiza club in Spain, where Calvin Harris spun his best set ever! It was special for many reasons. I was with my sisters and close friends. We had been travelling around Las Vegas, London, Paris, and Antibes, and had sailed into Ibiza from Cannes on an amazing yacht. MUSIC TO PLAY AT A PARTY? EDM. I like its uplifting energy and strong sense of rhythm. It is colourful, vibrant, and fun to move to. SUCCESS? Success is calculated based on lives I’ve positively impacted. GREATEST INVENTION OF ALL TIME? A home. It is where I forge memories with my family and escape from the hustle and intrusiveness of the world. I feel safe here.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY. Five years of medical school, a year of internship, three years of general surgery training, four years of specialist plastic surgery training as well as two post-training fellowships in microsurgery and aesthetic surgery. It’s been up and down, with long hours and time away from friends and family, but extremely fulfilling. WHY PLASTIC SURGERY? It requires precision and concentration, with results entirely dependent on effort you put in. I found plastic surgery to be most interesting; we operate from head to toe and no two cases are ever the same. It is a speciality that truly marries science and art. HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE CAREER MILESTONES? With items that fulfil my practical needs. After completing my plastic surgery training, I got myself a Macbook, and a Montblanc pen after my aesthetic fellowship. Gosh, am I too boring? ONE PATIENT YOU REMEMBER? A patient had sustained severe burns on more than half his body in an accident. The prognosis is usually poor, with a mortality rate of almost 80 percent. He required a stay in the intensive care unit, multiple sessions of surgery and skin grafting. A year later, he is doing great and has returned to work. A GENTLEMAN’S SECRET TO SUCCESS? Recognise your own strengths and weaknesses. You also need humility and determination to work for what you want. YOUR EVERYDAY WINS? In no particular order, well actually a little in order HAPPY WIFE HAPPY FAMILY HAPPY PATIENTS