Prestige (Singapore) - - SOCIETY - Rhonda Wong hails from the 2015 class of The Van­guards: 40 Un­der 40.

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

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