By DR CHRISTOPHER NG · 19/02/2016
As I was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom, I like to think that I am an amalgamation of both cultures. I attended St. Andrew’s Primary during my early school days in Singapore. At the tender age of 13, my parents decided to send me to a typical English boarding school called Marlborough College in the UK for a more rounded education. As a result, I learnt at a very early age the survival lessons of how to be independent and to fend for myself in a faraway place without the “safety net and security” of having parents around. I already knew from the age of 6 that I wanted to become a doctor and this early desire to pursue a career as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist stemmed from having two generations of prominent doctors in my family. My grandfather was the Director of Medical Services during Singapore’s colonial days and he was one of the first western trained Singapore doctors. My father is an Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was former head of department and chairman of the Medical Board of Singapore General Hospital. My mother is a general practitioner in private practice. As a testament to their dedication to medicine, both my parents who are 75 years old, still currently work in their respective fields and have no plans to retire as they believe that working keeps one’s mind and body healthy. They (the pioneer generation) set a very good example and should inspire young Singaporeans of today that everyone can continue to contribute to society regardless of age. As an example that one is never too old to start a career in private practice, my father only started running a few sessions in our GynaeMD Clinic a few years ago.
After completing my ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels at Marlborough College, I returned to Singapore to serve my obligatory national service as an infantry officer. In fact to this day, I am still serving as a medical officer in an infantry battalion. I recently attended a reunion with my infantry officer cadet cohort after 28 years and found that I am the last of my batch who is still actively serving national service. After 2 years of national service I was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College in London and graduated in 1995. I also successfully completed a student attachment in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. Upon my return to Singapore in 1995, I found that there was a lack of support and interaction amongst foreign trained medical graduates so I founded and became the first President of the Overseas Medical Graduates Association (OMGA) of Singapore. The purpose of setting this up was in order to foster closer ties and to help foreign medical graduates integrate back into Singapore’s medical community.
I trained in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and General Surgery at Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital. In line with our family tradition of serving the gynaecology community (my father was a former president of the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Singapore, OGSS), I was elected as a Council Member of the OGSS in 2008-2014.
In the spirit of community service, I volunteer my time regularly to serve as a grass root leader to Queenstown Community Centre in Tanjong Pagar GRC and have helped to raise funds for the less fortunate and to organize public health talks and baby shows amongst other things. After having the privilege of providing for and looking after our 2 cheeky daughters, my wife and I decided that it is important that we also help children who are less fortunate as we feel that they should not be disadvantage so early in their young lives. As a result of this, we have been paying for the education fees of a young boy in India so that he would not be denied of a good education despite his poverty. Aside from medicine, I am an avid golfer, a motoring enthusiast and am happily married with two adorable little girls. As a result, I have had to put my amateur golfing career on hold and instead of spending time at the race track, most of my motoring enthusiasm is now spent on chauffeuring my two little girls around.
I started GynaeMD Women’s and Rejuvenation Clinic at Camden Medical Centre in November 2007 for better work life balance and to provide more personalized obstetric, gynaecology and aesthetic services in a warm, compassionate and caring environment which I found difficult to achieve in public institution. In May 2012, I marked a major milestone in the growth of the GynaeMD brand by opening up the group’s first branch of GynaeMD Women’s Clinic at Clementi which is helmed by my wife, Dr Regina, who is also a very experienced and successful obstetrician & gynaecologist in her own right.