Behind the Stethoscope

Get to know: Dr. Neil Chadha

One of the things that defines my job as a Pediatric Otolaryngologist is that it’s one of the longest, most difficult specialties to pronounce. Seven syllables! I specialize in diseases of the larynx (voice box), upper trachea (windpipe) and nasal/sinus, as well as congenital (birth) defects of the neck. My passion is applying the best new techniques and technologies to provide the least invasive care to patients. My training brought me from the UK to Toronto and then to Vancouver. I have a Master’s degree in Population Health and Epidemiology and I have an active research program.

Family portrait:

My wife shares my love of medicine. She’s a physician specializing in addiction and chronic pain. Our daughter’s in Grade Five, our son is in Grade Four. They’re amazing kids. We thoroughly enjoy our time as a family, particularly with adventurous outdoors pursuits, hanging out with friends, and playing board games on rainy days.

Why I specialize:

Otolaryngology is a discipline with a lot of variety. In fact, it’s like four or five different surgical specialties rolled into one. When I discovered during my training that I could be a specialist surgeon and spend my career caring for kids, I never looked back.

My favourite day on the job:

I’m really touched when children bring me something they’ve made themselves as a thank you for their care. I have a lovely abstract hand-painting on my wall from a young girl. I gave her a big hug when she presented it to me.

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