Meet Dr Anantham Devanand, Senior Consultant, Deputy Head of Lung Centre, Singapore General Hospital. His role of expertise deals with respiratory and critical care, where his work often involves meeting patients near their end of life.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF IN 1 LINE.
I’m very passionate and enthusiastic about helping science move forward and eager to witness the evolution of medicine in the future. The prognosis for late stages lung care treatment has improved and patients are living much longer, thus I hope one day to turn lung cancer into a chronic illness and to cure it once and for all.
TELL US SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU.
I’m involved in medical ethics and serve the National Ethics Community to work with Singapore Medical Association in teaching ethics to doctors. To help doctors understand what are the ethical duties they have and learning how to treat patients that are terminally ill. OIn my free time, I enjoy reading a variety of things involving psychology, morality and philosophy from various authors. I highly recommend ‘The Road to Character’ by David Brooks^ to everyone. The book tries to explain that in life, there are two types of achievement we can have. One is the ‘CV achievement’ and one is the ‘Eulogy achievement’. The book talks about how we get caught up with all the ‘CV achievements’ in life; in pursuing careers and climbing the social ladder, that we don’t think about the ‘Eulogy achievements’ – which essentially is the character development part.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
The best piece of advice comes from my wife, as she tells me not to take myself too seriously. I tend to get caught up in situations where I become emotionally invested at times. It will be good, if I can moderate the extremity of my emotions, that may tip from highs to lows when facing different outcomes at work.
TELL US ABOUT A TIME WHEN THIS PIECE OF ADVICE CAME IN USEFUL.
Sometimes I struggle with the patients I’m dealing with and I get upset by a medical outcome. That is when I realised that we don’t always get what we want, so I need to learn to accept that and move on instead of getting caught up in disappointments.
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