Meet Dr. Monikaa Chawla MD FRCOG (UK)
Dr. Monikaa is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Consultant at Fakih IVF, Abu Dhabi, UAE practicing the subspecialty for more than 20 years. She acquired her MD in 1998, was awarded the membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MRCOG) in 2004 and FRCOG (UK) in 2016. She was awarded the Fellowship in Reproductive medicine at the Guy's and St. Thomas Hospital in London which is also the pioneer center for Pre-Implantation Diagnosis (PGD) in the UK. She attained her Masters in Human embryology from IVI, Valencia, and Spain. She also received her postgraduate award in Reproductive medicine from the Warwick University, UK.
In March 2018, she was awarded the “Distinguished physician award in the UAE “by HE Humaid Al Qatmi, Chairman, Dubai Health Authority. This is the biggest and most prestigious healthcare honor in the region celebrating outstanding contributions.
She is the coauthor of the textbook “The Art and Science of Reproductive Medicine “, published by Jaypee brothers in 2017. She has the privilege to be on the editorial board of the Global Reproductive health, the official journal of the International Federation of Fertility Societies. She is the course director and the faculty of the “Postgraduate course in reproductive medicine “, an academic programme since 2016 which is the first of its kind in the UAE in affiliation with the Schleswig Holstein University, Germany.
Her research work has been published in many international and National journals and presented papers on controversial subjects in reproductive medicine at the ASRM and ESHRE conferences. Her recent full research paper on “morphokinetic analysis of embryos and preimplantation genetic diagnosis “was published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics in 2016.
She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the British Fertility Society and the American Association of Gynecology Laparoscopists.
She has extensive clinical experience after practicing in India, UK and now in the UAE for over a decade. She believes in holistic infertility care and also provides minimal access treatment for the same. She has pioneered the evolving health and fertility awareness and disease management trends in the MENA region for a substantial time period.
Her current mission is to inform and educate couples to make their own decisions and to provide unbiased fertility options and treatments. She has been active through personal communications and social media in spreading awareness in the Gulf regarding the preimplantation genetic diagnosis for single gene disorders and carrier screening. She has contributed to the birth of many healthy babies in couples with rare morbid diseases due to consanguineous marriages. She was instrumental in the birth of the first BRCA gene free baby in the UAE through preimplantation genetic testing.
Languages Spoken: Basic Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu