Dr. Monika Chawla acquired her MD in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1998 and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MRCOG) in 2004 followed by Fellowship of the Royal College (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, Spain . She also received her postgraduate award in Reproductive medicine from the Warwick University, UK after completion of her thesis on Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome. In March 2018, the “Distinguished physician award in the UAE” was conferred upon her by H.E. Humaid Al Qatmi, Chairman , Dubai Health Authority . This is the biggest and most prestigious healthcare honor in the region celebrating outstanding contributions in the field of medicine . She believes in holistic infertility care and provide a whole range of assisted reproductive techniques along with minimal access treatment ( laparoscopy , hysteroscopy).
She has pioneered the evolving health and fertility awareness and disease management trends in the MENA region for a substantial time period. She has contributed to the birth 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 . Dr Monikaa , apart from being skilled in all assisted reproductive techniques , has special expertise in cases such as recurrent IVF failures, repeated miscarriages, chromosomal disorders, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and poor endometrium .
She has achieved success in these challenging cases and believes that the right knowledge and persistence pays in such cases . She has to her credit being the editor of the full text book of in vitro fertilizations called “The Art and Science of Reproductive Medicine “, published in 2017. It’s a widely read book and quoted in references worldwide . 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 has been the course director and the faculty of the “Postgraduate course in reproductive medicine “, an academic program since 2016 which is the first of its kind in the UAE in affiliation with the Schelswig 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 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.
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.