60 seconds with... Wai Kuen Chow

60 seconds with... Wai Kuen Chow

Dr Wai Kuen Chow is part of the Macquarie team that is at the forefront of Motor Neurone Disease Research.   
She is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician at Macquarie University Hospital and specialises in caring for MND patients with respiratory failure who require non-invasive positive pressure ventilation. She is currently doing her PhD in researching the extent to which early assisted breathing support in MND patients can improve their quality and quantity of life.

Work stuff

I’ve been at Macquarie for…
Seven years.

In a nutshell, my job is to…
Assess, review and treat MND patients who struggle to breathe.

The question I hear most often from MND patients is…
“Will I suffocate when I die?”

The top three things on my to-do list today are…
1. 30 minutes of exercise. 
2. Call patients to check their progress.
3. Complete the introduction to my thesis

If I could do any other job (with instant qualifications/knowledge) it would be…
A jet-fighter pilot.

Someone or something that inspired me recently was…
My nine-year old daughter.  She reminds me what it’s like to always be happy and grateful with simple things in life e.g. Rainbow Paddlepop ice-cream treat!

The most rewarding part of my job is…
Seeing smiles in MND patients and their families when the use of non-invasive ventilation have improved their outlook in day to day living.

Personal stuff

My favourite subject at school was…
Chemistry.

Outside work, you’ll often find me…
In my kitchen cooking with my family.

My most treasured memory…
The births of my son and daughter.

If I could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) it would be…
Marie Kondo, because she represents the simplicity in life that I hope to achieve.

My favourite animal and why…
A tiger, for its boldness.

The last great movie I saw was…
Crazy Rich Asians.

In ten years from now, I hope to be…
Having a balanced career as a physician and an active researcher.

Content owner: Advancement Last updated: 11 Jun 2019 2:00pm

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