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About Dr. Nirja

DR. NIRJA CHAWLA MD is one of the best gynecologist and senior lady doctor in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, India. She is well known and successful gynecologist and has patients from all over the world for expert consultation and surgery. A pioneer of Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Surgery in this region and has many firsts in surgery to her credit. She is available for pre-surgery assessment and online consultation through Contact on this website.

  • Graduation and post-graduation in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Lady Hardinge Medical College,Delhi University
  • Practised skills and teaching at Safdarjang Hospital, a busy hospital in New Delhi and the prestigious Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh as a consultant

Dr Chawla has an experience of about 32 years and is well equipped to manage all kinds of  gynecological problems

You can read some of the Testimonials for Dr Chawla.

  • Passion for and pioneered minimal access surgery in her region.
  • Teacher, Trainer and Faculty for training programs in endoscopic surgery.
  • Organised several workshops and conferences in her area of specialization
  • Excellent academic record and the distinction of ranking first in Delhi University
  • Well read with vast updated knowledge about obstetrics & Gynecology and excellent oratorical skills
  • Contributed scientific articles to medical journals
  • Invited as faculty and guest speaker at continuing medical education programs

Special areas of interest

  • Minimal Access Surgery – hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, balloon therapy
  • Menopause
  • Uro-gynecology, leaking urine
  • Contraception
  • Gyne endocrinology including PCOS, abnormal & excessive hair growth, obesity
  • Advanced Gyne & Micro-Surgery
  • Infertility, IVF

You can read more about the Presentations here

  • Skilled in the art of explaining complex medical terms in simple language
  • Frequently invited to deliver talks for the lay public and express her views on FM radio programs and TV on important Gyne issues

Dr. Nirja Qualifications

  • MD (Masters in Obstetrics & Gynecology), Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi (1982 to 1984)
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi (1975 to 1980)
  • Diploma, Endoscopic Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital, New York, USA. (1997)
  • Participated and organized several training workshops on endoscopic surgery, genetics, infertility, ultrasound, obstetrics and gynecological emergencies
  • Graduation and postgraduation in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Lady Hardinge Medical College,Delhi University
  • Practised skills and teaching at Safdarjang Hospital, a busy hospital in New Delhi and the prestigious Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh as a consultant

Awards (Distinctions, Awards & Prizes)

Indian School Certificate, Cambridge University (Carmel Convent School, New Delhi)

Distinctions in Physics, Biology, Maths with Addl. Maths.

B.Sc.(1st Year), Delhi University (Miranda house)

First rank, Delhi University
Distinction in Physics

MBBS, Delhi University (Lady Hardinge Medical College)

  • Distinctions with Honours in Anatomy, Physiology with Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine
  • Topped with first prize certificates in subjects of Anatomy, Physiology with Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Surgery Theory, Surgery Practicals and Preventive and Social Medicine
  • Lady Chelmsford Medal and Kamla Ghosh Prize for highest in first professional examination
  • Topped (LHMC) in first and second professional examinations
  • Lady Harding Medal and Kamla Ghosh Prize for highest in second professional examination
  • Atul K. Keswani Merit Medal – highest aggregate in College
  • R. Viswanathan Gold Medal (President’s) 1980 for highest aggregate in Delhi University (Lady Harding Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College and University College of Medical Sciences)
  • Topped Delhi University in first and second professional examination.
  • Mary Pickford Prize for best in Anatomy dissection

Posts Held At Present

  • Executive Member, Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India (2002 to 2011, 2014 to date)
  • Academic Coordinator, Indian Menopause Society, Chandigarh Chapter (2016- )

Posts Held In Past

  • Joint Secretary, Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India. (2011 to date)
  • Section Editor, Journal of Midlife Health, Indian Menopause Society 2010-2012
  • Member, Expert Committee and Writing Group: Indian Menopause Society Consensus Statement 2008
  • Founder Life Member of Indian society of Minimal Access & Gyne Endoscopic, urogyne Surgery (IMAGES) (2003)
  • Editor, Epidemiology Section, Journal of Midlife Health, Indian Menopause Society
  • President of Student’s Union, Lady Hardinge Medical College (1979-1980, for which Dr. Chawla was awarded Annie Mackenzie Prize for outstanding contribution to the corporate life of the college)
  • Coordinator, FOGSI Family Welfare Committee (Chandigarh region)
  • Member, Indian Woman 35 Plus Club
  • Surgeon Director, Indian Red Cross Society
  • Founder Secretary, Indian Menopause Society (Chandigarh Chapter) (2004 to 2006)
  • Governing Council Member , Indian Menopause Society (2004 to 2006)
  • Convenor, Obs/ Gyne Practitioners Society (Chandigarh Circle) (2003 to 2006)
  • Executive Member of Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India. (affiliated to FOGSI) (2002 to 2011)

Life Member of :

  • FIGO (Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians)
  • IMA (Indian Medical Association)
  • IAGE (Obstetric and Gynecological Society of Northern India Indian Association of Gynecological Endoscopists)
  • IMS (Indian Menopause Society)
  • IMAGES (Indian society of Minimal Access & Gynecological Endoscopic, urogyne Surgery)
  • Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • ISAR (Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction)
  • ISOPARB (Indian Society of Perinatology and Reproductive Biology (North Zone))
  • NAVSI (National Association of Voluntary Sterilization and Family Welfare of India)
  • FOGSI (Federation of Obs. and Gyne Societies of India)
  • ISPAT (Indian Society of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy)

Experience

Junior Residency

March 1982 to March 1984Lady Hardinge Medical College & Assoc. Hospitals, New Delhi

Senior Residency

January 1985 to June 1988Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi and PGIMER, Chandigarh

Pool Officer (Junior Consultant)

July 1988 to July 1991PGIMER, Chandigarh

Senior Consultant

May 2016 to November 2016 Director, Obstetrics Gynaecology, Infertility, Endoscopic Surgery and Allied Services, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula.
Dec.’91 to May 2016 Private Practise running self owned Gyne Endoscopy Centre and attachment with Fortis Multispeciality Hospital, Mohali and others.

Presentations

Invited Speaker / Faculty / Organizer

  • IMA, Chandigarh, 1994 : Talk delivered on ‘Hysteroscopy – Surgery of the Future’
  • Obst. and Gyne Practitioners Society ( Chandigarh Circle)

    • Hysteroscopy – Indications and Techniques 1995
    • Practical guide to management of amenorrhoea 1997.
    • Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy, 1997
    • Medical Management of Ectopic Pregnancy, 1998
    • Preterm Labour, 2001
    • Ovulation Induction,2002

  • Assisted Reproductive Techniques Update, Chandigarh, 2001:
    Executive member of Organizing Committee.
  • Annual Conference of Obstetrics and Gyne Society of Northern India (FOGSI), Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, 1999 :
    Talk delivered on‘Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Adolescents’.
  • Annual Conference of Obstetrics and Gyne Society of Northern India (FOGSI), PGIMER, Chandigarh , 2001 :
    Expert for panel discussion on Menopause
  • Medical Practitioners Society, Panipat, 2001:
    Talk delivered on ‘Menopause and Post Menopausal Therapy’
  • Annual meeting of Obstetrics and Gyne Society, Jalandhar (FOGSI), 2002:
    Talk delivered on ‘Stimulation Protocols for Ovulation Induction’
  • Obstetrics and Gyne Society, Patiala, 2002:
    Talk delivered on ‘Current concepts of Post Menopausal Therapy’
  • Annual Conference of Obstetrics and Gyne Society of Northern India, PGIMER, Chandigarh 2002:
    Expert on panel discussion on ‘Heart diseases in pregnancy’
  • IMA, Chandigarh, 2002:
    Talk delivered on ‘Recent Advances in Post Menopausal Therapy’.
  • Annual Conference of Obstetrics and Gyne society Patiala (FOGSI), 2002:
    Talk delivered on ‘STD’s in Pregnancy’; Chairperson for ‘Recent Advances in DUB’.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Update, Chandigarh, December 2002:
    Organizing Committee, Member, Scientific Committee
  • Assisted Reproductive Techniques Update, Chandigarh, January 2003: Organiser – ‘Scientific Committee’. Moderator for panel discussion:
    ‘Fertility Enhancing Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy’
  • Obstetrics and Gynecological society of Northern India (FOGSI), PGIMER, April 2005:
    Chairperson for session on ‘Free Communications’
  • Indian Medical Association, 1st North India Regional Women Doctors Conference, March 2005:
    Advisory Board Co-ordinator
  • Gyne Endoscopy Centre, Fortis Multispeciality Hospital & Karl Storz, June 2004:
    Organizer, Course Director & Faculty for Hands-On Training Workshop ‘Hysteroscopy – Tradition and Future’. Speaker for ‘Hysteroscopy and the Infertile Patient’
  • North Zone Yuva FOGSI and Faridabad Obstetrics and Gynecological Society, Faridabad, April 2004:
    Judge, Oncology Session
  • LOGS, IMAGES and FOGSI Infertility Committee North Zone Conference, Ludhiana March 2004:
    Invited Speaker on ‘Hyperprolactinaemia and Hypothyroid in Infertility
  • Medicon 2004 (Indian Medical Association, Ambala City), February 2004:
    Invited Speaker for ‘New Modalities in Gynecological Surgery’
  • Indian Menopause Society 9th Annual Conference , Kolkata, January 2004 :
    Chairperson for session on ‘Transdermal Regenerative Therapy for Joint Disorders
  • MOGS, IMAGES & FOGSI Infertility Committee organised Winds of Changes in Gynec Practices – A Surgical Workshop, December 2003 :
    Organiser for the satellite transmission from Ahemdabad via the INSAT 3 B satellite in Chandigarh.
  • Indian Academy of Paediatrics ‘ Refresher course on Mother and Child Health for Nurses ’ November 2003 :
    Invited speaker on ‘ Female Reproductive System, Pregnancy and Ante-natal Care ‘
  • Rotary Mid – Town ( Chandigarh ) Meeting on occasion of World Menopause Day, October 2003 :
    Invited speaker on ‘ Managing Menopause and Beyond
  • Women’s Health & Nutrition CME 2003 – Depts. Of Dietetics and Obs.& Gyne., Govt. Medical College Hospital , Chandigarh, September 2003:
    Invited Speaker on ‘Alternatives to HRT ‘
  • Indian Menopause Society (Chandigarh Chapter), August 2003:
    Moderator for panel discussion on ‘Cervical Cancer Screening –‘The How and When of PAP Smear and Beyond….’
  • Indian Menopause Society (Delhi Chapter), August 2003:
    Expert for panel discussion on ‘Scenario after WHI Trial‘
  • Annual Conference of Obstetrics & Gynecological Society of Ambala, June 2003:
    Speaker for ‘Management of DUB’
  • Indian Menopause Society (Chandigarh Chapter), June 2003:
    Moderator for panel discussion‘Issues in Osteoporosis’
  • M M College of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, (Haryana), March 2003:
    Talk delivered on ‘Management of Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding’.
  • Indian Menopause Society, 11th Annual National Conference, Chandigarh Chapter, February 2006: Organizing Secretary
  • The Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India, Family Welfare Committee, 2006-2007:
    Organiser for Awareness Program for college students “My Secret World”
  • National Integrated Medical Association, March 2006:
    Guest Speaker for ‘DUB-Clinical Aspects and Treatment’
  • Evidence Based Gynecological Endoscopy & Video Festival, Indian Association of Gynecological Endoscopy, Annual National Conference, New Delhi, April 2006:
    Video Presentation on surgical techniques titled ‘Adventures with Fibroids’
  • First National Conference Of Geriatric Gynecology, FOGSI, Bhubaneshwar, Aug 2006:
    Speaker on Phytoestrogens
  • FOGSI Youth Express CME, PGIMER, September 2006:
    Chairperson for session on ‘PCOS: The Big Burden in Young Girls’
  • Chandigarh Obs/Gyne Society CME, October 2006:
    Speaker for ‘Abnormal Uterine Bleeding’
  • NZ-AMASICON, Jammu 2006:
    Speaker on Hysteroscopy in the Infertile Patient
  • Postgraduate Department of Surgery, Government Medical College, Twin Conference by Association of Minimal Access Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons of India, Jammu, November 2006:
    Speaker for ‘Management of Heavy Periods (with video presentation)’
  • Ethicon Institute of Surgical Education, December 2006:
    Course Director and Faculty for Training Program ‘Hysteroscopy Simplified’
  • Indian Menopause Society 12th Annual national Conference, Rajkot, February 2007:
    National Faculty & Co-ordinator for ‘Workshop on Gyne Cancers’. Presented keynote address on ‘Survey on Awareness of Screening Schedules for Gyne Cancer among doctors in Chandigarh’
  • Hands-on Training Workshop on Hysteroscopy, Rohtak, July 2007:
    Faculty and Speaker for ‘Electrosurgery in Gyne Surgery’ and ‘Operative Hysteroscopy – video presentations of hysteroscopic surgeries’
  • Chandigarh Obs/Gyne Society CME, September 2007:
    Speaker for ‘Update on HRT’
  • The Patiala Obstetrics & Gynecological Society, 19th Annual Conference, Patiala, October 2007:
    Speaker on Hysteroscopy and Infertility
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in collaboration with WHO-CCR in Human Reproduction World Health Organisation, Chandigarh, December 2007:
    Faculty on ‘Towards Preventing Unsafe Abortion: Workshop on Contraception and Safe abortion’. Speaker for ‘Newer Oral Contraceptive Pills’.
  • Indian Menopause Society 13th Annual Conference, Jammu, March 2008:
    Faculty for Workshop ‘Learning skills – Recent Advances in Gyne Surgery’. Speaker for ‘Operative Hysteroscopy’
  • Organon India Limited CME for representatives in trade and field, Parwanoo, March 2008:
    Speaker for ‘Post-menopausal Hormone Therapy & Phytoestrogens’
  • The IMS International Congress, New Delhi, April 2008:
    Invited speaker on ‘Is Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) truly advantageous or just glamorous’.
  • Indian Menopause Society, Inauguration of Jalandhar Chapter, July 2008:
    Keynote Address in CME on ‘Current Status of Hormone Therapy in Menopause’.
  • Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh and FOGSI, September 2008:
    Chairperson forCME on Labour Room Protocols.
  • Indian Menopause Society, Chandigarh, September 2008:
    Chairperson for CME on Hyperprolactinaemia, Premature Ovarian Failure and Osteoporosis.
  • Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Chandigarh, 2008:
    Chairperson for Symposium on DEXA and FRAX
  • Obs/Gyne Society, Lucknow, 2009:
    Speaker and Panellist in Symposium on Oral Contraception
  • Ludhiana Obs/Gyne Society (LOGS) Annual Conference, Ludhiana, August 2009:
    Faculty and Speaker on Oral Contraceptive Pills – An Overview.
  • Society of Laparoscopists and Endoscopic Surgeons of India (SELSICON), November 2012:
    Chairperson for guest lecture.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, Nov 2009:
    CME – Update on Benign Gynecological disorders. Debate on HRT vs No HRT. Speaker For the motion. Judge for the Free Paper session.
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and FOGSI, North Zone, February 2010:
    CME & Workshop on Critical care and Eclampsia. Expert Panellist in session on Managing Critical cases and Obstetric ICU.
  • Jammu Centre for Reproductive technologies, April 2010:
    Conducted Live workshop on Hysteroscopy, Lecture on Hysteroscopy, Role in Management of Infertility, Expert Panellist for session on Unexplained Infertility.
  • Jodhpur Obstetrics and Gyne Society, July 2010:
    Speaker onContraceptive Update – the latest in contraception.
  • Government Medical College & Hospital and SELSICON, Patiala, Oct 2010:
    Speaker for Hysteroscopic Management of Fibroids. Gyne Expert Moderator for the Live Workshop.
  • Kalka Medical Association, December 2010:
    Speaker on Nuva-Ring : The Combined Hormonal Vaginal Contraceptive.
  • Panchkula Obs/Gyne Society, March 2011:
    Expert Speaker and Interactive session on Contraception.
  • Allahabad Obs/Gyne Society, April 2011:
    Speaker on Contraception: The Future is Now.
  • Indian Menopause Society & Chandigarh Obs & Gyne Society, August 2011:
    Speaker on Videos Presentation for Management of Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding.
  • Chandigarh Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of Northern India, Annual Conference & Workshop on Birth Defects, March 2012:
    Chairperson on session on Cancer Prevention.
  • Indian Menopause Society, Chandigarh Chapter, April 2012:
    Chairperson for session on Newer Strategies for Management of Osteoporosis.
  • Association of Gynecologic Oncologists of India, August 2012:
    Expert panellist for Ovarian Cancer.
  • Indian Menopause Society and Chandigarh Obs/Gyne Society, October 2012:
    Chairperson for CME on Simplifying Menopause.
  • Chandigarh Obs/Gyne Society, December 2012:
    Chairperson for ‘Ultrasonography in Infertility’.
  • Indian Menopause Society, Chandigarh Chapter, February 2013:
    Expert Panellist for session on Premature Menopause.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India & Dept. Of Obs. And Gyne., PGIMER, Chandigarh, April 2014:
    Moderator for Live Surgical Workshop
  • Dept. of Endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, July 2014:
    Chairperson for session on ‘Controversies in Diagnosis and Management of Gestational Diabetes’.
  • Indian Medical Association & Indian Menopause Society, Chandigarh, November 2014:
    CME on Coronary Artery Disease in women. Speaker on Hormones and Heart.
  • 44th Annual National Conference of Endocrine Society of India, ESICON, Chandigarh, November 2014:
    Chairperson for Symposium on Osteoporosis
  • World Congress on Gynecology and Pediatrics, International Conference on Women and Girl Child for Social and Economic Equality (ICWCS), Bengaluru, November 2014:
    Speaker on Current Guidelines on Hormone Replacement Therapy in Post-menopausal women.
  • Dept. of Obs. & Gyne., Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh and Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India, FOGSI Oncology Committee, November 2014:
    CME on “Oncology in Day to Day Practise.” Expert panellist on session on Post-menopausal bleeding.
  • Indian Fertility Society, January 2015:
    Webinar 1 on Hope of Profertility. Chairperson for Evaluation and Management of Female Infertility.
  • Indian Menopause Society and Chandigarh Obs. and Gyne. Society, February 2015:
    Expert panellist on Metabolic Syndrome in Menopause.
  • All India Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 59th Annual Conference, Agra, Jan 2016:
    Chairperson for 2 sessions on Ovarian malignancy
  • Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) Punjab & Chandigarh Chapter, Feb 2016:
    CME on Diabetes. Chairperson.
  • Annual meeting of Obstetrics and Gynecological Society of Northern India, Chandigarh, Mar 2016:
    Expert on Panel Discussion on Abnormal Uterine Bleeding; Chairperson for Updates in Gynecology: Robotics in gynecology, HIV and Infertility, NACT in cervical carcinoma, Standards of sterilization.
  • National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, April, 2016:
    Symposium on Osteoporosis. Speaker on Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Publications

  • Asia-Oceania Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology  (Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 127–130, June 1990.)
    Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the Ovaries and Appendix: A Case Report
    (Chawla N, Dhaliwal LK, Gopalan S, Rajwanshi A.)
  • Cytopathology  (Volume 4 issue 6, pages 357–360, December 1993)
    Fine Needle Aspiration Cytodiagnosis of Endometriosis Arising In Scar Tissue and In the Caecum—Case Reports

  • Indian Menopause Society 2004;6:17-18
    Plant derived estrogens and menopause
  • Fogsi Focus April 2006
    Uterine Balloon Therapy vs LNG-IUS (Mirena)
  • Fortis Multispeciality Hospital Newsletter, November 2006
    Hysteroscopy
  • Fortis Medical Journal (Vol 1 Issue 4, Sep 2009)
    Moving towards a new era: Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)

Volunteer and Community work

  • Surgeon Director, Indian Red Cross society
  • Contributed several patient education articles on health related topics to English, Hindi and Punjabi newspapers.
  • Developed programs for community health, cancer awareness, menopause and bone related issues.
  • Organised public forums and delivered talks/presentations on a variety of issues:

    • Shramik Vidyapeeth, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh. 1998, 1999: Students of Class 7,8,9,10,11
    • Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh State Branch. July 2003, August 2003
    • Sanawar Public School, Parwanoo, 2004
    • Rotary, Chandigarh 2005, Management of Menopause
    • Chitkara Institute of Mass Communications, Chandigarh. Jan 2009
    • Centre for Adult Education and Continuing Extension, PU, Chandigarh 2009.
    • Expert Panelist and Speaker on Menopause Awareness
    • Fortis Palana Inauguration, Mohali, Dec 2009. Presentation and interaction on Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
    • Amshi Yoga and Martial Arts Centre, Chandigarh, Mar 2015: Nature versus Nurture
    • Rotary International and Rotaract, Mohali, Feb 2016: Understanding PolyCysts of Ovaries
    • International Women’s day celebrations, Torrent Pharma, Baddi, Mar 2016: The causes of diseases and health

Other interests

  • Yoga and Meditation practise and instruction
  • Certificate in Teachers Training 500 Hours in Yoga by Metaphysical Science Research Institute, Brahmrishi Yoga Ashram. Mar 2013
  • Cinematography, Short Course, Chitkara University, Chandigarh 2010
  • Movie Making Certificate, Institute of Moving Images, Mumbai 2011
  • Scripted, Produced, Directed and Edited 3 short films, including 1 feature film 2012
  • Golf Proficiency Test, Chandigarh Golf Academy, Oct 2009
  • Certificate in Hoki Taekwondo, Korea, March 2008
  • French Certificate Course, Punjab University 1991
  • Annie-Mackenzie Prize – awarded for maximum contribution to corporate life of College.
  • Founder Editor of “The Genesis” (Intermedical College Magazine) – Joint venture of students of 4 medical colleges of Delhi – LHMC, AIIMS, UCMS and MAMC.
  • Sports – Prizes in Discus and Javelin throw.
  • Co-Chairperson of “Swimming pool committee” for fund raising for swimming pool filtration plant and other amenities in the hospital.
  • Chief Organizer of the first ever Cultural Festival held by the College.
  • President, Student’s Union, LHMC (1979-1980).
  • Nehru Gold Medal for Creative Writing, Shankar’s International Children Competition, 1971; one among five Indian recipients for literary work.