Career Progression in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Dr Atul Kalhan is our Endocrinology Director, and he gives his insight into how he’s progressed his career in Diabetes & Endocrinology.  

“I did my graduation and post graduation (MD Medicine) from Delhi University. My thesis topic (thyroid dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis) while pursuing MD, ignited a lifelong interest in ever so evolving and fascinating field of endocrinology. The pursuit of having the prestigious degree of MRCP against my name prompted me to travel to UK and work hard to attain a training number in Diabetes & Endocrinology as part of All Wales specialist registrar training program. I was lucky enough to work with Dr MD Page, Prof PM Evans, Dr Alan Rees and Prof Scanlon during my stint as a registrar and learn more about the mystical world of hormones.
I did 2nd of my Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at Cardiff University under guidance of Dr Aled Rees and Dr Jack Ham on evaluation of biological role of adenosine receptors in Neuroendocrine tumours. My research generated publications and abstracts and I was lucky enough to win oral presentation awards at European Neuroendocrine tumour annual meeting (ENETS, Granada, Spain; March 2009 – 2nd prize), UK & Ireland Neuroendocrine tumour annual meeting (UKINETS, London, UK; December 2008 – 1st prize) apart from winning the poster presentation awards at British Endocrine society (BES) annual meeting held in April 2009 and 2011.
I am currently working as a consultant physician/Diabetes & Endocrinology at Cardiff & vale University health board. I have written editorials for current opinion in Lipidology journal and published in more than a dozen peer reviewed journals. For last 18 months, I have been driven and consumed to write a book of multiple choice questions for the speciality certificate exam (SCE) in Diabetes & Endocrinology which will at last be published by Oxford University press in February 2015 bringing me immense satisfaction and joy.

I am a Royal college tutor for the Cardiff & Vale University healthboard apart from being actively involved in development and growth of diploma/MSc endocrinology course with South Wales University.

I am a sports addict with interest in field hockey, cricket, tennis and used to play professional Bridge in medical school days. Lately to beat the mid-life blues, I have taken to running and have completed 4 half marathons with a goal set for a full marathon in coming summer.”


An interesting insight by Dr Atul Kalhan, do you have any questions for him regarding Diabetes or Endocrinology?