Son of a hospital consultant, Rangan has always been interested in medicine. But he’s also passionate about sport, and music; at 11, he learned four instruments.
“After university I worked in Edinburgh for two years. I’d planned to stay, but my father was ill, and I went back to Manchester to help my mother care for him. I did that for fifteen years.”
Meanwhile, he was working as a GP, a job he adores. When his father died, Rangan, realising how the stressful schedule had impacted his wellbeing, took himself in hand, and then changed the way he treated his patients.
“In my twenty years, the landscape of health has changed. The bulk of my patients are suffering from the result of the modern lifestyle – junk food, sedentary jobs, sleep distractions and no down time. I started to give them tools to help improve their life – and prevent illness, or, in some cases, reverse an existing condition.”
He shared his philosophy through his appearances in the BBC series, Dr in the House.
“I shared my passion for changing public health, by doing the show. If 2 pc of the viewers make a change, that’s half a million people. I cannot have that impact in practise. My goal is to transform health; to empower people to take care of their own health, which will take stress off the health services.”
Who is Rangan Chatterjee
Date of birth: 1977 in Manchester.
Education: Manchester Grammar School; Edinburgh University; Medicine and a degree in immunology.
Home: South Manchester.
Family: Wife, and two children aged 7 and 5.
The Day Job: GP and father.
In Another Life: “I’d have been a singer songwriter.”
Favourite Writers: Tim Ferriss; “And my favourite recent read is Silence: in the age of Noise, by Erling Kagge.”
Second Novel: “I’m talking to Penguin about it.”
Top Tip: “Get out of your own head and into the reader’s head.”
Web: www.drchatterjee.com Twitter: @drchatterjeeuk
The Debut: The 4 Pillar Plan. Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life. Penguin Life: €19.99. Kindle: €11.32.
In this beautifully produced, readable book, Dr Chatterjee explains four, simple rules for a healthier life, and gives medically proven examples of how his methods work.
The Verdict: I really liked this; it’s easy to follow.
Published in The Irish Examiner on 3rd February
© Sue Leonard. 2018