THE ARTHUR TJANDRA FOUNDATION
Despite being born into a privileged background, Dr Arthur Tjandra was brought up in modest and humble way by his parents. Dr Arthur Tjandra is the grandson of Tjan Kim Kai, who set up the very first paint manufacturing plant in Medan, PT SICO, which is still in operation today, and great grandson of Thio Siong Soe, a well-known philanthropist, both were prominent businessmen in Indonesia. His father, Tjan Sek Him, who was the eldest son and heir of PT SICO, taught him that one should work hard to achieve one’s goals and dreams, and not rely on family’s fortune and inheritance. His mother, Thio Kim Swan, granddaughter of Thio Siong Soe, was Chief Financial Officer at his grandfather’s group of plantations and palm oil mills prior to getting married. She eventually chose to be a full-time stay-at-home mother who instilled Confucian values to her children.
Dr Arthur Tjandra grew up in Medan, Indonesia, where he attended a top school, Sutomo Primary School, Junior High School, and Senior High School, which was one of the schools which construction his great grandfather, Thio Siong Soe, contributed generously to. His great grandfather believed that poverty could be eradicated and a nation could be made strong through education. He donated to the constructions of many schools both in Indonesia and China.
Upon graduation from Sutomo Senior High School, where he was one of the top 10 graduates among approximately 700 to 800 graduating students, Dr Arthur Tjandra went on to attend medical schools at the University of North Sumatra in Medan, University of Wales in Cardiff, and University of Sydney in Sydney. After serving a 3-year bond with the Indonesian government, Dr Arthur Tjandra relocated to Singapore, after securing himself a post-graduate training position at Singapore General Hospital. Initially aspiring to be a cardiologist, Dr Arthur Tjandra eventually found his passion and love in cosmetic surgery. He was lucky enough to be trained by a great plastic surgeon, Dr Fong Poh Him, who was the father of liposuction in Singapore. Dr Arthur Tjandra later on followed Dr Fong Poh Him‘s foot steps to become one of the greatest liposuction surgeons in the world.
In 2008, Dr Arthur Tjandra set up his private practice, Elixir de Vie, which eventually becomes worldwide famous. Patients are coming to Dr Arthur Tjandra from every corner of the world, from Canada to Brazil, from United Kingdom to Germany, from UAE to India, from Hong Kong to Australia.
Entering his 10th year in private practice, 2018 marks another important milestone in Dr Arthur Tjandra‘s life. He sets up a blog, TantricPractice.com, to propagate Buddha Dharma. He also sets up The Arthur Tjandra Foundation, following the foot steps of his philanthropists Great Grandfather Thio Siong Soe, Aunt Della Suantio Lee and Uncle Lee Seng Gee. From 1st Jan 2018 onward, 50% of the profits generated by Elixir de Vie, will be channeled to The Arthur Tjandra Foundation. Dr Arthur Tjandra is not a billionaire. He is not even a multi-millionaire. But his mentor, A/Prof Fong Poh Him, once told him, “You don’t need to be a millionaire to start giving to those in needs. When you have only $10 and you give away $5, that is philanthropy.”