Mentoring Profile: Anila Bindal, MD, Rush Medical College

The Rush Women Mentoring Program fosters professional development and a sense of community and collaboration among women faculty at Rush University. In this series, we highlight program mentors and mentees and learn more about how mentoring has impacted them.

Anila Bindal, MD, endocrinologist and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College, joined Rush in 2016.

Tell us about your background.

I am an endocrinologist, and I am particularly interested in weight/obesity management, complex lipid problems and cardiometabolic risk reduction.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I truly believe that food and movement are medicine (and I practice what I preach). Endocrinology allows me to emphasize the importance of lifestyle every day. It’s rewarding to see people make these changes with guidance and see results! I also appreciate that the whole goal in endocrinology is to achieve balance and homeostasis in everything.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush has been such a great place to work, as I’ve already had the opportunity to collaborate and work in a weight loss clinic and am in the process of starting an integrated metabolic center with other providers who are passionate about the same things I am.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship?

Mentorship is absolutely vital. It is one of the greatest gifts to be able to see someone’s true potential and guide them in harnessing their best. Without the guidance from my mentors, I would not have had the courage to follow my passions.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Persevere! Don’t be afraid of hard work but find your balance. Doing things you’re passionate about will make the tough days easier. Network with as many people as you can. Women, find your strength and value internally so that external comments don’t affect you.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I have more hobbies than time allows for! At the top of my list are yoga, running and hiking. I’ve been learning more meditation and recently attended a 10-day silent meditation course. I’m in the process of starting improv classes and also enjoy cooking, arts/crafts and interior designing.