One of the most prolific Heart surgeons in American history, Arun K. Singh, M.D. was born in India in 1944.
At age 7, he endured two bone-shattering accidents; temporary paralysis of his dominant hand that required years of arduous rehabilitation.
Despite missing five years of school due to his incapacitates, his mother tutored him at home and prepared him psychologically for reentry into a limited academic primary school. He was dyslexic, a congenital neurological condition that affects the learning process. Astonishingly, he eventually graduated from medical school in his homeland with high honors at the age of 22.
He immigrated to the USA in 1967 for surgical training.
He was trained at Columbia University, NYC, Brown University Medical School and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and, he has practiced since 1975 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, now retired 2016.
There, Dr. Singh helped build a nationally-recognized cardiac surgery program at RI. He has personally performed more than 15,000 documented heart surgeries another 3,000 related procedures—a number virtually unsurpassed in the profession.
A professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, now Emeritus since 2016, he has published more than 150 scientific papers, authored many chapters in medical texts, and given lectures on heart disease and cardiac surgery to professional and lay audiences, both regionally and nationally. He is also an adjunct professor at Bryant University’s Physician Assistant Program.
As a physician, Dr. Singh has earned numerous awards, including the American Heart Association “Hero at Heart”; the Dr. Charles L. Hill Award from the Rhode Island Medical Society; the first recipient of Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award and Life time achievement award by the Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Singh was voted the state’s “Top Doc” in heart surgery for 20 years running, to name a few. Local politicians, congressional representatives and U.S. senators have honored him with numerous citations.
He and his wife Barbara, a native New Yorker, have been married 47 years. They have two sons, Ari and Michael, two grandsons and a granddaughter.
The Singhs, who live in Providence, support a number of charities, including his favorites the Food bank & Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, which develops schools in rural India for underprivileged children.
He was inducted into RI Heritage Hall of Fame in 2017, his memoirs “Your Heart, My Hands” will be published by the Hachette Book Group, April 2019.
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Awards and Honors
Voted “Best Cardiac Surgeon in RI” by physicians in 1990 since then every year.
Listed in “The Best Doctors in America”, 1996-1997.
Voted first “The Milton Hamolsky MD Outstanding Physician of the Year 2001” (from 2500 physicians at Rhode Island Hospital). This award was given in honor of Dr. Hamolsky for contributions, dedication, research and leadership in medicine.
Voted “American’s Top Doctor – Thoracic Surgeon”, a Castle Connolly Guide, 2003.
Listed in “Best Physicians & Hospital for treatment of atrial fibrillation” in Money Magazine, November, 2003.
Awarded the “Dr. Charles L. Hill Award” by the Rhode Island Medical Society, 2004. This award was given for dedication, research and contributions in medicine in State.
Voted “Rhode Island Monthly – Top Doctors” in May 2005, since then every year. Best Cardiac surgeon In RI.
American Heart Association—Hero at Heart, 2006.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Rhode Island Hospital, 2014 Lifespan, First Physician to receive the honor.
Inducted in Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2017.