Dr. Arun Singh, one of New England’s top cardiac surgeons, is ending surgeries next month after performing more than 20,000 open heart surgeries on adults and children at Rhode Island’s Lifespan hospital system.
Sign’s announcement ``marks the close of a truly remarkable one-of-a-kind era at Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan,’’ stated Dr. Timothy Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan in a message to the hospital community.
Singh, who lives in Providence, joined Rhode Island Hospital in 1975 and has won many awards, including the Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award. He has been listed in America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America and was voted best cardiac surgeon in Rhode Island by his fellow physicians ``too many times to count,’’ said Babineau.
In 2014, he received Rhode Island Hospital’s Lifetime Champion Award for his passion and commitment to others. Singh has served as clinical director of cardiac surgery, director of the cardiac intensive care unit at RIH and a clinical professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
As a researcher, Singh is the author of hundreds of books, chapters and abstracts on cardiac surgery and has lectured through the world. A hospital spokesman says Singh plans to continue in medicine, but won't be performing surgeries.
``It is difficult to express in words the gratitude we feel for Dr. Singh’s genius and dedication, which have advanced many aspects of our cardiac program and saved countless lives,’’ said Babineau. ``His leadership has been instrumental in shaping Lifespan’s award-winning heart surgery program. His love for his work and for his patients has set the standard for colleagues near and far. He will be dearly missed by his patients, his colleagues and all of us at Lifespan.’’