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Steve K. Singh, MDSurgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
When Lauren had her first heart transplant back in 2013, her heart transplant surgeon was Dr. Cooper. Since then he has left Brigham and Women's Hospital and currently is at Tuft's Hospital. We felt very confident with him and what else can I say, he saved my daughter's life.
So when we heard, he was no longer at the Brigham's obviously we wanted to meet and chat with the surgeon that is going to have Lauren's life in his hands.
When Dr. Singh entered into the room, he was very pleasant and really took his time with us. Not saying anything bad, but to be honest most heart surgeons can come across, little cold and right to the point. These surgeons are brilliant & focused with skilled hands. There life is surgery. They never know when the call will come in either, with that said they must be ready at all times.
As we were talking, we found Dr. Singh to be quite delightful and not hurried. Dr. Singh allowed us to ask all the questions and didn't leave the room until we felt comfortable and Lauren felt safe with him. He did answer some questions about the surgery we didn't want to here (what could go wrong) being a second heart transplant, mostly Lauren having more scar tissue now. Every surgery is scary and comes with all the risks involved, that is why we need our your prayers for Lauren.
I do have some encouraging news, Dr. Singh told us that he has had multiple offers for Lauren a new heart, but he turned them down. Not the perfect heart for Lauren. We were so excited to hear that, she is on the top of the list, it reaffirmed us that Lauren has had offers. It lifted our spirits, at times we just feel like we are just sitting around. Last time we waited 9 months but in my gut I really feel we won't have to wait that long. Hopeful thinking, yes but always staying positive. Below is little bio on Steve Kelvin Singh, M.D.
Steve Kelvin Singh, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C, joins the Heart and Vascular Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the Surgical Director for Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, and faculty member in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Singh joins the BWH community from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where he served as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Surgical Director of Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation, and the Interim Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Assist Devices.
Dr. Singh completed his undergraduate, medical school training (MD, 2003) and cardiac surgery residency training (2010) at the University of Toronto. During that time he also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc, 2007). His chief resident year was spent at Stanford University in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, after which he continued as their clinical fellow in Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support (2011). Dr. Singh began his professional career as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at McMaster University, Canada, where he was also residency program director (2011-2013).
Dr. Singh is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC, 2010) and UNOS Certified in Heart and Lung Transplantation. His clinical and academic interests are end-stage heart failure, mechanical circulatory support (VAD, ECMO), lung-transplantation, and adult cardiac surgery: including coronary surgery (on and off pump beating heart surgery), valvular repair and replacement, ascending aorta surgery, surgery for arrhythmias and re-operations. He has written over 45 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and presented at numerous national and international meetings. He holds multiple peer-reviewed grants as a principal investigator.
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