Davinder J. Singh, MD, is a pediatric craniofacial plastic surgeon and Division Chief of plastic surgery at Phoenix Children's. She specializes in cleft and craniofacial surgery for conditions that affect the soft tissues and bones of the skull and face. She is co-medical director of the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Phoenix Children's.
Working with refugees from Myanmar as a volunteer inspired Dr. Singh to pursue medicine. She saw the impact of healthcare providers on families whose lives had been upended by war or natural disasters. "I realized I wanted to be a surgeon and have the ability to immediately help another person," Dr. Singh says.
Dr. Singh came to Phoenix Children's with a vision of building a comprehensive plastic surgery program for children with complex face, skull, hand, and wound reconstruction needs. At Phoenix Children's, she found a team that shares her passion for caring for children and their families. "I'm inspired every day by the commitment of the entire team," Dr. Singh says. "I love being surrounded by such dedicated providers and staff."
Dr. Singh received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, she completed residencies in surgery at Columbia University and plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
During her fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, she completed advanced training in managing cleft lip and palate, and conditions that affect the skull, face and jaw. Following her fellowship, she received specialized training in jaw surgery and distraction with the Craniofacial Center in Mexico City.
Dr. Singh is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She's also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Actively involved in research, Dr. Singh is published widely in peer-reviewed journals. She also presents biannually at the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery Congress and regularly chairs and moderates panels at national craniofacial meetings.
Dr. Singh believes in a team-based, individualized approach to patient care. "Our treatment plan should consider a patient's medical, emotional, and psychologic needs as well as those of the family," Dr. Singh says. "It's rewarding to follow infants into adulthood and see them embrace life and pursue their dreams."
She also finds great reward in teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians and surgeons. "After patient care, my most important mission is to mentor," Dr. Singh says. She is one of the founding members of the Women's Surgical Collaborative at Phoenix Children's. Dr. Singh also is grateful to be able to teach medical students and residents.
When she's not working, Dr. Singh enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons, hiking and biking. They also volunteer with Scouts and other charities, and value being able to give back to the community. Read less