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Obituary: Sudhir Singh, endocrinology specialist, 45

Physician noted for patient care with focus on metabolic, endocrine disorders

January 30, 2024

Sudhir M. Singh, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Dec. 24, 2023, following a short illness. He was 45.

Singh specialized in caring for patients with metabolic and endocrine disorders. His work focused on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, testosterone replacement, pituitary disease, and rare tumors of the adrenal glands.

“Dr. Singh embodied the qualities of a great physician: kindness, empathy, an extensive knowledge of disease, and an absolute commitment to doing the right thing for every patient,” said Clay F. Semenkovich, MD, the Irene E. and Michael M. Karl Professor and director of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research. “Sudhir was a gentle soul who saw the goodness in everyone. His patients and colleagues miss him deeply.”

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Singh earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology Chittagong, in Bangladesh. He spent several years as a house officer — or junior doctor — in medicine and general surgery at B&B Hospital in Lalitpur, Nepal, and later at Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. Singh came to the U.S. to pursue an internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He served an extra year as a chief resident and later as a teaching hospitalist at St. Luke’s. In 2012, he was voted resident of the year in internal medicine at St. Luke’s.

In 2017, he came to Washington University School of Medicine as a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research. He later became an instructor in medicine, and, in July 2023, he became an assistant professor of medicine in the same division.

Singh is survived by his parents, Bidur and Sabitri Singh; his partner, Reena Gurung, MD; and several uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends.

A service was held Dec. 29 in St. Charles, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research at Washington University.