Dinesh Singal, M.D.
Dinesh Singal, M.D. founder and director of the Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System’s Physician Associates network, moonlights as the co-host of a biweekly, one-hour radio show that broadcasts to the regional South Asian population on all sorts of medical topics. Dr. Singal, who grew up and at-tended medical school in India, did his residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York, his cardiology fellow-ship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Rochester. He and his wife, Renu Singal, a reference librarian, have two adult children. Dr. Singal has been selected as one of the physician honorees for this year’s Saint Peter’s Spring Gala.
Did you always want to be a doctor?
In high school in India you had to decide at a very young age what career path to take. We joke that in India there are doctors, engineers, accountants and then everyone else. My father told me that I would never go hungry if I became a doctor because I would always have a job. I was only 15 at the time. I studied hard and was accepted at the premier medi-cal school in India.
How did you get your start on radio?
The station reached out to me to start a medical show about 15 years ago. It started as a half-hour cardiology show. It caught on and was eventually expanded to an hour. I asked Dr. Meena Murthy, an endocrinologist with Saint Peter’s, to join me as co-host. It has morphed over time into a broad-based medical show with guests from other specialties, who discuss a subject and answer questions from callers.
What makes the show appealing for you to do?
I learn so much from others in areas of medicine I don’t know. And there have been instances where people called and said they learned something that helped change their lives dramatically. Most people listen in their car, and people have told me they come home and sit in the car until the program is finished.