Plastic Surgeon Performs More Than 37,000 Cleft Palate Surgeries for Free

By Peyton Phillips December 7, 2021
"I feel God made me a plastic surgeon and not a businessman to serve a divine cause," said Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh.

Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh is becoming globally recognized for conducting cleft palate surgeries free of charge. Singh has performed the procedure for more than 37,000 children and adults as part of his “Smile Train Project.”

Singh is a well-known plastic surgeon in India, and he established G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital and Trauma Center, located in Varanasi, India, in 2001 in honor of his late father. The hospital provides state-of-the-art reconstructive plastic surgery for patients in need at an affordable cost. 

“In every cleft child who has come to me, I have visualised that little Subodh, who lost his father when he was only 13. My father Gyan Singh and mother Giriraj Kumari (she died last year) taught me to serve the poor and live ethically,” Singh told The New Indian Express. “I feel God made me a plastic surgeon and not a businessman to serve a divine cause.”

Singh earned his degree from the Institute of Medical Sciences, one of six institutes of Banaras Hindu University. He is also a Diplomat of the National Board in Plastic Surgery. Singh is also trained in aesthetic surgery, head and neck reconstruction, burns and hand repair and microsurgery at various institutions.

Image source: New Indian Express