In Memoriam

Dr. Zeba Singh - November 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Zeba Singh has passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Dr. Singh was a cherished faculty member in the Department of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She was a master diagnostician and educator in hematopathology, and an absolute fan favorite amongst trainees and clinical colleagues. She is widely renowned for her diagnostic expertise and teaching skills, and is adored by generations of trainees in pathology and hematology. She was the consummate academician and hematopathologist, and a tireless advocate for our patients, trainees, and subspecialty.

Dr. Singh's academic accomplishments are too numerous to list here in full. She attended medical school at Rajasthan University in India, and did postgraduate work in pathology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, and at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After immigrating to the United States, she completed pathology residency and hematopathology fellowship at the University of Chicago, followed by molecular pathology fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Her clinical expertise and research foci were in the areas of myeloid neoplasia and multiple myeloma / plasma cell dyscrasia. At the University of Maryland, she served as the section head and fellowship director of the hematopathology program. Her extensive publication record and widespread network of former trainees attest to her incredible expertise and tremendous academic gifts.

She received numerous directed consults from pathologists seeking her expert opinion on highly challenging myeloid neoplasms, and generated detailed diagnostic reports which stand as educational gems for our coworkers across the field. She additionally served as an expert reviewer for numerous prestigious journals, and on the education committee at the Society for Hematopathology, further evidence of her lifelong passion for hematopathology. Previous fellows in both hematopathology and hematology / oncology speak glowingly of her exceptional teaching, and her lessons have carried generations of doctors into practice.

As many of you know, Dr. Singh had a fabulous personality with incredible warmth, an excellent sense of humor, and a true passion for many things in life even beyond hematopathology (classical music, great coffee, great cooking, baking especially bread and pastries, world travel, dogs of all shapes and sizes, babies). She delighted in getting to know her colleagues' families and especially loved hematopathology social events. She was incredibly generous with her time, even when undergoing extreme personal hardships. Her friendship is irreplaceable. We will carry on her legacy forever.

Our thoughts are with Dr. Singh’s family, friends, and colleagues.