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11 Willard Street
North Grafton MA 01536


The Willard House & Clock Museum is a historic place with festive roots, right in the heart of Massachusetts. Come visit us for a guided tour of our museum.

2019 Robinson Lecture: Your Heart in my Hands

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2019 Robinson Lecture: Your Heart in my Hands

  • Willard House and Clock Museum 11 Willard St. North Grafton, MA 01536 (map)

Our speaker will be Dr. Arun Singh, a nationally recognized heart surgeon who has performed over 20,000 open heart surgeries over his 40-year career. His lecture titled “Your Heart in My Hands” documents his professional career from his life of poverty in India to showing up at Worcester airport with five dollars to his name to pursue a career in heart surgery! His recently published, best-selling book by the same title has exceeded all expectations and sent the author to over 70 interviews on national radio and television.

  To make Arun Singh’s story even more interesting, his life-long collection of masterpiece American decorative arts including furniture, folk art, brass, silver, ceramics and clocks, will be sold by Sotheby’s in New York during January Antiques week 2020. The entire proceeds from this collection will be donated to a small private school in his hometown in India that recognized Arun’s academic potential despite dyslexia, and other disabilities. Arun and his wife Barbara, have endowed the school since his rise to success over 40 years ago.

 Special thanks to David Gow for his brilliant suggestion that the Robinson lecture (named to honor Dr Roger Robinson, a noted heart surgeon in Worcester) need not necessarily have to be horology, it could in fact be cardiology!

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Non-members - $10



One of the most prolific Heart surgeons in American history, Arun K. Singh, M.D. was born in India in 1944.

Educated in India and trained at Columbia University, NYC, Brown University Medical School and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and, he has practiced since 1975 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, now retired 2016.

There, Dr. Singh helped build a nationally-recognized cardiac surgery program at RI. He has
personally performed more than 15,000 documented heart surgeries another 5,000 related procedures—a number virtually unsurpassed in the profession.

A professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, now Emeritus since 2016, he has published more than 150 scientific papers, authored many chapters in medical texts, and given lectures on heart disease and cardiac surgery to professional and lay audiences, both regionally and nationally. He is also an adjunct professor at Bryant University’s Physician Assistant Program.

As a physician, Dr. Singh has earned numerous national & international awards, including the American Heart Association “Hero at Heart”; the Dr. Charles L. Hill Award from the Rhode Island Medical Society; the first recipient of Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award, Life time achievement award by the Rhode Island Hospital and was inducted in Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

Dr. Singh was voted the state’s “Top Doc” in heart surgery for 20 years running, to name a few. Local politicians, congressional representatives and U S senators have honored him with numerous citations.

He and his wife Barbara, a native New Yorker, have been married 49 years. They have two sons, Ari and Michael, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

The Singh’s, lives in Providence, support a number of charities, including his favorites the Food bank & Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, which develops schools in rural India for underprivileged children.

He was inducted into RI Heritage Hall of Fame in 2017, his memoirs “Your Heart: My Hand” is published by the Hachette Book Group in 2019.

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Later Event: October 13
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