Ashwani K. Singal

Ashwani K. Singal, MD, FAASLD, FACG, MS

Transplantation, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology

"After witnessing my aunt die from a severe blood transfusion reaction, I pursued a profession in medicine so that I could care for the health of others."

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If you or a loved one is suffering with a disease or disorder of the liver, turn to Ashwani Singal, MD, at Avera Medical Group Liver Disease in Sioux Falls, SD.

Expert Care for the Liver

Dr. Singal is part of a team in which the physicians and surgeons work closely together to provide the patient with the highest level of care possible.

With international experience from India, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, he has developed a large practice to provide hepatology service to South Dakota and neighboring states. Dr. Singal initiated an integrated clinic for patients with alcohol-associated liver disease, the first of its kind in the Midwest, and managed by hepatologists and de-addiction team.

His special interests include:

“I like to treat all my patients with respect, dignity and compassion,” Dr. Singal said. “The most important thing is to give them confidence that I am listening with an open mind, and they are being treated with the best of my abilities.” With a rating in the top box on patient satisfaction, he has consistently received positive feedback from his patients.

Education and Teaching

Dr. Singal is a professor of medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He directs the Hepatology Elective course for senior medical students, and regularly mentors students and residents from USD and internationally, including India, Pakistan and the Middle East.

His mentees have regularly received recognition and travel awards from USD and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Clinical Research

In addition to serving Avera patients, Dr. Singal is interested in research. He directs the clinical research program at Avera Liver Disease. With funded research from the American College of Gastroenterology and National Institutes of Health in the past, and ongoing international collaborations, he has brought Avera as part of the global NASH registry and alcoholic hepatitis studies.

Dr. Singal has over 225 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on several topics including alcohol with hepatitis C virus infection, liver transplant for alcoholic hepatitis, acute on chronic liver failure, and porphyria. He is regularly invited to give presentations and talks at national and international forums.

View Dr. Singal's published works on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website.

Personal Interests

In his free time, Dr. Singal enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading and exploring transplant-related research. Besides English, he is also fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.



University of Delhi School of Medicine, New Delhi, India, Medical School

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India


Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Bronx VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Internal Medicine


University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Gastroenterology

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN, Transplant Hepatology

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Professor of Medicine, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (since July 2021)
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (01/19-05/21)
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham (08/12-09/18)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • American Gastroenterology Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society of Transplantation: International Liver Transplantation Society
  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • European Association for Study of Liver

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • Edgar Achkar Visiting Professorship by the American College of Gastroenterology at the University of Iowa
  • Chair, Special Interest Group on alcohol-associated liver disease for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Ambassador of excellence from the CLD Foundation for the state of South Dakota


  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Certified in Subspecialty of Gastroenterology
  • Certified in Subspecialty of Transplant Hepatology

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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