Ila Singh, MD, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-824-5152
Fax: 832-825-5110

Contact Information

6621 Fannin Street
Suite WB1100
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine

Texas Children's Hospital

Professor, Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
New York Presbyterian Hospital residency Clinical Pathology 1999
Stanford University School of Medicine post-doctoral fellow Jane Coffins Child Fellowship 1996
Yale University PhD Doctor of Philosophy 1993
University of Bombay, Topiwala National Medical College MBBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 1987


Dr. Singh has two major interests. The first is her focus on laboratory test stewardship, and on the mechanisms used to optimize the type and frequency of physician test orders to achieve better clinical outcomes and reduce waste. Her second interest is clinical informatics and the use of machine learning to determine key drivers in healthcare. 
Dr. Singh leads TRUU-Lab a national initiative to give rational and easily understood names to lab tests. She is board-certified in Clinical Pathology, and in Clinical Informatics. 


Organization Name Role
Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists Member
American Society for Microbiology Member
Association of Pathology Informatics Member
College of American Pathologists Member

Selected Publications

Procop GW, Daley AT, Baron J, Collier C, Hamilton MS, Hess NL, Lewandrowski K, McLawhon RW, Perrotta PL, Schifman RB, Schmidt RL, Singh I, (2017) Developing and Managing a Medical Laboratory (Test) Utilization Management Program, 1st Edition, CLSI GP49-ED1:2017.

Dickerson JA, Fletcher AH, Procop G, Keren DF, Singh IR, Garcia JJ, Carpenter RB, Miles J, Jackson B, Astion ML, (2017) Transforming Laboratory Utilization Review into Laboratory Stewardship: Guidelines by the PLUGS® National Committee for Laboratory Stewardship, J Appl Lab Med, 2:259-268.

Auerbach MR, Shu C, Kaplan A, Singh IR. (2003) Functional characterization of a portion of the Moloney murine leukemia virus gag gene by genetic footprinting. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100(20), 11678-83. Commentary to article: Rein A., (2003) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 100: 11929-11930.

Singh IR, Crowley RA, Brown PO (1997) High-resolution functional mapping of a cloned gene by genetic footprinting. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 94(4), 1304.

View All Publications: