Vanila M. Singh, MDOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Health – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. Singh is the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. She is the Chair of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. She is also the Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region IX.  

Since 2004, Dr. Singh has been a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine, she specializes in treating patients with complex chronic pain issues. Her practice focuses on regional anesthesia with a specialty in advanced ultrasound- guided procedures for pain management and anesthesia medicine.  Dr. Singh has given numerous lectures on various pain syndromes, including phantom limb pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer pain and central pain and neuropathic pain.  In addition to abstracts and book chapters, she has developed teaching modules for resident education on pain and was recently serving as the director of the Regional Anesthesia Resident Rotation performing ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in regional and pain.  She was a member of the hospital ethics committee, clinical competency committee, and resident education.  She is a teaching scholar and member of the teaching and mentoring academy at Stanford.

She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in both molecular and cell biology and economics. She received her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Singh completed her internal medicine internship at Yale University School of Medicine and her anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at Cornell-Weill New York Hospital, which included training at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Hospital for Special Surgery. She received a master’s degree in academic medicine through the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Singh has been active in national medical organizations, serving as the Vice Chair of the National Physicians Council on Health Policy; an editorial board member of the Pain Physician Journal for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, Society California Anesthesiology, California Medical Association’s (CMA) House of Delegates. She also served on the CMA’s Council on Ethical, Legal and Judicial Affairs, and more recently, as a member of its Subcommittee on Health Information Technology.  Dr. Singh has been on the scientific planning committee of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain.  She is a STEM model for 2017 and was recently awarded Leading Physicians of the World 2017 and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Interventions Pain Physicians.  Dr. Singh is recognized as a woman in multiple leadership roles and has inspired women at various engagements to celebrate their contributions to medicine, science, and public health.


Opening Session: Awards & Basic Science Night

Chief Medical Officer
Washington, DC