Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Vice President of Professional Conduct, Santa Clara County Medical Association

Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, was named Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 12, 2017.

For the past 13 years, 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.

She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of science 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 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.

Sessions at Neurovations Events

4th Cancer Pain Research Consortium Annual Meeting

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Moderator: Interventional Applications for Cancer Pain
  • Intercostal Nerve Block Provides Pain Relief in Metastatic Chest Wall Disease
  • General Beliefs/Perspectives of Patients with Low THC Oil Card Regarding Marijuana Related Products (MRP)

2018 Napa Pain Conference

  • Intranasal Ketamine: Potential Role in Cancer Pain

Select Publications

  • Singh, Vinita, etal. “Disclosure and documentation of reported unanticipated medical events or outcomes: Need for health care providers education.” Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, 2012;32(1):14-22. doi: 10.10022012;32(1):14-22. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21087
  • Singh, Vinita, etal. “Iron deficiency in a male with multiple myeloma.” British Medical Journal Case Reports, 2010; 2010: bcr042010295