Dr. Vanila Singh joined Congressman David Schweikert, founder of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, for a virtual roundtable to discuss the benefits of telemedicine and ways to continue expanding health care access through technology during COVID-19 and beyond. Telehealth is a key recommendation in the Pain Management Task Force Report.
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Dr. Vanila Singh joined Neil Cavuto on FOX Business to provide insight into the coronavirus vaccine rollout and her outlook for the pandemic.
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Dr. Vanila Singh joined Neil Cavuto on FOX Business to discuss the FDA's pending approval of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine and whether or not the vaccine should be mandatory.
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Hidden in the shadows of the Covid-19 pandemic is the U.S.’s drug epidemic, which is getting worse. One group that is paying the price for it, but shouldn’t be, are people who live with chronic pain conditions.
The opioid epidemic was initially fueled by the misuse of prescription opioids that were often obtained illegally. In recent years, though, the majority of overdose deaths have been caused by illegal or “street” drugs such as illicit fentanyl and its analogs, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
About a decade ago, in an effort to address the increase in opioid-related overdose deaths, government agencies at both the state and federal levels clamped down on prescription opioids in a misguided effort to tackle the crisis. The result? Numerous pain patients who were legitimate users of opioids were forced to stop taking these effective painkillers and left to fend for themselves. As a result, some of them turned to the black market, leading to far more overdose deaths.
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WEST CHESTER, PA / ACCESSWIRE / July 9, 2020 / Virpax® Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Virpax"), a company specializing in developing pharmaceutical products that incorporate the use of novel drug delivery systems for pain management, today announced the election of Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Singh was the immediate past Chief Medical Officer in the US Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"). She served as the Chairperson of the highly regarded HHS Task Force in conjunction with the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Singh is a clinical associate professor of Anesthesiology, Pain and Peri-operative Medicine at Stanford and is a teaching mentor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She served in medical ethics as well as on scientific editorial boards, committees for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, California Medical Association, and the Santa Clara County Medical Association. Dr. Singh, who is double board-certified in pain and anesthesiology, focuses her practice on regional anesthesia and peri-operative, subacute, and the development of chronic pain, with an appreciation for complimentary and traditional medicine approaches that emphasize an individualized patient-centered approach. She completed a masters in academic medicine as part of her professional development to further enhance leadership, educational curriculum development, and interdisciplinary work. Dr. Singh received her medical degree from George Washington University Medical School and her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Cell Biology/Economics.
"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Vanila to our Board of Directors. With her extensive experience both in government and academia, in addition to her knowledge and capability in pain management, we expect her to be instrumental in Virpax's ongoing growth and success," commented Chairman and CEO Anthony Mack.
"There is high unmet need globally for innovative, effective pain management. I believe that Virpax's novel drug compounds and new drug delivery systems are addressing this issue and I am excited to join the team in advancing this important mission," stated Dr. Singh.
About Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Virpax Pharmaceuticals is focused on developing branded prescription products and providing more efficient drug treatments using its proprietary cutting-edge delivery technologies designed to satisfy unmet global market needs. Virpax's pipeline consist of non-addictive products being studied to manage musculoskeletal pain, post-operative pain and moderate to severe chronic pain. While Virpax is a market leader in the development of non-addictive pain management products, Virpax is also using its patented delivery technologies to develop therapies to manage PTSD. For more information, please visit www.virpaxpharma.com.
Shana Panzarella, Chief of Staff
Virpax Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
SOURCE: Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Anesthesia Success: Why We Need More Anesthesiologists Involved In Policy And Leadership w. Dr. Vanila Singh
Dr. Vanila Singh was interviewed by Justin Harvey on the Anesthesia Success podcast, whose mission is to dig up valuable information and entertaining stories to allow anesthesia and pain physicians navigate career and finances with confidence.
This week, I talk to Dr. Vanila Singh about her experience in organizational and policy leadership. We talk about what it takes to stay strong when you get involved in politics and the ways that Dr. Singh’s career in anesthesia has uniquely shaped her to become an incredible leader. We also discuss why we need more physicians involved in all sorts of institutional decision-making in both government and healthcare organizations.
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One of our great warriors whom I have had the honor to treat is a Vietnam veteran who suffers from peripheral neuropathy, a chronic painful condition with significant medical co-morbidities that have given him pause during this pandemic.
Norm didn’t go to Vietnam only to be forgotten here at home.
American society has been adversely affected by COVID-19, not just from the virus but through the precautions and policies implemented to slow its spread. Intended to minimize the overburdening of our medical facilities, these actions have also had a devastatingly stalling effect on the U.S. and world economies — not just globally, but underneath the roof of each home.
This adverse impact has hit the homes and lives of veterans particularly hard.
Our veterans deserve better, and as we work to re-open our economy, it’s imperative we put veterans and their needs front and center – in particular, we need to consider specific veteran challenges in this COVID era, including workforce and hiring initiatives by the private and public sectors and particularly proactive health care for both the mind and body.
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Dr. Singh and Lanhee J. Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of domestic policy studies at Stanford University, jointly published an op-ed for The Washington Post on strategies for reopening campuses in the fall.
For some colleges and universities, the decision to bring back in-person research and instruction this fall is a matter of basic economic survival. But even where it is not, the pandemic crisis threatens the essence of college life. No distance-learning program, regardless of how well thought-out or planned it is, can replace the interactions among students, faculty and others that normally take place on college campuses.
Our students have expressed frustration about taking all of their classes online. What’s more, some from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds haven’t had access to the technology, resources or quiet spaces necessary for effective distance learning.
For all of these reasons, we urge campuses to bring students and in-person instruction back for the fall term. A return to in-person instruction should follow a strategy based on the latest science, balanced with efforts to restore campus life — with particular care for those who are most likely to suffer adverse health effects from covid-19. Although college students generally fall into an age category that has not experienced significant negative impacts or mortality because of the coronavirus, others they interact with, such as faculty and staff, may be at higher risk.
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Dr. Vanila Singh was interviewed by Jarvis T. Gray on the Healthcare QualityCast, a podcast spotlighting today's most exciting and inspiring quality professionals within the healthcare industry.
Here in episode #65 Dr. Singh starts our show with a leadership mindset of keeping clarity and cutting out the noise; Dr. Singh shares her impressive background with us, and quality people lets just say that she is our first podcast guest with her very own Wikipedia page; Dr. Singh shares a best moment of failure that literally hinges on an act of congress; and how perseverance drove her and her team to success; She teaches us how she builds close team connections by focusing on the human-side of leadership; Dr. Singh gives us thoughtful reflections on what it takes to develop personally as a leader; She shares her best aha moment that works to achieve balance between her personal and professional lives; She tells us what she’s excited about around the future of healthcare and public health; And Dr. Singh gives her best career advice, encouraging us to stay at it and to be great.
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Dr. Vanila Singh is one of AACIPM’s Advisory Committee members and a tireless advocate for patient-centered pain management. She has an important vantage point from her recent position as Chief Medical Officer at HHS and leading to completion the Best Practices Pain Management Task Force Report.
See what Dr. Singh has to say about AACIPM, the Task Force Report, Nora Volkow’s recent comments about the timeline for new pain medicines, innovation in pain management and more:
What are you most excited about in your work with AACIPM?
I am excited about the innovation to help address painful conditions. I believe we are at a potentially transformative time if all stakeholders can come together and put patients and their needs at the center. AACIPM is uniquely positioned in some ways to bring folks together to see these common goals.
Continue reading on the AACIPM blog.