Annual Meeting

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Join the Kansas City Medical Society for our 2019 Annual Meeting!
Thursday, September 26, 2019  |  5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Marriott Kansas City Overland Park

Speaker: Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM
Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine

Plus … Back by Popular Demand!
Wesley Hamilton, adaptive athlete and advocate for the disabled

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Registration is now open for the Kansas City Medical Society Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 26, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park. The evening will feature a networking reception along with presentation of the Medical Society’s 2019 annual awards and remarks by Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM. She is a clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and most recently chief medical officer in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Speaker Biography

Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM served as chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, from June 2017 through July 2019. During that time, her primary accomplishment was chairing the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. In May 2019, task force presented its report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach. See the full report.

Dr. Singh is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she has served for the past 13 years. 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 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.

As chief medical officer in HHS, Dr. Singh served as the primary medical advisor to the assistant secretary for health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health includes 11 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General, 12 advisory committees and 10 regional offices. Dr. Singh’s portfolio includes issues related to pain medicine, including opioid use and misuse, medical ethics and public health.

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About Wesley Hamilton

Wesley Hamilton was born and raised on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., where it was difficult for a young African American male to find opportunity outside of the streets. By the age of 16, he was on his own and too much for his mother to handle. At age 22 he saw the birth of his daughter, Nevaeh. He started working a full-time job and fought for and obtained sole custody of her. In January 2012, then age 24, life changed. He was shot multiple times by people he did not know, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Initially fighting depression and weight gain, he realized he had to set an example for Nevaeh. He adopted a fitness and nutrition regimen, losing 100 pounds and leaving behind the dark cloud of depression. Today he is an adaptive athlete, succeeding in bodybuilding, wheelchair sprinting and cross-fit. He also started the Disabled But Not Really Foundation to encourage people with disabilities to exercise. He also shares his inspiring story with youth and community groups around the area.