Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 26!

The Medical Society is pleased to announce that our 2019 annual meeting speaker will be Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, Stanford University School of Medicine professor who served from June 2017 to July 2019 as chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, same location as the 2018 annual meeting.

Dr. Singh’s appearance follows on the heels of last year’s highly successful annual meeting featuring U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, which drew some 350 attendees.

Also speaking–back by popular demand–will be Wesley Hamilton of Kansas City, an adaptive athlete and advocate for the disabled. After a gunshot wound left him paralyzed, he built his physical fitness and started the Disabled But Not Really Foundation. Wesley captured the audience with his stellar presentation to the 2018 KCMS Annual Meeting.

About Dr. Vanila Singh

During her time at HHS, Dr. Singh chaired 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.

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.

At Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Singh is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. She has been on the Stanford faculty for the past 13 years.

She has been active in national medical organizations, serving as the vice chair of the National Physicians Council on Health Policy, and editorial board member of the Pain Physician journal for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Watch for further announcements on the meeting including registration information.