New Chair for the Department of Psychiatry Named

Psych Chair AnnouncementDr. Vivek Singh was appointed the new chair for the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  Dr. Singh will begin his new role on June 13, 2015.  Dr. Singh is currently an associate professor of psychiatry and interim vice-chair for clinical affairs, medical director of University Hospital psychiatric services, director of the Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service, and chairman of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Dr. Singh received his M.D. from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, and MPH degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois. Following his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he obtained post-doctoral fellowship training in psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry at UTHSCSA. He is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His clinical, research, and teaching activities are focused on bipolar disorders and psychosomatic medicine. Dr. Singh has authored numerous articles and book chapters on bipolar disorders. He is also an active reviewer for several psychiatric journals and member of editorial boards. He is a highly sought after national speaker on bipolar disorders and educates practicing psychiatrists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of this illness.

Dr. Singh has been actively involved with the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) where he is vice-president of education and chairman of the education committee. He is also a member of the executive committee and on the Board of Councilors of the ISBD. He has been the editor-in-chief of the International Society for Bipolar Disorder Global Newsletter since 2010. Dr. Singh’s clinical practice focuses on the assessment and pharmacological treatment of bipolar illness as well as other mood disorders. He has been recognized for his clinical excellence by his peers and is actively sought by them for second opinions of complex and challenging cases. He has been rated as among “The Best Doctors in America” since 2005.

Dr. Singh and his wife Radhika, and their two sons, Varun and Viraj, will make El Paso their new home.