About Vibha Singhal, MD, MBBS

I attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the top medical school in India. While at AIIMS I gained a great deal of clinical experience and afterwards decided to continue my training in the United States. After some early laboratory experience, I started my residency training at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. While at the Mayo Clinic, I had the pleasure of learning and practicing clinical pediatrics in a state of the art medical center. I was able to pursue research through infrastructure and resources that had previously been unavailable to me and my training and research during this time solidified my passion for research in pediatric obesity.

I subsequently joined the fellowship program at The Massachusetts General Hospital which provided a sound base of clinical knowledge. Here I continue to practice and learn from the world's leading providers and researchers. My own research focuses on evaluating regional fat depots. I am interested in associations between visceral, subcutaneous, marrow and brown fat and how changes to these fat depots relates to bone accrual. I have presented my research at national and international meetings. I recently received federal funding to evaluate the changes in function of the pancreas after weight loss surgery (particularly sleeve gastrectomy) in adolescents. My long term goal is to develop personalized therapies for extreme obesity in adolescents.


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Mass General for Children: Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2909

Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center: Weight Center
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Boston, MA 02114
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Medical Education

  • MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

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My research interests include evaluation of bone outcomes in extremes of spectrums – anorexia nervosa to severe obesity. I am also interested in evaluating the role of different fat depots – visceral, subcutaneous, marrow and brown fat and their contribution to bone and metabolic consequences in various disease states like athletic triad and anorexia. My recent work focuses on evaluating metabolic changes that happen after bariatric surgery in adolescents and the potential mechanisms contributing to those changes.

Current Research Projects

Metabolic outcomes of bariatric surgery in adolescents

Ongoing: Beta-cell function after sleeve gastrectomy

Bone metabolism, neuroendocrine alterations and regional fat alterations in nutritional disorders including obesity, anorexia nervosa, and athletic amenorrhea.

Ongoing: Marrow fat changes in girls with anorexia nervosa and evaluating changes after estrogen and IGF-1 replacement

Learn more about research at the Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center.


  • Listed only a few out of 14 first author and co-authored publications

      1. Singhal V, Schwenk,FW, Kumar S. Concise review of childhood and adolescent obesity. Mayo Clinic proceedings. 2007. 82(10): 1258-1263.
      2. Kamath CC, Vickers KS, Ehrlich A, McGovern L, Johnson J, Singhal V, Paulo R, Hettinger A, Erwin PJ, Montori VM. Clinical review: behavioral interventions to prevent childhood obesity: a systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized trials. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008. 93(12):4606-15.
      3. McGovern L, Johnson JN, Paulo R, Hettinger A, Singhal V, Kamath C, Erwin PJ, Montori VM. Clinical review: treatment of pediatric obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008. 93(12):4600-5
      4. Nader NS*, Singhal V*, Javed A, Weaver A, Kumar S: Temporal Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obesity/Overweight in Primary Care: J Prim Care Community Health. Jan 2014. ]. * = equal contribution.
      5. Singhal V, Misra M, Klibanski A: Endocrinology of anorexia nervosa in young people: recent insights : Current Opinions in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity 2014 Feb; 21(1):64-7
      6. Singhal V, Maffazioli G, Cano Sokoloff N Ackerman KE, Lee H, Gupta, N, Clarke H, Slattery M, Bredella M, Misra M Regional Fat Depots and their Relationship to Bone Density and Microarchitecture in Young Oligo-amenorrheic Athletes. Bone, 77 (2015) 83-90


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