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Vibha (Vibha) Singhal, MBBS

  • Instructor, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Obesity Medicine Physician, MGH Weight Center

617-726-2909

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Overview

Dr. Vibha Singhal is a board certified Pediatric Endocrinologist with a particular interest in obesity medicine.  She has a grant from the NIH which evaluates the effects of sleeve gastrectomy on insulin secretion and the factors that determine that change in adolescents with severe obesity.  Her career goal is to develop personalized medicine to prevent and manage obesity and improve outcomes.

Departments

Weight Center

Pediatrics

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Pubertal disorders
  • Growth and nutritional disorders
  • Adolescent menstrual disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1
  • Bone and mineral metabolism
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Pediatric endocrinology
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
Medical Education
  • MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
Foreign Languages
  • Hindi
  • Panjabi
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston: Pediatric Group Practice
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric
Provider Gender
Female

Biography

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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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

 

News & Events

  • Singhal, Uchida receive pilot feasibility awards for innovative preliminary research

    Two physician scientists from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have received pilot feasibility grants to conduct innovative preliminary research in the fields of pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology and behavioral health.

  • MGHfC celebrates 10th annual Research Day

    This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease.

  • MGHfC celebrates 10 years of child health research

    The outlook for child health research – both in federal funding and at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – is a bright one, was the message from speakers at the 10th anniversary of MGHfC Pediatric Research Day.

  • MGHfC Recognizes Employees' Years of Service at 72nd Annual Ether Day

    Ether Day, a tradition started in 1945, is a day to recognize MGHfC and Mass General staff for their years of service to patients and the hospital's overall mission. Learn more about what MGHfC means to some of those providers and staff.

  • Stumbling blocks into stepping stones

    Perseverance and grace are qualities people often learn through life experiences. For 17-year-old Olivia Renzi, these qualities allowed her to transform stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

  • Olivia Finds Inner Strength, Grace Through a Complex Diagnosis

    For years, doctors could not determine why Olivia Renzi, 17, was growing so rapidly. She was much taller than other children her age and wasn’t developing normally. In 2013, her mother knew something wasn’t right, so she brought her then 14-year-old daughter to MGHfC. Olivia was diagnosed with gigantism, a rare growth disorder, but the diagnosis taught her to tap into a source of inner strength she didn't know she had.

Contact

Pediatric Endocrine Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-2909
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623
Phone: 978-882-6999
Fax: 978-882-6989

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