The Dr. Vivek Singh Endowment for Psychiatry Lectureship
In remembrance of Vivek Singh, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has established the Dr. Vivek Singh Endowment for Psychiatry Lectureship.
Dr. Singh, who passed away Oct. 31, 2015, began his role at TTUHSC El Paso June 13, 2015. During his brief time in El Paso, he built strong community relations and hired six new faculty physicians. In less than five months, Dr. Singh built the foundation for a world-class psychiatry department that continues to identify and address the mental health needs of the border population, provide cutting-edge care to those suffering from mental illnesses in El Paso, and integrate mental health into primary care settings.
Dr. Singh came to TTUHSC El Paso from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), where he served as a 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. Dr. Singh received his M.D. from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, and his M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was a member of the Executive Committee and served on the Board of Councilors of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). He was also the editor-in-chief of the organization’s global newsletter, starting in 2010.
Dr. Singh had an unwavering enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring psychiatry residents. He also held multiple leadership positions within the department, he enjoyed his research, and authored many textbook chapters while maintaining his clinical eminence. He was a force of nature who moved through life with passion and precision. He exemplified excellence, not as a skill, but as a standard.
“Vivek was a lightning bolt — an electric personality that charged anyone who approximated him. He was an indelible figure — devastatingly intelligent, equitable, humorous, and albeit mischievous, always warm-hearted. His vivid and brilliant energy was persistently imbued into others. Few men genuinely, tangibly change the world; even fewer alter the values and veracity of others for the betterment of humanity. Vivek, although so focused and compelled ‘to do’ that he may have been truly unaware, did both in an exemplary fashion. Some men become dust upon their demise; others remain with us by becoming integrated into our beings. Vivek was the latter; he left the earth better than when he arrived, and he left others better off for having known him. To this moment, he inspires me to emulate his living manifesto.”
– Dr. Singh’s former resident, Joseph Drumm, M.D.
We invite Dr. Singh’s friends and colleagues to join us in honoring him by contributing to the Dr. Vivek Singh Endowment for Psychiatry Lectureship. This endowment will continue Dr. Singh’s legacy by supporting an annual lectureship of psychiatry experts for resident training. Donations may be made online by clicking the button below.
In loving memory of Dr. Vivek Singh,
Peter Thompson, M.D.
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso