My work focuses on putting patient safety at the heart of medical education and practice. I care for inpatients at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) as well as in nursing home settings.
I conduct research on patient safety and quality of care, focusing especially on the role of system science and information technology in improving safety in primary care. I have served as a co-investigator on grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and as the principal investigator on various other grants, including a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant that examined adopting health information technology in primary care offices and its current and potential impacts on patient safety. I bring together methods from diverse fields, including systems and reliability theory, complexity science and management science to create unique approaches to improving care.
I mentor medical students on research projects. I also supervise master’s and doctoral students in UB’s School of Management who are interested in the field of management in health care settings. As vice chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine and director of the Primary Care Research Institute, my goal is to foster high quality health services research aimed at improving patient care and patient health while keeping costs down.
My teaching of medical students and residents also focuses on patient safety, including medication safety and medical error disclosure. I teach these topics during clerkship, in lectures and small groups. I also teach clinical skills and supervise medical students in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I supervise family medicine residents on the inpatient service at ECMC and in nursing homes.
Education and Training:
MBA, University at Buffalo, with Distinction (2003)
Cert, Teambuilding, Cornell University (2000)
Residency, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (1999)
MB BChir, Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. (1994)
BA, Management Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. (1992)
Associate Professor, Family Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (2016-present)
Director, Patient Safety Research Center, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
Vice Chair for Research and Development, Dept. of Family Medicine, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2012-present)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Science and Systems, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
Associate Professor (Clinical), Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2009-present)
Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center (2000-present)
Associate Director, Patient Safety Research Center, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2001–2013)
Medical Director, Erie County Medical Center, Cleve Hill Family Health Center (2010–2012)
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2000–2009)
Medical Director, Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facility, Erie County Medical Center (2000–2008)
Clinical Assistant Instructor, Family Medicine, Erie County Medical Center (1996–1999)
House Officer in General Medicine/Geriatrics, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom (1995–1996)
House Officer in General Surgery, St James's University Hospital, United Kingdom (1995)
UB Medical Alumni Association: Distinguished Resident Award (2019)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2017)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2016)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2015)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2010)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2009)
Inpatient Faculty Teaching Award (2007)
Award for Excellence as a Preceptor (2002)
North American Primary Care Research Group - Best Paper (2001)
ECMC Excellence Award (1999)
University at Buffalo 1999 Resident Scholarly Exchange Day- 1st place (1999)
American Academy of Family Physicians 1999 Resident Scholars Competition (1999)
Outstanding Service Award (1998)
Health System Transformation
Health Workforce Development
Patient Safety: Systems approach to medical error reduction
Translational Research in Practice
UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:
Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Grants and Sponsored Research:
September 2018–August 2023 Buffalo Primary Care Champion Program in Addiction Medicine & Population Health Health Resources and Services Administration Role: Principal Investigator
September 2017–August 2022 National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, UB Clinical Scholar Program in implementation science to achieve triple aims National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Role: Co-Principal Investigator
May 2019–April 2021 Community-Based Participatory Research for Reducing Medication Harm among Retirees Retirement Research Foundation Role: Co-Principal Investigator $200,000
August 2019–July 2020 The Deprescribing Network of Western New York for Successful Aging UB Seeds for Innovation in Successful Aging Role: Principal Investigator $30,000
June 2018–June 2019 Collaborative Drug Safety Management with Frail Elders & Caregivers for Successful Aging University at Buffalo, Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT) Role: Principal Investigator $35,000
April 2017–March 2018 Collaborative Drug Safety Management Capable of Deprescribing Across the Healthcare System School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Seed Support Program Role: Co-Investigator $10,000
September 2011–September 2016 Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care Health Resources and Services Admin Role: Principal Investigator $765,239
Mohammadpour A, Anumba C, Bulbul T, Messner J, Singh G, Singh R. Impact Analysis of Facility Failures on the Healthcare Delivery Process: A Use Case Driven Approach.. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. 2016; 30(4).
Singh R, Singh A, Rowe J, Singh G, Stott E. Engaging Stakeholders in Reporting Adverse Drug Events with a Common Visual Language. Home Health Care Management. 2013.
Yaraghi N, Du AY, Sharman R, Gopal RD, Ramesh R, Singh R, Singh G. Professional and geographical network effects on healthcare information exchange growth: does proximity really matter?. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013.
Singh R, Lichter M, Danzo A, Rosenthal TC. The Adoption and Use of Health Information Technology in Rural Areas: Results of a National Survey. Journal of Rural Health. 2012; 28.
Singh R, Anderson DR, McLean-Plunckett EA, Wisniewski A, Kee R, Fox CH, Gold K, Singh G. Effects of Self-Empowered Teams on Rates of Adverse Drug Events in Primary Care. Int J Fam Med. 2012.
Xiao N, Sharman R, Singh R, Singh G, Danzo A, Rao HR. "Meaningful Use" of Ambulatory EMR: Does It Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care?. Health Policy and Technology. 2012; 1(1).
Singh R, Anderson DR, McLean-Plunckett EA, Brooks R, Wisniewski A, Singh G. IT-Enabled Systems Engineering Approach to Monitoring and Reducing ADEs. Am J Man Care. 2012; 18(3).
Singh R, Singh A, Anumba C, Singh G. Enhancing and measuring patient safety with an innovative web-based system approach. International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms. 2011; 3(2).
Singh R, Singh A, Singh G. Creating a common vision for all stakeholders to make healthcare safer with interactive visual modeling. International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms. 2011; 3(3).
Singh R, Roberts AC, Singh A, Heider A, Norris T, Porecca D, Singh G. Improving transitions in inpatient and outpatient care using a paper or web-based journal. J R Soc Med Sh Rep. 2011; 2(6).
Naughton BJ, Singh R, Wisniewski A, Singh G, Anderson DR. Improving Quality of NSAID Prescribing by Internal Medicine Trainees with an Educational Intervention. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2010; 22(4).