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 (2003)
Teambuilding, Cornell University (2000)
Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (1999)
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 Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2016-present)
Director, Patient Safety Research Center, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2013-present)
Vice Chair for Research and Development, Dept. of Family Medicine, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2012-present)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Science and Systems, University at Buffalo School of Management (2011-present)
Associate Professor (Clinical), Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2009-present)
Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center (2000-present)
Associate Director, Patient Safety Research Center, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2001–2013)
Medical Director, Cleve Hill Family Health Center (2010–2012)
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2000–2009)
Medical Director, Long Term Care, Erie County Medical Center (2000–2008)
Clinical Assistant Instructor, Family Medicine, Erie County Medical Center Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1996–1999)
House Officer in General Medicine/Geriatrics, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (1995–1996)
House Officer in General Surgery, St James's University Hospital (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
Translational Research in Practice
UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:
Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Grants and Sponsored Research:
September 2018–August 2023 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) T13HP31907 Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions (T13) Buffalo Primary Care Champion Program in Addiction Medicine & Population Health Role: Principal Investigator $394,362
September 2017–August 2022 K12 HL138052 National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, UB Clinical Scholar Program in implementation science to achieve triple aims UB Clinical Scholar Program in Implementation Science to Achieve Triple Aims Role: Co-Principal Investigator $1,022,277
September 2017–August 2022 HRSA-17-071 New York State Area Health Education Center System Role: Co-Investigator $893,167
August 2020–July 2021 Planning for NIA R21/R33 Grant- Patient Driven Deprescribing to Enhance Successful Aging US Deprescribing Research Network Role: Co-Principal Investigator $60,000
July 2019–July 2021 Retirement Research Foundation Grant #2019060- Community-Based Participatory Research for Reducing Medication Harm among Retirees. Retirement Research Foundation Role: Principal Investigator $200,000
July 2016–June 2021 HRSA T0BHP30017 Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program The Buffalo Inter-professional Advanced Primary Care Training Program Role: Co-Investigator $577,971
January 2020–December 2020 The Deprescribing Network of Western New York for Successful Aging UB Seeds for Innovation in Successful Aging Role: Principal Investigator $19,620
March 2019–March 2020 Buffalo Blue Sky Award Role: Co-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
Stoll J, Ranahan M, Richbart MT, Brennan-Taylor M, Taylor JS, Brady L, Cal J, Baumgartner A, Wahler RG, Singh R. (2021) Development of Video Animations to Encourage Patient-Driven Deprescribing: A Team Alice Study. Patient Education and Counseling. (May) doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.041
Eftekhari S, Yaraghi N, Singh R, Gopal RD, Ramesh R. (2017) Do Health Information Exchanges Deter Repetition of Medical Services. Transactions on Management Information Systems (May), 8(1) doi:10.1145/3057272
Mohammadpour A, Anumba C, Bulbul T, Messner J, Singh G, Singh R. (2016) Impact Analysis of Facility Failures on the Healthcare Delivery Process: A Use Case Driven Approach. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (Aug), 30(4): 1-10.
Vest B, Hall V, Singh R, Kahn LS. (2016) Nurse Perspectives on the Implementation of Routine Telemonitoring for High Risk Diabetes Patients in a Primary Care Setting. Primary health care research and development (Jun), 2016: 1-11.
Heider AR, Maloney N, Satchidanand N, Allen G, Mueller R, Gangloff S, Singh R. (2014) Developing a Communitywide Electronic Health Record Disease Registry in Primary Care Practices: Lessons Learned from the Western New York Beacon Community. eGEMs (Sep), 2(3): 1089.
Ziao N, Mahajan S, Kishore R, Venkata VM, Shaik NA, Anand EJ, Singh R. (2014) Successful Implementation of eRx Systems: Creating Technology-Organization Alignment Using the Strategy Map Approach. Information Systems Management (Feb), 31(2): 104-119.
Singh R, Singh A, Rowe J, Singh G, Stott E. (2013) Engaging Stakeholders in Reporting Adverse Drug Events with a Common Visual Language. Home Health Care Management (Jan).
Yaraghi N, Du AY, Sharman R, Gopal RD, Ramesh R, Singh R, Singh G. (2013) Professional and geographical network effects on healthcare information exchange growth: does proximity really matter?. J Am Med Inform Assoc (Jan).
Xiao N, Sharman R, Singh R, Singh G, Danzo A, Rao HR. (2012) "Meaningful Use" of Ambulatory EMR: Does It Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care?. Health Policy and Technology (Jan), 1(1): 28-34.
Singh R, Anderson DR, McLean-Plunckett EA, Wisniewski A, Kee R, Fox CH, Gold K, Singh G. (2012) Effects of Self-Empowered Teams on Rates of Adverse Drug Events in Primary Care. Int J Fam Med (Jan).
Singh R, Singh A, Anumba C, Singh G. (2011) Enhancing and measuring patient safety with an innovative web-based system approach. International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms (Jan), 3(2): 164-177.
Singh R, Roberts AC, Singh A, Heider A, Norris T, Porecca D, Singh G. (2011) Improving transitions in inpatient and outpatient care using a paper or web-based journal. J R Soc Med Sh Rep (Jan), 2(6).
Singh R, Singh A, Singh G. (2011) Creating a common vision for all stakeholders to make healthcare safer with interactive visual modeling. International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms (Jan), 3(3): 223-239.
Naughton BJ, Singh R, Wisniewski A, Singh G, Anderson DR. (2010) Improving Quality of NSAID Prescribing by Internal Medicine Trainees with an Educational Intervention. Teaching and Learning in Medicine (Jan), 22(4): 287-292.
Singh R, Sharman R, Singh A, Brooks R, McLean D, Singh G. (2012) Recent Advances in Computer Science and Information Engineering- Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. In: Innovative Web-based Tool for Safer Transitions of Patients Through Healthcare Systems. Springer
Singh G, Singh R, Thomas E, Okazaki S. (2008) Advances in Patient Safety. In: Measuring Safety Climate in Primary Care Offices. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 59-72.
Singh R, Naughton BJ, Anderson DR, Singh G. (2008) Advances in Patient Safety. In: Building Self-Empowered Teams for Improving Safety in Post-operative Pain Management. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 37-50.
Richbart M, Shah D, Stoll J, Clark CM, Singh R, Wahler RG, Jacobs DM. (2020) Association between polypharmacy and patients’ attitudes towards deprescribing. J Am Coll Clin Pharm, (Dec)
Brady L, LaValley S, Ranahan M, Clark CM, Monte SV, Jacobs DM, Wahler RG, Singh R. (2020) Provider-Identified Deprescribing Facilitators and Strategies for Older Adults in Primary Care: A Team Alice Study. Innov Aging, (Dec) 375-376
Singh R, LaValley S, Ranahan, M, Clark CM, Brady L, Wahler RG, Brennan-Taylor M, Monte SV. (2019) An innovative partnership to address deprescribing in the older adults: a multi-stakeholder, cross system approach. North American Primary Care Research Group 2019 Annual Meeting., (Nov)
Ranahan M, Brennan-Taylor M, Richbart MG, Clark CM, Gadzo R, Singh R, Wahler RG. (2019) Elder Voices Network: Partnering with Older People and their Caregivers to Avoid Medical Harm. Innovation in Aging, (Jan) 690
LaValley, S, Wahler RG, Monte SV, Verni, C, Clark C, Baumgartner, A, Gawronski, C, Taylor JS, Singh R. (2018) Provider-identified barriers and facilitators to successful clinical pharmacist integration into primary care for deprescribing plans in older adults. North American Primary Care Research Group 2018 Annual Meeting., (Nov)
Baumgartner, A, Verni, C, LaValley, S, Monte SV, Wahler RG, Singh R. (2018) A Review of Interventions to Reduce Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Lost in Translation?. (Nov)
LaValley, S, Wahler RG, Singh R, Monte SV, Brady, L. (2018) Caregivers‘ roles in medication management for older family members. Innovation in Aging, (Nov) 290
Wahler RG, Monte SV, Verni C, LaValley S, Clark CM, Baumgartner A, Gawronski, C, Taylor JS, Singh R. (2017) Collaborative Drug Safety Management Capable of Deprescribing Across the Healthcare System. North American Primary Care Research Group 2017 Annual Meeting, (Nov)
North American Primary Care Research Group (2001–present)
American Academy of Family Physicians (1996–present)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
AHRQ; Health Care Effectiveness and Outcomes Research;; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013)
AHRQ; Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research;; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010–2011)