Director, Asthma Bhawan
Dr. Virendra Singh is the leading Chest expert of India. Caring & treating difficult asthmatic patients is his passion. He has treated almost 1 million patients including 3 lacs asthmatic & COPD patients during last 40yrs of practice. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) & Sleep apnea are other areas of his expertise. Presently he is director of Asthma Bhawan & President of RHL, a prestigious 250 bedded multi-specialty hospital at Jaipur....
He invented Pink City Flow Meter and Pink City Lung Exerciser very useful instruments in treatment of respiratory patients. His research in respiratory diseases has been appreciated in the editorials of leading medical journals. He is also national coordinator of global asthma network, ILD India Registry & ABPA- Asthma registry. For his inventions & discoveries he was awarded the prestigious awards such as NRDC awards of Government of India, Hariom Ashram BC Roy award, National academy of medical science award etc.
Realizing the menace of Tobacco, he launched a crusade against it & his organisation Indian Asthma Care Society fought a battle to get ban on Gutakha & promulgation of smoking law COTPA. He was instrumental in establishing prestigious institutions Asthma Bhawan working in the field of asthma research & tobacco deaddiction. He adopted principles of Mahatma Gandhi in administration & became one of the most successful superintendent of SMS Hospital during his tenure in government service. Almost for 11 years he also served as Editor in Chief of Lung India, the most prestigious respiratory journal in the country. He studied at SMS Medical College, Jaipur & got special training in respiratory diseases at Nottingham, England.
Early in his profession, Dr. Singh realized the menace of asthma and allergic respiratory diseases amongst the masses. A visionary and an innovator, Dr. Singh invented Pink City Flow Meter & PinkCity Lung Exerciser in the 90s revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of asthmatic patients. For this discovery, he was awarded the Independence Day Award by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), considered the highest award in the country for invention. Dr. Singh has gone on to establish the ILD India Registry and pioneer treatment of relatively uncommon Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). He is the director of prestigious Asthma Bhawan, which works in the field of asthma research & tobacco deaddiction.
For his contributions towards medical science, Dr. Singh was awarded the prestigious Dr. BC Roy Award in 1993. An academician and scientist from heart, he remained the longest serving Editor-in-Chief of Lung India. Dr. Singh has also been a crusader against tobacco use through his organization Indian Asthma Care Society (IACS). He was instrumental in the promulgation of law against tobacco (COTPA) in the country leading to banning public smoking in Rajasthan and gutkha ban in the country.
Sensing the need of public, he along with his friend established a premier institute RHL, providing quality care at affordable cost. He serves as President of RHL.
He has struck the unique balance of combining a busy clinical practice with social work.
During COVID Pandemic he is advisor to Chief Minister of Rajasthan and his vast experience helped the government to make policies to control COVID. At his hospital he took physical rounds and worked round the clock to save COVID patients.
Despite of his age, he continued to care respiratory patients even during CORONA pandemic and fell ill due to Covid in July 2020. After recovery he realised pain and agony of COVID patients with more empathy therefore he continued to provide physical care to IPD and OPD COVID patients. During peak time of pandemic number of CORONA patients in his open air OPD exceeded 100 per day. He tirelessly works for more than 14 hours a day & 7 days a week for almost 500 days. He says “Tears in eyes of patients and relatives of covid patients is my motivation and it ensures sustained long working hours daily, without fear & fatigue.”