Vikesh K. Singh, MD, MSc
Dr. Singh graduated with a BS in Applied Mathematics-Biology from Brown University in 1995 and with an MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Singh completed his residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. Dr. Singh completed an advanced endoscopy fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2010. He also served as an Instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2008-2010 and Assistant Professor of Medicine from 2010-2016.
Dr. Singh is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves as the Director of the Pancreatitis Center and the Medical Director of the Pancreatic Islet Autotransplantation Program. Dr. Singh was also recently appointed the Director of Endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2018. He is the Medical Director of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation. Dr. Singh’s research is focused on the medical as well as endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory disorders of the pancreas. He is also interested in improving our understanding and management of patients with chronic abdominal pain due to both pancreatic and non-pancreatic conditions. He is also interested in the impact of genetic testing on the evaluation and management of patients with idiopathic pancreatitis. He has over 200 publications encompassing original scientific studies, review articles, book chapters, and consensus statements. He has served as a consultant and advisory board participant to several governmental organizations and industry.
Mary Felando, MS, RDN, FNLA
Mary Felando is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs areas.
She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, completed her dietetic internship at Rhode Island Hospital and holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from Cornell University. She began her nutrition career as a clinical dietitian at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. From 1986 to 2011, she worked as a cardiovascular dietitian for the Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Over the years, Mary has counseled more than 8000 patients with or at high risk for heart disease in individual, group and home sessions. Her specialization includes cardiac risk factor modification with lipid and weight management. In a 40-seat teaching kitchen, Mary taught heart healthy cooking classes. From 2012 to the present, Mary works as a nutrition consultant and a past employee for pharmaceutical companies specializing in rare lipid disorders, such as Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome.
Her professional activities include membership in the National Lipid Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Orange County Dietetic Association, and Cornell Alumni Association. She was awarded Diplomate status with the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology and was on the board of the Pacific Lipid Association. From the American Dietetic Association, she holds Level One and Level Two Certificates in Adult Weight Management.
Ms. Felando is a frequent lecturer, both community and professional, and has spoken as a nutrition expert in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and on cruise ships. She enjoys her family and friends, cooking and collecting anything mid-century modern.
Zahid Ahmad, M.D
Zahid Ahmad, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Ahmad’s clinical and investigative focus is lipid metabolism disorders, including dyslipidemia, chylomicronemia, and familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).
His research aims to identify the causes of cholesterol and triglyceride disorders and to develop new treatment options for patients who suffer from them.Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Ahmad and his colleagues currently are working to identify families with these conditions in an effort to better understand their underlying genetic causes – and, ultimately, to improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Ahmad has published a number of scholarly articles and delivered many invited lectures.He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010 and is American Board of Internal Medicine-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes.
Dr. Ahmad earned his medical degree at the Tulane University School of Medicine.
He completed both a residency (internal medicine) and a fellowship (endocrinology and metabolism) at UT Southwestern Medical Center – training in cholesterol metabolism and genetics with mentors Drs. Abhimanyu Garg, Scott Grundy, and Helen Hobbs.
He also holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from the Tulane University School of Engineering.