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Dr Neil Singh

Dr Neil Singh

Dr Neil Singh (MBBChir, MPH, MRCGP)

Senior General Practice Teaching Fellow
Location: Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH



Dr Neil Singh studied medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Cuthbert Prize. After initially working in hospital medicine as an Academic Trainee, then a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (working on stem cell biology), he has since devoted his time to work related to the care of vulnerable populations in the UK and the Global South. 

He completed a Masters in Public Health at the American University of Beirut, as an NIH-funded SHARP Scholar. He is now proud to be a primary care physician working locally, with a particular clinical interest in caring for vulnerable groups. Neil is also a writer and his work on health has featured in The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman, and Open Democracy.


Neil was appointed as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in 2019. Through his teaching he strives to promote "Social Medicine": an approach to health centred on justice and rooted in the Alma Ata principles, which acknowledges and tackles the root causes of the problems that end up in our clinics. He aims to help students develop a population-approach to clinical practice, enriched by an understanding of both the humanities and cutting-edge science with the potential to transform global health.



Following his Masters in Public Health, where he specialised in epidemiological and anthropological methodologies, he has been involved in research alongside his clinical practice. He has a keen interest in global health, social determinants of health, political economy, and health systems. He is developing an interest in social approaches to address health inequalities and to improve health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised groups. 

Selected publications

Evans, H., Sadhwani, S., Singh, N., Robjant, K., & Katona, C. (2022). Prevalence of complex post-traumatic stress disorder in survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery: a systematic review. The European Journal of Psychiatry.

Tse, U., Sornalingam, S., Singh, N., & Cooper, M. (2021). Participatory arts: An antidote to COVID-19?. InnovAiT, 14(5), 337-339.

Singh, N. (2021). What If Doctors Are Always Watching, but Never There? WIRED. June 2021

Singh, N. (2020). Decolonising dermatology: why black and brown skin need better treatment. The Guardian. Aug 2020

Singh, N. (2020). Cholera and coronavirus: why we must not repeat the same mistakes. The Guardian. May 2020

Singh, N. (2019) An empire at home: the pitfalls of being brown in the NHS. The Independent. Jan 2019

Dewachi, O., Rizk, A., & Singh, N. V. (2018). (Dis) connectivities in wartime: The therapeutic geographies of Iraqi healthcare–seeking in Lebanon. Global public health, 13(3), 288-297.

Singh, N., Jawad, M., Darzi, A., Lotfi, T., Nakkash, R., Hawkins, B., & Akl, E. A. (2018). Features of the waterpipe tobacco industry: A qualitative study of the third International Hookah Fair. F1000 Research, 7.

Yassin, N., Afifi, R., Singh, N.V., Saad, R., & Ghandour, L. (2018). ‘There is zero regulation on the selling of alcohol’: The voice of the youth on the context and determinants of alcohol drinking in Lebanon. Qualitative Health Research, 28(5), 733-744.

Singh, N.V.*, Sibai, A.M.*, Jabbour, S., Saleh, S., Abdulrahim, S., Naja, F., & Yazbek, S. (2017). Does published research on non-communicable disease (NCD) in Arab countries reflect NCD disease burden? PLOS One, 12(6), e0178401. (*joint first author).

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