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Governor Cuomo Announces Health Commissioner Unanimously Confirmed

Originally Posted: January 25, 2011

Albany - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., has been unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate as Commissioner of the Department of Health.

"Dr. Shah is a nationally recognized medical researcher and practitioner whose commitment to reshaping our public health system will serve the people of New York well," Governor Cuomo said. "As the state's top health official, Dr. Shah brings vigor and a sharp intellect to the job, and I thank him for his service. I commend the Senate for his swift confirmation, and thank Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco for recognizing Dr. Shah's superb character and qualifications for this important position."

New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., said, "I am honored to be confirmed as New York State Commissioner of Health. I thank Governor Cuomo for his confidence in nominating me to serve the people of New York, Senators Hannon and DeFrancisco for advancing the confirmation process, and the entire Senate for its thoughtful questions and for voting to accept me as the Commissioner of Health. This is one of the proudest days of my life, and I am glad so many members of my family were here to support me. I look forward to advancing health care quality, patient safety and the overall health of New Yorkers."

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., was previously an Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, Associate Investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Value and Comparative Effectiveness at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is an expert in the use of systems-based methods to improve patient outcomes, a leading researcher in use of large scale clinical laboratories and electronic health records to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care, and a nationally recognized thought leader in the very methods needed to transition to the future of lower-cost, more patient-centered, health care for the 21st century.

As a general internist who has cared for patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Shah knows firsthand the impact on vulnerable populations of inadequate resources. To improve the health of vulnerable as well as the general population, he has conducted research and development to improve care both in the public hospital system of New York City and in the rural, aging population of central Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System.

Dr. Shah is originally from Buffalo, and is an honors graduate of Harvard College, received M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Yale School of Medicine, was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA, and a National Research Service Award Fellow at NYU. He has served on the editorial boards of medical journals, has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, and has received over $4.5 million in research funding. He has relocated to the Capital Region from Battery Park City with his wife and two children.

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