SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE ADVANCES NOMINEE FOR COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
The Senate Standing Committee on Health, chaired by Senator Kemp Hannon
(R, C, I - Garden City), heard from witnesses today regarding the
nomination of Nirav Ramesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H., as the Commissioner of
Health for New York State.
The Health Committee voted in favor of advancing Dr. Shah’s
nomination. The nomination of Dr. Shah is now subject to the Finance
Committee’s review later today.
“After the oral testimony of
Dr. Shah's associates and the careful examination of his expertise, it
is clear Dr. Shah is well qualified for this position,” said Senator
Hannon. “A review of Dr. Shah's writings and work in a
wide-ranging number of public health and medical issues challenging
America today, illustrate his preparedness for being the Commissioner of
Health for New York State.”
Dr. Shah is an assistant professor of medicine in the section of
value and comparative effectiveness at NYU Langone Medical Center, and
an internist at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is an expert in 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.
The Committee examined the background, character, and qualifications
of Dr. Shah for the position of Commissioner of Health for New York
State in light of his work experience and research in the public health
arena. This examination was conducted with the cooperation of several
colleagues and associates of Dr. Shah.
Marc Gourevitch, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Internal
Medicine, NYU School of Medicine said, “We are very fortunate that Dr.
Shah will bring his deep knowledge of public health and health care
delivery, clear-eyed vision, and passion for improving health to his
position as Commissioner of Health. The health of the people of New
York will receive outstanding attention under his leadership.”
Carl Henningson, MD, MPhil, Attending Physician Jersey Shore
University Medical Center said, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr.
Nirav Shah for seventeen years. Nirav is a man of impeccable character
and, in my view, he is by far the finest person, the most decent and
brilliant individual I know, to fulfill the role of new Commissioner of
Health in the State of New York. Dr. Shah has harnessed his remarkable
talents as researcher, teacher, and physician, putting them at the
service of many people throughout his distinguished career in public
Mack Lipkin, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, Primary
Care Residency Education Program of NYU School of Medicine said, “Dr.
Nirav Shah brings to NY State the smarts of an inner city doctor, the
understanding of medicine and health of a top flight scholar, and the
toughness, humility, and strength needed to nurture New York State’s
Health System back to health and then take it forward to pre-eminence.”
Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, MS Director, Center for Healthful
Behavior Change and Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine said,
“Dr. Shah is adept at using creative approaches to develop innovative
solutions to complex health care problems relevant to the care of
minority and underserved populations. To this end, he is regarded as a
pioneer and leader in the use of Comparative Effectiveness Research as a
novel and practical way to translate evidence-based models of care from
research into every day clinical practice. His skills in comparative
effectiveness, which is now widely recognized as one of the best tools
for the rapid and efficient translation of gains in medical science into
everyday clinical practice, will be an invaluable asset to New York
State. At this critical juncture, I can think of no better person to
help realize the vast gains in medical knowledge achieved over the past
decade for the people of New York State.”
Dr. Shah attended Harvard College for his undergraduate degree in
biology, proceeding onto Yale School of Medicine where he received both
his MD and MPH with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology.
His postdoctoral training was accomplished at the University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA).