ENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE ADVANCES NOMINEE FOR COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
The Senate Standing Committee on Health, chaired by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I - Garden City), recently heard from witnesses 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.
“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.
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).