Dr. Nirav Shah named New York Health Commissioner

Dec 16, 2010 Dr. Nirav Shah, an assistant professor at New York University's Langone Medical Center, will be New York state's next health commissioner. His appointment was announced Dec. 16 by New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo.

The 37-year-old Shah is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City and an associate investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research in Danville, Pa.

According to the Langone Center website, his research focuses on the use of technology to improve patient care.

More specifically, he has been working on ways to improve care for vulnerable populations in the public hospital system of New York City and the rural, aging population of eastern Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System.

The website describes Shah as a leading researcher in the use of large-scale clinical laboratories and electronic health records to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care, and as a "nationally recognized thought leader in the very methods needed to transition to the future of lower-cost, more patient-centered, healthcare for the 21st century."

A graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., Shah studied medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, specializing in epidemiology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

According to his biography, he has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and received nearly $5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institute for the Aging and other agencies as well as private grants.

He serves on the editorial boards of medical journals and as a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force.

In 2007, he was selected as one of 15 national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Physician Faculty Scholars Award. In 2009, he was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the New York Academy of Medicine.

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