Dr. Nirav R. Shah
Dr. Nirav R. Shah has been the 15th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health since 2011. A native of Buffalo, he graduated with honors from Harvard College, and has an M.D. and M.P.H. in medicine and chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Shah heads one of the world's leading public health agencies with an annual budget of more than $58 billion. During Dr. Shah’s tenure, the Department led the transformation of the state’s Medicaid program, which resulted in more than $4 billion in savings in just the first year while improving population health and quality of care. The Department also spearheaded the creation of a health benefit exchange that will give 1.1 million New Yorkers health insurance coverage and drafted an evidence-based Prevention Agenda for improving the health of all New Yorkers.
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