Dr. Nirav R. Shah

15th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health

Dr. Nirav R. Shah is the 15th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. He graduated with honors from Harvard College, and has an MD and MPH in medicine and chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Shah heads one of the world's leading public health agencies with an annual budget of more than $60 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 marketplace (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.