Senate to hold public hearing on health commissioner nominee

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The Senate Health Committee will be conducting a public hearing Monday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination of Dr. Nirav R. Shah for state health commissioner. Shah has been on the job, but he has to be confirmed by the Senate to make it official.

Before taking the state post, Shah was attending physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, associate investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research in Pennsylvania and assistant professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is an expert in the use of systems-based methods to improve patient outcomes and a leading researcher in the use of large-scale clinical labs and electronic health records to improve patient care and efficiency. According to the news release Cuomo issued when he nominated Shah, the physician is 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 Health Committee will examine the Shah’s background, character and qualifications for the job.

The 10:30 a.m. hearing at the Capitol will include testimony about Shah from the following people:

— Dr. Marc Gourevitch, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

— Dr. Carl Henningson, attending physician at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

— Dr. Mack Lipkin, professor of medicine and director of the Primary Care Residency Education Program at NYU School of Medicine.

— Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, director of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change and associate professor at NYU School of Medicine.

Shah is originally from Buffalo. He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his MD and a master’s in public health from the Yale School of Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA and a National Research Service Award Fellow at NYU.

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