President Rebecca Wyke is pleased to announce that Dr. Nirav Shah will present the keynote address at this year’s Convocation on the Colloquium selected topic, Outbreak. Convocation will be held virtually this year via Zoom webinar on September 25, 2020. Additional details about the event will be provided at the beginning of September.
In June 2019, Dr. Shah, M.D., J.D., was appointed as the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State’s opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.
As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe on improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, where his work included investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.
Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.