Nirav D Shah, an Indian-origin epidemiologist, has been appointed Principal Deputy Director at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making him the second-in-command at the national public health agency.
Shah will assume the new role, second in leadership under US CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, in March.
Shah is currently the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
His appointment as Principal Deputy Director comes as part of a planned, broader overhaul of that agency announced by the US CDC Director in August of last year.
Shah previously served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials between March 2021 and September 2022, Politico newspaper reported.
Maine Governor Janet Mills in a statement said: “I take comfort, as Maine people should, in knowing that the US CDC and the American people at large will soon become the beneficiaries of his leadership. Dr. Shah, on behalf of the people of Maine, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”