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Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah stepping down

April 10, 2014

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, the man at the center of growing frustration over the state’s failure to rule on a controversial form of gas drilling, is telling people he will leave his post in June, a state official said.

Shah, a Buffalo native, is leaving to become senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations for the southern California region of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the official said.

Shah’s pressing business will be handed off to Dr. Howard Zucker, who joined the Department of Health as first deputy commissioner in September after working as a professor of anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Montefiore Medical Center.

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