Dr. Nirav Shah is moving to the role of Principal Deputy Director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He is leaving his current position as Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention after being appointed by Governor Janet Mills on Thursday.

Dr. Nirav Shah Assumes the New Role in March

Shah will be the second in command to Director Rochelle Walensky at the U.S. CDC. He assumes that role in March. He said about the new position,

While I’m sad to leave the Maine CDC, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’m thankful for the opportunity that Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew provided me to serve the people of Maine.

He added that he is proud to represent Maine on a national level.

In my new role, I will be honored to serve not just Maine, but the entire nation and carry forward the good work that we have done here. As I prepare for this next step, I thank the people of Maine for taking care of me, as I’ve always asked them to take care of each other.

National Search for Maine CDC Director

Dr. Shah has been the head of the Maine CDC since he was appointed in June of 2019. A national search will be done to select the next director of the Maine CDC. Deputy Director Nancy Beardsley will serve as acting director for the time being.

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