Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah to Join Federal CDC Leadership in March

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Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of MaineCDC is Leaving This Post in March 2023..

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman Govenor of Maine, announced today that Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MaineCDC) has been appointed Principal Deputy Director in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC).  Director Shah will assume the new role, second in leadership under US CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, in March 2023.

Maine Department of Health & Human Servces (DHHS) Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew appointed Director Shah to his current role as head of the MaineCDC in June of 2019 with the mission of rebuilding the agency and the State public health infrastructure.

“While I’m sad to leave the MaineCDC, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Director Shah.  “I’m thankful for the opportunity Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew provided me to serve the people of Maine.  In my new role, I will be honored to serve not just Maine, but the entire nation and carrying 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.”

Maine DHHS will conduct a national search for the next Maine CDC Director.  In the interim, Deputy Director Nancy Beardsley will serve as Acting Director, a position she held prior to Director Shah’s arrival in Maine.