Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., was appointed as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health in January 2015 after dedicating his career to improving access to quality health care.
As an attorney and former public health economist, Director Shah has advised professionals around the nation and world about cost effective health systems and methods to enhance the delivery of efficient health care in policy and practice.
A native Chicagoan, Director Shah received both his medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. Director Shah lived and worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as the Chief Economist for the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, where he addressed issues related to public health system efficiency. He also served as an epidemiologist for the Ministry, investigating and managing disease outbreaks across Cambodia. Director Shah spent several years as an attorney at the law firm, Sidley Austin LLP, where he focused on the administrative and legal aspects of health care and public health.
In his role leading the Illinois Department of Public Health, Director Shah continues his work championing health innovations, improving systems, and empowering communities. Director Shah currently serves as Co-chair of the Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force.