Farzad Mostashari, MD has been named by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The appointment takes effect April 8, according to an HHS announcement.
Dr Mostashari joined the Office of the National Coordinator in 2009 as the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. Prior to that, he served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of health information technology by 1,500 providers. He trained at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the NYC Department of Health. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile Virus and anthrax in New York City, and one of the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems in the US.