Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named Farzad Mostashari, M.D., as the new national coordinator for health information technology. The appointment is effective on April 8. He succeeds David Blumenthal, M.D.

Mostashari was a strong contender for the position, since he has served as deputy national coordinator. He joined ONC in July 2009 after a stint as an assistant commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and overseeing adoption of information technology by providers in underserved communities.

With training in internal medicine, Mostashari is a recognized expert in investigating disease outbreaks and electronic disease surveillance. He has held positions in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City Department of Health.

--Joseph Goedert


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