Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, NW, Suite 729-H
Washington, DC 20201
Farzad Mostashari, MD, serves as deputy national coordinator for programs and policy within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, he served in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he facilitated the adoption of prevention-oriented health information technology by over 1,500 health care providers in medically underserved communities. Dr. Mostashari also led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded New York City Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality–funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care. Before that, he established the Bureau of Epidemiology Services in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; the bureau was charged with providing epidemiologic and statistical expertise and data to support decision making in the department.
Dr. Mostashari did his graduate training at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School and his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service training program. He was one of the lead investigators in the outbreaks of West Nile virus and anthrax in New York City and was among the first developers of real-time, electronic disease-surveillance systems nationwide.