Farzad Mostashari, M.D. ’96, was named National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April. Mostashari joined the office of the National Coordinator in July 2009. Previously, he served in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as assistant commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project. Mostashari also led the NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, funded by the CDC, and a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that focused on quality measurement at the point of care. Mostashari also 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 among the first developers of real-time electronic disease surveillance systems nationwide.