Former University Hospital CEO Dr. Elnahal Appointed To Post At Dept. of Veterans Affairs

"Beyond thrilled and eager to get to work for them in a health system with more than 300,000 heroes," Elnahal wrote in a social media post. "Onward to an incredible journey!"

Prior to Elnahal’s appointment as president and CEO at University Hospital, he served as New Jersey's 21st commissioner of health. He joined the state Department of Health in January 2018. 

Additionally, he served two prior stints with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He served as director of the diffusion of excellence initiative from August 2015 to November 2016 and as assistant deputy undersecretary of health for quality, safety and value from November 2016 to January 2018. While serving at the department, he was selected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow.

In Newark, Elnahal will perhaps be remembered the most for the leadership he showcased during the coronavirus pandemic. At the peak of the public health crisis, almost all available rooms at the hospital including patient care units, emergency department space, critical care space, pediatric and labor-delivery units were occupied with patients infected with the virus at the 519-bed facility.

When it was announced that Elnahal was nominated to the Department of Veterans Affairs post earlier this year by President Joe Biden, Mary K. E. Maples, University Hospital’s chief legal officer and corporate secretary, was appointed as interim president and CEO.

University Hospital officials announced they would “immediately” begin a process to identify the next president and CEO to lead the facility.

As the hospital awaits its new CEO, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said that Elnahal’s departure would leave a critical leadership position to be filled in Newark.

 “University Hospital plays such a vital role in our community, and we will need Dr. Elnahal’s replacement to be someone who understands medicine in an urban environment as much as he has,” Baraka said. “His impact will be genuinely felt for generations to come in Newark, New Jersey.”

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