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Columbia Alumnus Named Dutchess County Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health

Dr. Anil K. Vaidian was elected commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health for New York’s Dutchess County. As commissioner, he will assure access to high quality services for county residents, assess health risks, and promote care that integrates physical and behavioral health outcomes.  Dr. Vaidian will oversee more than 200 employees and an annual budget of approximately $64 million.

[Photo: Dr. Anil K. Vaidian]

Dr. Vaidian received his MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health where he studied Epidemiology and General Public Health. He has over 24 years of medical experience, including 12 years in local county public health service, and spent the last decade with the Rockland County Department of Health. Most recently he was the director of Disease Control and Prevention following a series of promotions. Earlier he served in Westchester County Government’s Division of Disease Control. Prior to his tenure in county government, he was assistant professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Vaidian earned his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed post-graduate medical training, serving as Primary Care/General Medicine resident and then as chief medical resident at the Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Vaidian will begin serving as commissioner in late April. The appointment is for six years.