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June 5th, 2013

Diana announces new Health Commissioner

GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana named Eli N. Avila, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM as the new Orange County Commissioner of Health upon the retirement of Dr. Jean M. Hudson today. Dr. Hudson was appointed Health Commissioner by Diana in 2003.

Dr. Avila currently serves as the Executive Health Policy and Strategy Advisor for Hamptons Health Society, a Long Island-based think tank committed to improving health care. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Chief Deputy Commissioner of Health and Director of Public Health for Suffolk County, NY.

"As Commissioner of Health, Dr. Hudson has done an outstanding job serving the public health needs of the people of Orange County. We wish her well in retirement," said County Executive Diana. "In her successor, Dr. Avila, we believe we have found a highly trained and experienced public health professional who will continue to build and grow our dedicated health department team and the programs they have established and support. It’s my pleasure to welcome Dr. Avila to Orange County," continued the County Executive.

Dr. Avila received his Bachelors of Science (BS) and Medical (MD) degrees from Brown University and Brown University School of Medicine, respectively. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor (JD) and received his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Mount Sinai School of Medicine – New York University. Dr. Avila trained in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and in ophthalmology at Bronx Lebanon Medical Center in the South Bronx. He has been recognized in the Who’s Who of Hispanic Americans each year since 1994.

Dr. Avila and his family will be relocating to Orange County from New York State’s Capital District.

Dr. Avila’s appointment was approved by the New York State Department of Health and he began June 1st.

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