Dr. Shereef Elnahal, CEO and President of Newark’s University Hospital, discusses the COVID-19 vaccines they have administered, the positive impact of vaccines, the need to keep testing for the virus, and the initiative to vaccinate the nearby homeless and minority communities via mobile outreach. He shares his perspective on international travel and vaccine passports and the recent rise in cases.
Dr. Shereef Elnahal is President and CEO of University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey’s largest safety net hospital with over 500 licensed beds and $738.2 million in patient service revenue. The hospital serves as the main academic medical center for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, both in Newark. University Hospital has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Serving in the world’s hot zone for the disease, University Hospital was among the top 10 hospitals in the state in the number of COVID-19 patients served. Previously, Shereef was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the VA on COVID-19, as well as member of President Biden’s presidential transition Agency Review Team for the US Dept of Veteran Affairs. He is also a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.