Elnahal is currently the New Jersey Health Commissioner. On May 1, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of University Hospital in Newark, effective July 15, 2019.
After Elnahal became commissioner in 2017 he more than doubled the number of patients and physicians participating in the Department’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. Several new medical conditions were approved for the program, including opioid addiction.
Elnahal has also expanded the New Jersey Health Information Network, a shared services platform that provides the infrastructure for electronic exchange of patient health information among healthcare providers. Currently, six health information exchanges, 6,000 physicians, 91 long-term care providers, three Federally Qualified Health Centers and 64 hospitals have joined the HIN.
He has also worked closely with First Lady Tammy Murphy on her Nurture NJ campaign to help improve infant and maternal health outcomes and reduce health disparities. As part of the Department of Health’s $4.7 million investment in its Healthy Women, Healthy Families program, community partners have hired 77 outreach workers to improve the health of black women.