Eli Avila, MD, Preventive Medicine, Slingerlands, NY


Preventive Medicine Slingerlands, NY

Occupational Medicine, Public Health & General Preventive Medicine

Health Policy Advisor and Counselor at Law

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  • Dr. Avila is an experienced health executive, attorney, and public policy advisor. Throughout his career he has advised legislators and co-authored more than twenty-two healthcare laws. As Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of several health organizations, he has overseen, licensed and regulated over 250 hospitals, 750 nursing homes, 9 family health centers, and 100's of ambulance companies. Between 2010 and 2017, he was awarded almost $85M in grants for public health programs, community initiatives and research. He is an innovative leader and change agent that has expanded access to health, deregulated arcane health regulations, led transformational health equity symposia, championed community engagement and partnerships, testified on national issues such as the opioid epidemic, fracking, health equity, childhood lead poisoning, Tobacco 21, and mobile lab testing of infectious diseases, served as an Incident Commander during natural disasters, and has collaborated on constitutional issues with White House Counsel.

    Dr. Avila is one of approximately three hundred individuals, who is board certified by the American Board of Legal Medicine. He serves on the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine, which has advised the United States Supreme Court on health law cases via its amicus curiae briefs for over six decades. He has taught and lectured in schools of medicine, law, and public health. Additionally, he serves as ACLM’s national spokesperson. He currently holds the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Health in the Institute of Public Health of the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

Skills & Expertise

  • Public policy, Ophthalmology, Public Health Law

Education & Training

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
    Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentCertificate, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Thesis: Federal EMS: A Systems Look and Better Way, 2011 - 2012
  • Harvard School of Public Health
    Harvard School of Public HealthCertificate, State Health Officers Executive Leadership Development, 2011 - 2011
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Mount Sinai School of MedicineResidency, Occupational Medicine, 2005 - 2007
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Mount Sinai School of MedicineMPH, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Highest Honors, Thesis: Responders to the World Trade Center Disaster & their Ensuing New York State Workers’ Compensation Sequelae, 2005 - 2007
  • St. John's University School of LawJD, Law, Cum Laude, ABA/Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Highest Honors in Criminal Procedure, Employment Law, and Legal Medicine, 1999 - 2003
  • Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
    Bronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterResidency, Ophthalmology, 1989 - 1992
  • Winthrop-University Hospital
    Winthrop-University HospitalResidency, Internal Medicine, 1987 - 1988
  • Maimonides Medical Center
    Maimonides Medical CenterInternship, Internal Medicine, 1986 - 1987
  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityClass of 1986
  • Brown University
    Brown UniversityScB, Biology, 1981
  • Phillips AcademyDiploma, Academic, 1977

Certifications & Licensure

  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License 1993 - 1994
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1992 - 2021
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 1987 - 2021
  • NJ State Medical License
    NJ State Medical License Current
  • American Board of Legal MedicineLegal Medicine
  • New York State BarAttorney and Counselor at Law
  • United Stated District Court - Southern District of NYMember of the Bar
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of NYMember of the Bar
  • United States Supreme CourtMember of the Bar

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo - Certificate of Recognition New York Governor's Office, 2017
  • Leadership in Public Health SUNY Orange Foundation, 2017
  • Legislative Resolution Senate No. 1299 - Leadership in Public Health Legislature of the State of New York, 2017
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Publications & Presentations



  • Public Health Updates in Light of Ebola and Public Health Police Powers Circumscribed by Due Process 
    American College of Legal Medicine 55th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV - 2/27/2015
  • Providing Medicine on a New Playing Field - What Providers and their Lawyers Need to Know Under the Newly Implemented ACA 
    5th Annual LA County Bar Association - LA County Medical Association Educational Symposium - 3/11/2014
  • S. Sandy Sanbar Lecture - Making Practical Changes in Public Health Law 
    54th Annual American College of Legal Medicine Meeting in Dallas, TX - 3/1/2014
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Press Mentions

  • County to Host 4th Annual Orange County Healthcare Symposium
    County to Host 4th Annual Orange County Healthcare SymposiumOctober 08, 2017 10:20
  • Orange County to Host Health Equity Conference
    Orange County to Host Health Equity ConferenceFebruary 17, 2017 11:05
  • Ortt Commends Advocates for Peace Officer Bill
    Ortt Commends Advocates for Peace Officer BillNovember 17, 2016 00:14
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Legal Medicine
    Fellow and Governor
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
    Member - Alumnus
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • New York State Association of County Health Officials
    Board Member - Chair Legal Affairs Committee
  • Member
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York State Bar Association - Public Health Sub-Committee

Other Languages

  • Spanish