The Putnam County Department of Health is made of several divisions all working towards improving and protecting the health of the entire community, through the lens of equity. Click on one of the options below to learn more about that division.
The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health is to improve and protect the health of our community.
We strive to prevent the spread of disease, protect against environmental hazards, promote healthy lifestyles, ensure access to quality health services, and respond to disasters.
We encourage you to explore our website and contact us if you have any questions.
Click here for the Board of Health By-Laws.
Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, assumed leadership of the Putnam County Department of Health in December 2015. Prior to his role at the PCDOH, he had a successful Family Medicine practice for 30 years with an office in Brewster and had been a senior attending physician on staff at Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) since 1992. Dr. Nesheiwat also held positions at PHC as Chairman of Medicine and on the Board of Directors, serving in each role for over a decade. He currently is a trustee of Nuvance Health. Additionally, Dr. Nesheiwat served on the Putnam County Board of Health for over 25 years before being named Health Commissioner.
Dr. Nesheiwat received his medical degree in 1986 from the State University of New York, completed an internship at Brooklyn Hospital Center, and a Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) in Yonkers, where he was chief resident and director of the emergency department at SJMC. He currently holds the academic title of Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College.
His passion for caring is evidenced by his strong community involvement. He serves as chief medical officer at the Putnam County Correctional Facility. He is a board member and life member of the Carmel Volunteer Fire Department, and an active volunteer in numerous civic organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police, the Free and Accepted Masons, Shriners, and Rotary Club. Since 2005 he has been the police surgeon for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.