Inspired by a childhood divided between a war-affected third world country – the Congo – and a high performing first world one (Switzerland), as well as parents intimately involved in rural development NGOs, Dr. Mahaniah brings a burning passion for social justice and the fight against health disparities to his work as CEO at the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn Massachusetts.
He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as a National Health Service Corps scholar, and graduated from the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been working in federally qualified community health centers ever since.
His clinical interests lie in teaching and integrating opioid addiction treatment into primary care. He was the 2012-2013 Massachusetts Academy of Family Medicine Physician of the Year and holds an appointment at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He serves as Chair of the Board for C3, a community health center owned and operated Accountable Care Organization.