Junkfood Science: Turnover — clean sweep of health agency heads

January 11, 2009

Turnover — clean sweep of health agency heads

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Julie Gerberding, has submitted her resignation, effective January 20th. Chief operating officer, Bill Grimson, will be interim active director.

Her resignation follows that of Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, which will also go into effect on Inauguration Day.

Dr. Elias Zerhouni has already left his post as director of the National Institutes of Health and Dr. John E. Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute, is expected to leave his position, too.

Other health agencies to have new heads will be the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Tom Daschle, Mr. Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has told media he will act quickly to name permanent new agency heads.

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