After more than six years as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Elias Zerhouni stepped down on Friday, October 31st. Dr. Zerhouni presided over the nation’s primary public funding source for biomedical research. Zerhouni tapped Dr. Raynard Kington to temporarily step into this role.
Kington has been serving as Deputy Director of the NIH since 2003. Prior to this, he served as NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research since 2000. He also served as the Acting Director for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) from January 2002 until September 2002.
Dr. Kington came to NIH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As Director of the Division of Health Examination Statistics in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a comprehensive, ongoing survey of the health status, health behaviors, and diet of people in the United States.