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Collins to Remain as NIH Director – For Now

January 2017

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, is to remain as head of the institute until a new director has been appointed. Dr. Collins submitted his letter of resignation, as is required during presidential transitions, but the letter was returned, indicating that President Trump wants him to remain as NIH Director. His office reported that they had no additional information at this time. Dr. Collins, who has said he would like to continue as NIH director, met with President Trump last week. Additional names that have been discussed as vying for the NIH Director post are biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD).

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