AAMC Statement on the President’s Intent to Nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, PhD, as Director of OSTP

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that he intends to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, PhD, to be the next director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP):

“The AAMC commends President Trump on his decision to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier, PhD, to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Droegemeier’s background in both research and policy, including his tenure as vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma and his time as vice chair of the governing board of the National Science Foundation, make him highly qualified to oversee the office and to advise the president on matters relating to science, engineering, and technology.

A strong national commitment to research and development benefits all Americans, and Dr. Droegemeier’s expertise will be valuable to the administration in shaping a thriving federal science agenda. We urge the Senate to confirm Dr. Droegemeier and look forward to working with him in the future.”


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 151 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.