AAMC Statement on Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD Continuing as NIH Director

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that  Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, will continue as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

“During his time as director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins has dutifully led the NIH, working with researchers, patient advocates, academic institutions, and policymakers to further the discovery of new and innovative cures, treatments, and therapies. The AAMC and the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are grateful that the country will continue to benefit from his expertise as NIH director during this critical time for medical research.

Millions of Americans face life-threatening and chronic diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes, and the vital work that NIH supports at medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide is the beginning of hope for them and all Americans seeking better health. Dr. Collins’ impeccable scientific background—which, as head of the Human Genome Project, earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom—his proven leadership skills, and his unwavering commitment to ethical and scientific integrity equip him to advance science toward game-changing medical discoveries.

America is very fortunate to have a scientist of Dr. Collins’ experience, knowledge, and vision as a leader of the world’s foremost biomedical and behavioral research enterprise. The AAMC looks forward to continuing our work with him as he leads the NIH, and the greater medical research community, toward the goal of better health for all.”

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 154 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.