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AHRQ Director to Step Down

February 1, 2013—A Jan. 31 memo circulated to staff of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that the agency’s director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., would be “stepping down in the coming months.”

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., praised Dr. Clancy as “a passionate champion of patient safety and health service research throughout her career, bringing that expertise and commitment to her leadership of AHRQ.” Noting that “[d]uring her tenure, she led AHRQ in supporting groundbreaking research at medical schools and teaching hospitals to improve patient safety, eliminate health disparities, and analyze health services,” Dr. Kirch continued that “[h]er dedication and vision will be missed.”

Dr. Clancy, a general internist, first was appointed to lead the agency on Feb. 5, 2003, and reappointed on Oct. 9, 2009. Prior to taking the helm, she was director of AHRQ’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.

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