After 6 years as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harold Varmus, MD, is leaving his post at the end of December to become the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Varmus's decision was not unexpected. Shortly after arriving at NIH in 1993, he said that he thought that 6 years serving as director would be "about right." He is credited with attracting talented biomedical researchers to the NIH and working successfully to convince the executive branch and members of Congress to increase the nation's investment in basic and clinical research. The NIH's overall budget grew from around $11 billion in 1993 to more than $15.6 billion in 1999.
Stephenson J. NIH Director Resigns Post. JAMA. 1999;282(17):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.282.17.1612-JMN1103-4-1