NIH News Release
Office of the Director, NIH

Office of Behavioral and
Social Sciences Research

Friday, October 20, 2000
Susan Persons
(301) 402-3930

Dr. Raynard S. Kington to Direct Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., began his NIH leadership post this week as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He was appointed by Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., NIH Principal Deputy Director.

"We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kington join our senior management team. He is an outstanding scientist, administrator, and leader who will help guide NIH priorities for research in the behavioral and social sciences," said Dr. Kirschstein.

Prior to his NIH appointment, Dr. Kington served as the Director of the Division of Health Examination Statistics in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), where he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Before joining CDC, Dr. Kington was a Senior Natural Scientist at the RAND Corp. and Co-Director of the Drew/Rand Center for Health and Aging. He was also an Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kington received his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan, and his M.B.A. degree and Ph.D. degree in health policy and economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his extensive training and administrative experience, Dr. Kington is a recipient of multiple academic awards, a grantee of the National Institute on Aging, and has served as a member of scientific review committees for several federal agencies. His research interests have included the determinants of utilization of health care services by the elderly, health insurance patterns, and the role of socioeconomic status in explaining racial and ethnic differences in health status.

In his role as Director of the OBSSR, Dr. Kington will provide leadership and direction to increase the scope of and support for behavioral and social sciences research at NIH. Dr. Kington will be the second director of the OBSSR, succeeding Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., who led the office since its inception in 1995. Dr. Anderson joined Harvard University's School of Public Health as a Professor of Health and Social Behavior last April.