THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES DR. RICHARD D. KLAUSNER DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
The President today announced his intent to appoint Dr. Richard D. Klausner as Director of the National Cancer Institute at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Richard D. Klausner of Maryland has been the Chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health since 1984. Dr. Klausner is an internationally recognized scientist who has made major contributions in the fields of immunology, cell biology and molecular biology. He is the immediate past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and, for the past two years, has been the Chairman of the National Science Education Standards Project of the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Klausner's contributions to science and medicine have been recognized by election to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the William Damashek Prize of the American Society of Hematology and the American Federation of Clinical Research Outstanding Investigator's Award. Dr. Klausner earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his M.D. degree from Duke Medical School.