NIH News Release
National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Friday, January 4, 2002
Marcia Vital
(301) 496-2535

Dr. Raynard S. Kington Named Acting Director of NIAAA

Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., today was named Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism by Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kington assumed his duties on January 2, 2002. His appointment follows the retirement of Enoch Gordis, M.D., NIAAA's Director from 1986 through 2001.

Dr. Kington has served as NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research since November 2000, positions he will retain while serving as NIAAA Acting Director.

Dr. Kington came to NIH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As Director of the Division of Health Examination Statistics in the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a comprehensive, ongoing survey of the health status, health behaviors, and diet of people in the United States.

Before joining the CDC, Dr. Kington was a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he co-directed the Drew University / RAND Center on Health and Aging.

Dr. Kington earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and then completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, earning his M.B.A. and his Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics from The Wharton School.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Kington's research has focused on social factors as determinants of health. His research has included studies of the role of socioeconomic status in explaining differences in health across populations; the determinants of health care services utilization; the health status and health behaviors of Hispanic populations; and the economic impact of health care expenditures among the elderly.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts and supports approximately 90 percent of U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems and disseminates research findings to science, practitioner, policy making, and general audiences.