HHS Secretary Donna Shalala formally appointed Clifton Gaus last week to head the Public Health Services' Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
Mr. Gaus, 51, replaces J. Jarrett Clinton, M.D., who has headed the agency since its inception in 1989. Dr. Clinton will become the administrator for HHS' Region IV. The headquarters for that region is in Atlanta.
Since 1992, Mr. Gaus has been a senior adviser for healthcare reform at HHS. He also worked at HHS during the Carter administration. Mr. Gaus also has been a professor at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.
Early this year, it was revealed in an internal AHCPR memo that Dr. Clinton would be stepping down and that Mr. Gaus would take over (Jan. 17, p. 16). While Mr. Gaus' work has been generally praised, Clinton administration sources said at the time the memo was leaked that they asked Dr. Clinton to step aside because they wanted their own person running the agency.
AHCPR conducts outcomes research and technology evaluations. It also publishes clinical practice guidelines. The agency has a 1994 budget of $154 million.