Carolyn Clancy, M.D., can drop "acting" from her title, as the Bush administration Wednesday named her director of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Clancy, former director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, has been acting director of the research agency since March 2002. She has been with AHRQ since 1990, when it was called the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
"Carolyn Clancy's long history with AHRQ and her medical and research expertise provide the right balance to lead this vital agency," HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson says in a statement. "I look forward to working with Dr. Clancy and her colleagues at AHRQ on deploying the power of information technology to improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery."
According to HHS, Clancy, an internist, focuses her research on women's health, primary care, access to care and the impact of financial incentives on physicians' decisions.