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Dr. Carolyn Clancy, who has led HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for nearly a decade, will leave her post sometime “in the coming months,” according to a memo to employees from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Clancy, an internist, was named AHRQ's director in February 2003 and was reappointed in October 2009. She joined AHRQ in 1990 and previously served as director of its Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.
In the statement, Sebelius praised Clancy for raising AHRQ's visibility and spearheading initiatives focused on healthcare disparities and patient safety. During Clancy's tenure, Sebelius said, AHRQ began producing its national reports on the state of healthcare quality and disparities. The companion reports have been released annually since 2003.