BETHESDA, MarylandSecretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G.
Thompson has named Alan S. Rabson, MD, deputy director of the National Cancer
Institute since 1995, to serve as acting director of the Institute. Dr. Rabson
will fill the post formerly held by Richard D. Klausner, MD, until a new
director is named. Dr. Klausner resigned to become president of the new Case
Institute of Health, Science, and Technology.
Dr. Rabson came to the National Institutes of Health in 1955 as a resident
in pathologic anatomy and joined the NCI a year later, where he pursued
research in viral oncology. In 1975, he became director of NCI’s Division of
Cancer Biology, Diagnosis, and Centers.