John Y. Killen, Jr., M.D., has been selected as director of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He had been acting director of DAIDS since June 1993, following the resignation of Daniel F. Hoth, M.D. NIAID, lead institute for AIDS research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts, supports and coordinates many aspects of federally sponsored research on HIV infection and AIDS in the United States and around the world. NIH is an agency of the Public Health Service, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"For the past seven years Dr. Killen has made many significant contributions to our NIAID leadership team," says Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID director. "I look forward to his continued leadership and strong commitment to the linkage of science and management as we strive to meet the research challenges we face in this important field."
Dr. Killen came to NIAID in September 1987 as assistant director for clinical trials. In March 1988, he was appointed deputy director of DAIDS. Prior to joining NIAID, he served for a year, beginning in August 1986, as medical director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a major community-based provider of AIDS services in Washington, D.C., and held a faculty position of assistant clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Killen began his NIH career in 1980 at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as senior investigator in the Clinical Investigations Branch of the Division of Cancer Treatment. His responsibilities included implementation, evaluation and supervision of clinical trials on cancer therapy conducted by NCI's Cooperative Clinical Trials Group. From 1981 to 1984, he headed the medicine section of that branch. When he left NCI, he was deputy chief and program officer for the entire Cooperative Clinical Trials Group. Recipient of the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award (1990) and the NIH Director's Award (1989), Dr. Killen is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International AIDS Society and the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights.
Dr. Killen earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in 1975. He completed his internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., in 1976 and his residency there in 1978. He was a clinical fellow in Georgetown's Division of Medical Oncology from 1978 to 1980. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 1971.