How nice it was to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new hospice suites at the NIH Clinical Center on July 10, 2018. Taking part in the ceremony (from left to right) are: Ann Berger, chief of Pain and Palliative Care at the Clinical Center; Francis Collins; Jim Gilman, the Clinical Center’s chief executive officer; and Gwen Wallen, chief nurse at the Clinical Center. To the right of the Hospice Suites sign is my wife Diane Baker. This extraordinary new unit is comprised of two two-room suites that have been thoughtfully converted into a home-like environment where families can stay with the patients. Credit: NIH
Appointed the 16th Director of NIH by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017. President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director.