Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and immunologist, has been appointed director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, 1995, was made by Harold Varmus, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Katz succeeds Michael D. Lockshin, MD, acting director, NIAMS, and Lawrence E. Shulman, MD, PhD, the first and founding member of NIAMS.
Dr. Katz will remain chief of the Dermatology Branch within the intramural program of the NIH's National Cancer Institute.
NIAMS, which will celebrate its 19th anniversary in 1996, leads the federal biomedical research effort in disorders of the joints, bones, musculoskeletal system, muscles, and skin, as well as the normal structure and function of these tissues.