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*Tom Scully, director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), resigned on December 15th. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson named Dennis G. Smith as interim head of the agency. Smith is director of the CMS' Center for Medicaid and State Operations. Thompson also announced Leslie Norwalk will continue as Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of CMS. Scully, who had led the CMS the past 3 years, moved to the private sector accepting a position in the Atlanta-based law firm of Alston & Bird.

*Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, has been named president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR). CAMR, which has more than 80 members representing universities, patient organizations, scientific societies, foundations and individuals, is the lead organization in the political fight supporting therapeutic cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Perry had served as executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research since 1986.

*Charles Baxter, MD, has been appointed chief medical advisor and chairman of the newly established medical board of Cytomedix, Inc., Little Rock, AR. Baxter, a world-renowned wound care expert and pioneer in developing grafting medical procedures using pigskin and human skin on human wounds. He established one of the first skin banks at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he is Professor Emeritus.

*Patricia Wetzel, MD, has been appointed medical director of Chronimed, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. Previously, Wetzel was associate faculty, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

*Michael Trigg, MD, has been named chairman of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Cryo-Cell International, Clearwater, FL. Trigg is chief, division of Blood & Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

*In Memoriam - Helen Morrill Bunce, retired executive director of the North Carolina Eye Bank and first secretary of the Eye Banking Association of America (EBAA) died on November 12. She was 91. Bunce began working at the North Carolina Eye Bank in 1959 and served as executive director for almost 25 years until her retirement in 1983.
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Title Annotation:Appointments; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research; Cytomedix Inc
Comment:Names in the News.(Appointments)(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)(Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research)(Cytomedix Inc)
Author:Smith, Dennis G.
Publication:Transplant News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 31, 2003
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