Public Health Service Director Is Sworn In

Reuters

Dr. Philip Lee has been sworn in as the new head of the U.S. Public Health Service, said Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala on Tuesday. Lee replaces Dr. James O. Mason, who resigned Jan. 20 when President Clinton took office.

The Public Health Service has an annual budget of $20 billion and 45,000 employees. It oversees health care activities of eight federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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