President Clinton has chosen Dr. R. Scott Hitt, a Los Angeles physician who specializes in the treatment of AIDS cases, to head a presidential advisory council on the deadly disease, the White House said Thursday.
The mission of the 30-member council is to help draft policies that will improve AIDS research, treatment and prevention. In a statement issued in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Clinton was attending a summit of leading industrial nations, the White House said Hitt was one of 23 people named to the panel in an executive order signed by the President on Wednesday.
Hitt has specialized in AIDS treatment as a partner in Pacific Oaks Medical Group, one of the country's largest and most aggressive private health care providers for HIV patients. Others included Terje Anderson, AIDS program chief for the Vermont Department of Health; Mary Boland, director of the National Pediatric and Family HIV center in New Jersey, and Bob Hattoy, a gay rights activist with AIDS who serves as White House liaison at the Interior Department.
The White House said seven members of the council have yet to be appointed.