Richard Kronick, PhD, has announced that he is stepping away from his position as director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ).
Kronick took over as director of the agency in 2013, overseeing efforts to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of healthcare in the U.S.
“I am sad to leave, but very proud of what we have accomplished together, and grateful for AHRQ staff’s dedication and commitment to the Agency and to improving the quality, safety, affordability, accessibility, and equitability of health care,” Kronick said in a blog post published on the AHRQ website.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has tapped Sharon Arnold, PhD, as Kronick’s replacement. Arnold has served as the agency’s deputy director since July 2014.
“I know that Sharon’s excellent judgment, good humor, and strong managerial skills will serve AHRQ in good stead,” Kronick wrote.