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The NICHD Office of the Director (OD) provides overall leadership, planning, direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Institute's research programs and activities. The OD also develops internal policies and procedures and monitors their implementation and maintenance. In addition, the NICHD OD leads the Institute's efforts in the assessment and dissemination of information for the scientific community, for clinical practitioners, and for the public.

The current NICHD Acting Director is Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. To learn more about Dr. Spong, her background, and her scientific interests, visit the NICHD Director's Corner.

To view a list of all of the NICHD's Directors, visit ​​​​​​​​​

Last Reviewed: 09/30/2015

Contact Information

Name: Dr Catherine Y. Spong
Acting Director
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Telephone: 301-496-1848

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