The National Institutes of Health today named Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Pérez-Stable is expected to join the institute in September from the University of California San Francisco, where he directs the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities and Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations and serves as a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Acting NIMHD Director Yvonne Maddox will become vice president for research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. NIMHD conducts and supports research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. Pérez-Stable’s personal research interests include improving the health of poor and minority patients, reducing health risks such as smoking in minority populations, and improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals.