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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 19, 2002
President Bush Announced Dr. Joseph O'Neill to be Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
President George W. Bush today announced that he has named Dr. Joseph O'Neill to be Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. Dr. O'Neill is currently Acting Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Director of the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the office responsible for management of the $1.9 billion Ryan White CARE Act. Dr. O'Neill is a practicing HIV/AIDS physician and a volunteer member of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
As the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, Dr. O'Neill will work with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State and other federal agencies to develop and coordinate HIV/AIDS policy and programs for the Administration. The Office provides support to the AIDS Task Force, co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, which coordinates the Administration's activities and responses to all aspects of the domestic and global AIDS epidemic.
Dr. O'Neill holds degrees in business administration, public health, medical sciences, and medicine from the University of California. He has been treating HIV/AIDS patients since the early 1980's and is widely recognized for his work in palliative care, community health, and internal medicine.