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Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett, Director, NCI Office of Communications and Public Liaison, National Cancer Institute

Peter F. Garrett is director of NCI's Office of Communications and Public Liaison, where he oversees the institute's activities in digital communications and social media, science writing for professional and lay audiences, clearance, stakeholder outreach, media relations, and internal communications, as well as the NCI Contact Center.

Prior to joining NCI, Peter was the director of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HHS ONC)—which, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was responsible for transitioning physicians and hospitals to electronic health record keeping. At HHS ONC, he was responsible for overseeing all communications and public affairs related to this program.

Earlier in his career, Peter served in the Clinton Administration as press chief for the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and represented a large variety of clients—including NCI—on diverse health care communications and policy projects. With more than 25 years of experience in public service and consulting, Peter has focused his career on helping organizations and individuals communicate effectively with decision makers, including public officials and stakeholders.

Peter recently received both the NCI and NIH Director's Awards for communications leadership supporting the Cancer Moonshot. He graduated from Bowdoin College with an A.B. in European History and Western Philosophy.

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