OMB Officials Visit Campus
Joe Grogan, associate director for health programs at the Office of Management and Budget, and several other OMB officials paid a call on NIH July 17 for a conversation with leadership and a lab tour.
Among the guests were Rob Pyron, assistant to Grogan; Marcus Nonvillain, associate director at the National Economic Council; Rebekah Armstrong, special assistant to the vice president; Christine Farquharson, program examiner in OMB’s Public Health Branch; Mary Sumpter-Lapinski, counselor to HHS Secretary Tom Price; and Jen Moughalian, HHS acting assistant secretary for financial resources.
They were met by a number of NIH senior leaders including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Associate Director for Budget Neil Shapiro, acting chief of staff Dr. Carrie Wolinetz, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Clinical Center CEO Dr. James Gilman, NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz, NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers and NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow.
The group met for about an hour in the medical board room before visiting NCI Surgery Branch chief Dr. Steven Rosenberg in his office and lab. They also met briefly with one of Rosenberg’s patients.
Final stop for the group was the special clinical studies unit, which treats people with conditions that require a high level of isolation. Fauci gave an overview of the unit and SCSU chief Dr. Richard Davey conducted a room tour.