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March 24, 2017
Price Makes First Visit to NIH as HHS Secretary

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes Dr.
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes Dr.
Thomas E. Price, the new HHS Secretary, on
Feb. 21. Below, NCI’s Dr. Steven Rosenberg
discusses his research with Price.
NCI’s Dr. Steven Rosenberg

Dr. Thomas E. Price was sworn in as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services on Feb. 10. He came calling at NIH on Feb. 21. An orthopedic surgeon when he practiced medicine, Price most recently served as U.S. representative of Georgia’s 6th congressional district.

While on campus, the new Secretary met with several NIH leaders including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and several institute and center directors. He also took a brief tour of the Clinical Research Center and discussed a clinical case with NCI Surgery Branch chief Dr. Steven Rosenberg.

Price also met a patient, Judy Anderson, a 51-year-old Florida resident “who had a complete cancer regression of metastatic breast cancer in the lungs and liver due to our new immunotherapy approach targeting the unique mutations in her cancer,” explained Rosenberg.

Following the visit and promising to return for longer briefings, Price tweeted, “The @NIH is doing incredible work to improve lives, turning discovery into health. Thank you @NIHDirector and team for the warm welcome.”

Price (l) meets CC patient Judy Anderson, who experienced a complete cancer regression under the care of NCI Surgery Branch chief Rosenberg (c). Following his Feb. 21 visit, Price took to social media to acknowledge NIH’s work and to thank Collins and company for a warm welcome. He also promised to return for a longer tour.
Price (l) meets CC patient Judy Anderson, who experienced a complete cancer regression under the care of NCI Surgery Branch chief Rosenberg (c). Following his Feb. 21 visit, Price took to social media to acknowledge NIH’s work and to thank Collins and company for a warm welcome. He also promised to return for a longer tour.

At the Clinical Center model, CC CEO Dr. James Gilman (r) provides the new HHS secretary (c) with an overview of the research hospital complex as Collins looks on.
At the Clinical Center model, CC CEO Dr. James Gilman (r) provides the new HHS secretary (c) with an overview of the research hospital complex as Collins looks on.

getting acquainted with Price (r) are NIH senior leaders (from l) Collins, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Gilman, acting NCI director Dr. Douglas Lowy and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons.
Above, getting acquainted with Price (r) are NIH senior leaders (from l) Collins, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Gilman, acting NCI director Dr. Douglas Lowy and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons. Below, in the Clinical Center’s Medical Board Rm. for a meeting with NIH’s senior leadership are (from l) Price, NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz, NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Collins and Fauci.

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in the Clinical Center’s Medical Board Rm. for a meeting with NIH’s senior leadership are (from l) Price, NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz, NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Collins and Fauci.

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