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Peter Ashkenaz
Media Affairs Specialist

Peter Ashkenaz is Media Affairs Specialist for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. He recently served six months as a Special Advisor to the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality where he worked on media relations issues.  


Before coming to ONC, he provided internal communications support to the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the FDA. AT ORA he helped to automate internal communications processes for the more than 4,000 investigators, lab analysts and field staff across the country.


Previous to FDA, he was the acting director of the Media Relations Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where he provided media relations support for the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare Modernization Act and other CMS initiatives and programs.


Before joining the federal government, he was at Porter Novelli and AARP.


Peter is from El Paso, Texas where he was a TV news and newspaper photographer and created and ran the Rio Grande Dispute Resolution Center.