HHS chief of staff departs

HHS Chief of Staff Peter Urbanowicz is leaving the department this month and will be replaced by Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Harrison.

"Earlier this year, Peter advised me of his intention to return to his home in Texas this summer. Peter has been a key leader in HHS's success over the past year and a half, and has played a vital role in our work to lower prescription drug prices, advance value-based care, and improve rural healthcare access," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a June 3 statement announcing the personnel changes.

Mr. Urbanowicz is a lawyer with experience leading a health system. He was executive vice president and general counsel of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare from 2004-08 and served as the principal deputy general counsel of HHS during the George W. Bush administration.

Mr. Harrison, who will take on the role of chief of staff, is also an alumnus of the Bush administration. He worked in the office of the Deputy Secretary at HHS. Mr. Harrison has also worked in other federal agencies including the Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense and the Office of the Vice President at the White House.


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