About the Director
John T. Burklow
Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Director, Office of Community Liaison
National Institutes of Health
Building 1, Room 344 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0811
John Burklow is the Director for The Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary medical research agency in the Federal government. The NIH’s annual budget is more than $31 billion, which supports a large research facility in Bethesda, Maryland, NIH laboratories in Frederick, Baltimore, North Carolina, and Montana, and more than 325,000 researchers throughout the U.S. and around the world. The NIH receives several thousand press inquiries a year and is often in the news. John serves as the chief advisor to the NIH Director, Principal Deputy Director, and senior staff on communications and public liaison issues. He also serves as the NIH spokesman for the agency (on non-science issues), overseeing news media (and new media), editorial operations, online communications, special projects, the NIH Visitor Center functions, the NIH Freedom of Information Act Office, and is currently the Director of the NIH Office of Community Liaison. John and his staff work closely with each of the NIH’s 27 institutes and centers communications offices and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Affairs.