Meet Steven Immergut, M.P.H., Acting Associate Commissioner for External Affairs
Steven Immergut is the FDA’s Acting Associate Commissioner for External Affairs. In this role, he oversees the planning, development and implementation of agency-wide media communications strategies for disseminating regulatory and educational information to the public through the news media. Mr. Immergut advises the Commissioner and other key agency officials on FDA’s communication to the media and serves as a liaison with the Public Health Service and the Department of Health and Human Services on media activities. Under Mr. Immergut’s leadership, the FDA Office of Media Affairs is the agency’s focal point for preparing, clearing and disseminating press announcements and other statements for the news media, as well as arranging and facilitating press conferences, media briefings, interviews and other news events.
Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Immergut has designed, managed and executed strategic communications initiatives on behalf of organizations operating across the health care sector, including the federal government; pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies; associations; health care providers; and patient groups.
Immediately prior to joining the FDA, Mr. Immergut was a Senior Associate with the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, managing government and private sector health communications engagements. Previously, he led the Washington, D.C. Healthcare practice at leading public relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he represented a range of clients on medical product and health IT programs and provided counsel on issues management.
Prior to his time at H+K, Mr. Immergut led client engagements for New York-based communications consultancies, Tonic Life Communications and GCI Group, across a wide range of therapeutic categories including oncology, cardiovascular disease, and infectious disease. Mr. Immergut has significant international experience as a healthcare communicator, having represented several global companies based in Europe. And earlier in his career, Mr. Immergut was based in Latin America as consultant under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working on groundbreaking public health social marketing programs in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and diarrheal disease.
Mr. Immergut holds a Master of Public Health from George Washington University and a B.S. in marketing from Syracuse University.