Office of Communications & Media Relations

The Office of Communications and Media Relations (OCMR) shares timely, accurate and important information about the Clinical Center's scientific advances, patient experiences and services, educational and collaborative opportunities and clinical research initiatives which improve patient care and benefit human health.

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Examples of OCMR activities include:

  • Serving as the "go-to" office for all reporter inquiries, photography and filming requests related to the Clinical Center.

  • Producing a variety of quality, informative publications ranging from the hospital's newsletter to its annual report.

  • Supporting development of materials that are key to our patients' experience and safety, such as nutritional information, patient handbooks and educational materials for patients about their care and condition.

  • Creating innovative digital content and engaging with patients and their caregivers, the NIH community, outside researchers and other stakeholders through social media and the website.

  • Promoting stimulating lectures on cutting edge science, including Clinical Center Grand Rounds and the NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, as well as special events such as National Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Clinical Center's grand atrium, which contribute to the hospital's unique environment of care.

Dr. John I. Gallin speaking
Dr. John I. Gallin, then director of the Clinical Center, speaks to reporters Oct. 17, 2014, at a press briefing on a patient suffering from Ebola who was later discharged free of the disease.
Dr. Jonathan Lyons demonstrates research being conducted while being filmed
Dr. Jonathan Lyons, an assistant clinical investigator with the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, demonstrates the cutting-edge research being conducted in laboratories across the Clinical Center, while being filmed by a non-profit organization May 19, 2016.

the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performing at the Clinical Center
The NIH Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences welcomed the full National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Sept. 21, 2016 to Building 10. The visit marked the NSO's 17th time performing at the Clinical Center as a part of their Sound Health initiative. The initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers, was launched at the Clinical Center in September 2013.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin
The J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture was presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta March 25, 2015. Gupta, who is a former student of NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins while at the University of Michigan, now serves as CNN's chief medical correspondent and as a practicing neurosurgeon. He spoke on the intersection of media and medicine.