Beth Martino leaves the FDA for non-profit health organization

SILVER SPRING, MD: Beth Martino, associate commissioner of external affairs, has left the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to join the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as senior advisor for public affairs.

SILVER SPRING, MD: Beth Martino, associate commissioner of external affairs, has left the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to join the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as senior advisor for public affairs.

"Beth Martino was an important and valued part of FDA's senior leadership team," said Meghan Scott, an FDA spokesperson. "We are sad to see her go, and wish her well in her future endeavors."

Scott will be replacing Martino as the acting associate commissioner of external affairs. Martino was appointed to the FDA role in March 2010, where she was responsible for developing and implementing agency communications to help support its public health goals and mission.

Her last day at the FDA was yesterday. Martino said her departure from the FDA was driven by her new opportunity at Washington, DC-based AHCA, where she will get to work alongside CEO Mark Parkinson, who was appointed in September 2010. Before joining the FDA, Martino served as director of communications, and press secretary for Parkinson, the former governor of Kansas. She'll be starting her new role at AHA on April 25.

"I think it'll be a good opportunity for me to capitalize on some of the public health work that I've done at the FDA, and bring to bear some of the knowledge," said Martino. "Also, I'm looking forward to joining the team over there and working on some of the projects they have coming up."

Martino's other work experience included serving as press secretary for former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Less than two months ago, the FDA underwent a number of staffing changes in its external affairs department. Plans to add a Web division within the office were announced last fall. The Food and Drug Administration is an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, consisting of six product centers, one research center, and two offices.

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