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Peter Meyer

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Fellow
Peter is a nationally recognized expert in data confidentiality and security.

Peter is an expert on data governance and Department of Health and Human Services data systems. He consults on these subjects at and for NORC. He uses his expertise in the areas of data confidentiality and privacy issues.

​Prior to joining NORC, Peter was the director of the Research Data Center (RDC) and Deputy Director of the Division of Research Methodology (DRM) at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Peter focused on expanding access to Federal health data by the research community, and served on the Executive Committee for the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers, where he was involved in expanding from only four site locations to 33 throughout the United States.

As the director of RDC, Peter implemented programmatic changes that halved the time needed for RDC proposal approvals, streamlining the process and improving the access and use of federal health data to the research community. He also expanded the number of RDCs from one to fifteen by expanding the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) network to two locations and by contracting with the Census Bureau to open new centers at research universities throughout the United States. Based on these improvements and expanding RDC access, Peter advised other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, academia, and other organizations around creating NORC data enclaves and other issues associated with statistical disclosure limitation.

At the national level, Peter was awarded the Outstanding Government Service by the APHA Statistics Section in 2012. While at NCHS, Peter was recognized with numerous Director’s Awards for his outstanding service. Peter earned an award for Excellence in Innovation for leading progress in the analysis of genetic data and was recognized for his service during the U.S. Public Health Service to Hurricane Katrina by CDC and HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.



University of Maryland


George Mason University

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Government Service | 2012

American Public Health Association Statistics Section

Excellence in Innovation | 2008

National Center for Health Statistics

Award for Distinguished Service | 2006

Department of Health and Human Services

Project Contributions

National Immunization Surveys (NIS)

One of the nation’s largest phone surveys and the gold standard for data on U.S. immunization rates


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality