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Demetrios L. Kouzoukas, Esquire


Demetrios L. KouzoukasOf Counsel
& Burling LLP
Washington, DC
(202) 662-5057

Demetrios L. Kouzoukas is of counsel in the firm�s Washington, DC, office and a member of the Health Care and Food & Drug Practice groups.

Most recently, Mr. Kouzoukas served as Principal Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role, he was responsible for regulatory policy across HHS, with particular emphasis on Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement, food and drug regulation, and health information technology. Mr. Kouzoukas oversaw the programs and operations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Inspector General, Departmental Appeals Board, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office for Civil Rights, Health Resources and Services Administration, and several other HHS agencies.

During his tenure at HHS, he also served as Deputy General Counsel. In that role, he helped lead a 400+ attorney nationwide law office and was responsible for legal advice across the Department with respect to public health law issues, including legal advice to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

While at HHS, Mr. Kouzoukas also advised senior officials throughout HHS regarding appropriations law, information law such as the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and human services law relating to programs of the Administration for Children and Families.

In addition, Mr. Kouzoukas was responsible for overseeing HHS's government ethics compliance function, and he has extensive experience with respect to government ethics rules governing procurement, financial and other conflicts of interest, and gifts. He was extensively involved in the process of vetting political appointees.

Prior to serving in government, Mr. Kouzoukas represented and counseled health care providers and manufacturers with respect to federal and state health care program compliance, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and privacy issues.

Mr. Kouzoukas has donated time and talent to several federal, state, and local political campaigns. He is a self-avowed political buff and amateur pundit. Mr. Kouzoukas and his wife reside in Virginia and are the proud parents of a daughter.


  • "Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness: Legal Practitioner Perspectives," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (Spring 2008), Author
  • "Rx Reimportation: A Legislative History," Health Care News (November 2002), Author
  • "HIPAA's Impact on Sites: Questions & Answers," Clinical Trials Advisor (May 2002), Author
  • "HIPAA�s Privacy Rule on Research: Insight into the Tension between Privacy and the Value of Knowledge," Topics in Health Information Management (May 2002), Author
  • "Politics, Law Delay Drug Discount Card," Health Care News (January 2002), Author
  • "Lupron And You: How To Avoid Compliance Problems In Your Relationships With Pharmaceutical Companies," BNA�s Health Law Reporter (6/7/2001), Co-Author
  • "Congress Passes FUTA Provision: Planning and Implementation Issues for Tribal Employees," Native American Law Digest (March 2001), Co-Author


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    • Human Pharmaceuticals
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    • Election & Political Law
    • Internal Investigations
    • Vetting and Confirmation of Political Appointees


  • Health Care
    • Health Information Privacy
    • Medicare & Medicaid Reimbursement
  • Life Sciences


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University, B.A.
    • cum laude


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