This week we are applauding Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's Doctor!
Sunday Spotlight: Anthony Fauci, America’s Doctor
In this week’s Sunday Spotlight, we recognize Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s Doctor and the voice of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Anthony Fauci was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940 to second-generation Italian immigrant parents. His father, a Columbia University-trained pharmacist, and mother, who worked the register, owned a small pharmacy, for which Fauci delivered prescriptions much of his adolescent life and throughout high school.
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After grade school, Dr. Fauci attended the College of the Holy Cross where he graduated with a B.A. in Classics. He went on to Cornell University Medical College (now known as the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University), earning his M.D. and finishing first in his class. Dr. Fauci completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now known as New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine). Since residency and completion of his medical education, Dr. Fauci has been a visiting professor at many medical institutions and a recipient of 30 honorary doctorates from domestic and international universities, in addition to many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Fauci joined the NIH (National Institutes of Health) in 1968 as a clinical associate, climbing the physician-scientist hierarchical ladder to Head of the Clinical Physiology Section, Chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and eventually Director of the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), his current position. As the Director of the NIAID, Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria.These research endeavors help us prepare for and combat novel diseases such as SARS, Ebola, Zika, and COVID19. Under Fauci’s supervision, the NIAID also contributes to research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, such as autoimmune disorders, asthma, and allergies.
Dr. Fauci has advised six United States presidents on various domestic and international health issues, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Ebola outbreak, and COVID19 pandemic. Fauci was one of the leading researchers during the AIDS epidemic and a key architect for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a five-year effort by the United States to support HIV/AIDS treatment programs in developing countries. Also serving as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Fauci advises political leaders and educates the public on the ever-evolving international epidemic.
Epitomizing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s academic and professional accolades, it comes as no surprise that he has become America’s de facto spokesperson for public health and leading authority behind the Coronavirus pandemic.