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Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, NIAID: An Account of an Unprecedented Career

Anthony S. Fauci

M.D., Director, NIAID

Dr. Fauci’s contributions as a medical expert, educator, research scientist, public health leader, and humanitarian have earned worldwide recognition.

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., is the present director of NIAID, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health. He was appointed NIAID director in 1984. Since then, he has been a valuable part of numerous research focused on identifying, treating, and preventing immune-mediated and infectious illnesses. Besides, he also serves as Chief, NIAID Laboratory Immunoregulation. His stint here led to several critical discoveries associated with AIDS/HIV. His contributions towards the AIDS/HIV diseases have won accolades from industry peers.

Dr. Fauci is among the most-cited scientists involved in treating AIDS/HIV and associated symptoms. He is a crucial advisor to the White House along with the Department of Health and Human Services on issues such as AIDS at a global level. In addition, he has had an impressive stint as an advisor to the governing bodies on initiatives to augment medical and public health against ever-increasing infectious disease concerns such as the influenza virus. In his career, Dr. Fauci has been able to advise seven U.S. presidents on critical health matters, both in the global and domestic healthcare sector. He has served as an advisor to all the U.S. presidents since Ronald Reagan.

A 2021 analysis of Google Scholar Citations ranked Dr. Fauci at the 35th position among the most-cited living researchers. Furthermore, as per the Web of Science, he was at the 9th position from a list of 2.5 million authors working on immunology by the total citation count during the time period between 1980 and January 21. During the coronavirus spread, Fauci served as a critical member of the White House Corona Task Force. After Joe Biden became president, Fauci was part of the White House Covid-19 Response Team besides serving as the Chief Medical Advisor to Biden. Dr. Fauci’s contributions as a medical expert, educator, research scientist, public health leader, and humanitarian have earned worldwide recognition. Presently, there are more than 1,100 publications available by him.


Dr. Faucy was born on December 24, as Antony Stephen Faucy in 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. As the son of a pharmacist, he was familiar with the medical field since childhood. His family ran a pharmacy in Brooklyn. Dr. Fauci had started delivering prescriptions from the time he could ride a bike. He was a student at Regis High School, a Manhattanbased private Jesuit school. He graduated in 1958 and attended the ‘College of the Holy Cross’ until 1962 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a pre-med.

Later, he enrolled as a Cornell University Medical College student and graduated with the ‘Doctor of Medicine degree in 1966. After graduating from medical college in 1966, he began house staff training in the department of internal medicine at the New York Hospital. Dr. Fauci completed a medical residency in 1968 and associated himself with the NIH, the National Institute of Health as a clinical associate as part of the NIAID. Within a few years, he was promoted as the head of the Clinical Physiology Section at the LCI, the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation by NIAID. Then, in 1980, he became the chief of ‘Laboratory of Immunoregulation’ by the NIAID.


In 1966, he was asked to serve in the Vietnam War. He completed his military obligation at the NIH’s Public Health Service as a clinical associate with Sheldon. M. Wolff, MD, Chief, Laboratory of Clinical Investigation and NIAID’s Clinical Director.

During his association with NIH, Dr. Fauci finished his training in infectious illness and allergy/ immunology. This stint also paved the way for his long association with Wolff. More Insights Into An Exceptional Career Significant observations made at Dr. Fauci’s laboratory have been really critical in HIV pathogenesis. Later, in the mid-80s, his team had provided vital information through publications on the hallmark defect of the CD4+ T Cells in people with HIV. This defect leads to less accurate responsiveness in recalling antigens. Many of the early-90s publications by his group enabled the scientific rationale for the early and continuous suppression of replication of HIV through the combination of antiretroviral agents.

Dr. Fauzi’s 1988 publication on the pathogenesis of HIV in ‘Science’ was the most cited paper in medicine in the year 1989. Many of his subsequent papers are considered classics in the field of HIV and the field of medicine. Many of these papers have enabled insightful information on delineating the link between potential targets for therapy and host-virus interactions along with the complicated network of host factors associated with the regulation of HIV expression.

Dr. Fauci’s contributions as a medical expert, educator, research scientist, public health leader, and humanitarian have earned worldwide recognition.

His ‘Nature’ paper published in 1993 was the most cited paper with respect to the AIDS research between the period from 1993 to 1995. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Fauci was the 10th most-cited AIDS/HIV researcher globally. Additionally, Dr. Fauci is acknowledged for delineating the critical ways that these immunosuppressive agents modulate the human immune reaction. He further developed acute therapies for several immune-mediated illnesses.

Since 1978, Dr. Fauci has held around 33 visiting professorships, given about 490 major named lectureships, and has received 31 honorary degrees besides 124 honors and awards. In addition, he has been a part of 41 editorial boards. Currently, Dr. Fauci serves as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has been the recipient of several awards. Some of them include the National Medal of Science, Mary Woodard Lasker Award for the Public Service, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom