TUESDAY, June 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, best known for his public health leadership during the pandemic, will become a professor at Georgetown University starting next week.
Fauci will work in both the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine and at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
“I am delighted to join the Georgetown family, an institution steeped in clinical and academic excellence with an emphasis on the Jesuit tradition of public service,” Fauci said in a statement released Monday. “This is a natural extension of my scientific, clinical and public health career, which was initially grounded from my high school and college days where I was exposed to intellectual rigor, integrity and service-mindedness of Jesuit institutions.”
Before leaving his post last year, Fauci was chief medical advisor to President Biden. He also served for nearly four decades, from 1984 to 2022, at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats,” Fauci said in a statement announcing his planned departure last August.
Before his work on COVID-19, Fauci was focused on other infectious diseases, including Ebola, mosquito-borne Zika and HIV/AIDS.
He’s been a lightning bolt for conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, who has called him a “disaster,” and GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, who has called parts of the pandemic a “Faucian dystopia,” NBC News reported.
While Fauci’s undergraduate degree is from College of the Holy Cross and his medical degree is from Cornell University Medical College, his wife, Christine Grady, earned her undergraduate and PhD degrees from Georgetown and the pair married there, NBC News reported.
The couple’s three daughters were also born at Georgetown Hospital.
“I ask myself, now, at this stage in my life, what do I have to offer to society?” Fauci said in a Q&A accompanying Georgetown’s news release on Monday. “Sure, I could do more experiments in the lab and have my lab going, but given what I’ve been through, I think what I have to offer is experience and inspiration to the younger generation of students. If I accomplish that, I think I’ll make a major contribution to Georgetown.”
The National Institutes of Health has more on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s past work.
SOURCE: NBC News
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