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Dr. Anthony Fauci: Interesting Things About the Immunologist

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.


Dr. Anthony Fauci is a researcher, clinician, administrator, politician, husband, and father. He does what he was called to do to save lives. He is one of the most admired, trusted, and respected physicians in the United States. He has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIAID) since 1984.

The 79-year-old immunologist has been an advisor to every United States President since Ronald Reagan. President George H.W. Bush offered to make Fauci the Director of the National Institutes of Health in 1989. Fauci declined because he said his work at NIAID was too important for him to do something else.

Fauci is one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases, and COVID-19 is not the first pandemic he has been involved with. He has previously worked with some of the most dangerous infectious diseases, including Ebola and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Fauci's Medical Background

According to, Dr. Fauci has been surrounded by medicine all his life. His father was a pharmacist, his mother and sister Denise worked the register, and Fauci delivered prescriptions on his bike when he was a teenager. The family lived in an apartment above the Brooklyn, New York pharmacy.

Fauci graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical studies with a pre-med track from the College of the Holy Cross, a private Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated first in his class with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1966. Fauci completed an internship and residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

Before becoming director, Fauci worked in a top position at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1974. He applied his knowledge of chemotherapy to the problem of autoimmune diseases.

Fauci spends about 15 hours a day working in his office. When he is not working, he says he enjoys jogging for the endorphins and the stress relief he gets.

Even though he has always been short, Fauci was captain of the basketball team in the 1950s when he attended Regis High School in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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Honors and Awards

During his career that spans more than 50 years, Fauci has received many honors and awards. The followings are just a few notable ones.

  • Between 1981 and 1994, Dr. Fauci was the fifth most cited scientist out of more than one million scientists worldwide that had published works during that 13-year period.
  • Between1983 and 2002, Fauci was cited in scientific journals as one of the world's most popular and trusted scientists.
  • In 2002, Dr. Fauci received the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
  • In 2008, President George W. Bush presented to Dr. Fauci the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Dr. Anthony Fauci receives the Medal of Freedom Award from President George W. Bush

Dr. Anthony Fauci receives the Medal of Freedom Award from President George W. Bush

  • Dr. Fauci was the 41st most highly cited researcher of all time in a 2019 analysis of Google Scholar citations.
  • The well-respected scientist has written, co-authored, and edited more than 1,000 scientific publications and textbooks.
  • Dr. Fauci has received 24 honorary doctorates from colleges and universities in the United States and abroad for his successful scientific work.

Fauci's Personal Life

Many people wonder what keeps Fauci going since he seems to be so energetic. It helps that he has a spouse who shares his goals and values. He is married to Christine Grady, 68, who is chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. They understand and support each other in their work.

Grady earned her bachelor’s degree, with a double major in nursing and biology in the mid-1970s. She returned to Georgetown University more than a decade later and received a Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics in 1993.

The couple met over the bed of a patient from Brazil. Grady was called in as a translator. Fauci and Grady have been married for 35 years since 1985. They have three adult daughters.

Even though the couple has a very busy schedule, they make it a point to eat dinner together around 9:30 p.m. every night.

Fauci's Concerns

Fauci acknowledges that he is in one of the high rise groups for COVID-19 because of his age. However, that does not slow him down. He gets only about five hours of sleep every night, and he works most of the time when he is awake.

According to NPR, Dr. Anthony Fauci and his family have received death threats because he has done his job and spoken out about the coronavirus. Fauci thinks it is inconceivable that he and his family have received death threats and his daughters have been harassed because he is trying to promote public health principles to save people's lives. The federal government has provided Fauci and his family with personal security in the three separate cities where they live.

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