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Monday, March 16, 2020

Who Is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci?

            I chose Dr. Anthony S. Fauci for my weekly VIP because he seems to be playing an important role against the coronavirus. He was appointed as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984. As such, he “oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika.” It appears that he is the point man on infectious diseases, so it is only reasonable that we are hearing a lot from him as we fight the novel coronavirus.

            As the director of NIAID, Dr. Fauci is an advisor to the President of the United States. In fact, he advised six different presidents about “HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues.” He is “the longtime chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation” and “made many contributions to basic and clinical research on the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases.”

            Dr. Fauci is “ranked as the 41st most highly cited researcher of all time” in “a 2019 analysis of Google Scholar citations.” “According to the Web of Science, he ranked 8th out of more than 2.2 
million authors in the field of immunology by total citation count between 1980 and January 2019.” 

            In addition, Dr. Fauci has “delivered major lectures all over the world” and has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and “45 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States and abroad. He is a member of numerous academies of science and medicine and “serves on the editorial boards of many scientific journals.”

            From all his credits, it appears that there is a good reason why President Donald Trump speaks so highly of Dr. Fauci. It seems that he is well-prepared to take the lead in the current fight against the new coronavirus that is quickly spreading throughout the world.

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