Fauci to leave federal government after decades as top U.S. infectious disease expert

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

August 22, 2022 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on August 22 that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical officer to President Joe Biden, will step down in December to pursue the “next chapter” of his career.

Fauci, who has led NIAID for 38 years, has served under and advised seven U.S. presidents -- starting with President Ronald Reagan -- working on infectious disease threats including HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, pandemic influenza, various bird influenza threats, Ebola, and Zika. However, he came to national and international prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring," Fauci said in a statement. "After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. 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."

NIAID, which has a fiscal year 2022 budget of approximately $6.3 billion, conducts and supports research to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing, and treating these illnesses.

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