Dr. Fauci has worked with six U.S. Presidents and has become the face of America’s fight against coronavirus.
Every day, Dr. Anthony Fauci is on CNN participating in press conferences at the White House alongside President Trump. As the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Fauci has been the guiding voice for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some things you might not know about the the 79-year-old immunologist who leads the country as COVID-19 continues to attack the United States and the world.
1. Born in Brooklyn.
Fauci was born in the New York borough to Stephen and Eugenia, owners of a pharmacy where Fauci’s father worked as a pharmacist while his mother was at the register. Fauci grew up delivering prescriptions to sick patients.
2. Italian roots.
Dr. Fauci’s grandparents were from Sciacca, an Italian town on the southwestern coast of Sicily. Fauci’s maternal grandmother – a seamstress – was from Naples, a city known for pizzas and as the third largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan. Fauci’s maternal grandfather was born in Switzerland. He was an artist who painted landscapes and portraits. He even worked on graphic designs for various brands, including: olive oil cans. His grandparents came to America during the late 19th century.
3. Higher education.
Growing up Catholic in New York, Dr. Fauci received a bachelors degree in classics at the College of the Holy Cross – a private Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts and New England’s oldest Catholic college. Afterwards, Fauci went to Cornell University Medical College where he graduated first in his class. Then, he finished internship and residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
In 1984, Dr. Fauci became Director of NIAID where he researched extensively on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. He also led the country’s efforts to battle major viral diseases, including: HIV, SARS, MERS, Ebola, swine flu pandemic in 2009, and now COVID-19.
6. Polyarteritis nodosa and granulomatosis with polyangiitis
One of the most important medical observations that Dr. Fauci developed is regulating human immune response, and delineating the mechanisms whereby immunosuppressive agents comply to that response. In addition, Fauci also created therapies for a wide array of diseases that were fatal, including: polyarteritis nodosa, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and lymphomatoid granulomatosis – which were deemed as one of the most significant developments in patient management in rheumatology in the last two decades.
7. HIV & AIDS
Throughout his career, Dr. Fauci has established strategies for the therapy and immune reconstitution of patients with HIV and AIDS. He also worked on the development of a vaccine for HIV prevention. It all began with his contribution to understanding the ways HIV destroys our bodies’ defenses and how it advances to AIDS.
8. Family man
In 1985, Dr. Fauci met Christine Grady, a nurse with NIH, while treating a patient. Grady is the chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Together, they have three daughters: Jennifer, Megan and Alison.
9. Ebola hearing
Weeks prior to 2014’s Ebola virus outbreak, Dr. Fauci had been emphasizing the importance of screening and warned that NIAID wouldn’t be ready to produce enough quantities of vaccines for the crisis. During his testimony, Fauci said,
“While NIAID is an active participant in the global effort to address the public health emergency occurring in West Africa, it is important to recognize that we are still in the early stages of understanding how infection with the Ebola virus can be treated and prevented.”
In late January 2020, the doctor was commissioned to be a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He’s been working alongside President Trump and provides Americans detailed information as well as warning signs on a daily basis.