Following a long career in government service, Dr. Anthony Fauci is transitioning to academia.
Georgetown University has announced that Fauci will be joining its faculty in the upcoming week.
His extensive expertise in the field of infectious diseases will contribute to the knowledge base at the School of Medicine, and he will also hold a position at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
Fauci releases statement on new appointment
In an official statement released on Monday, Fauci expressed his joy about his new role: “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.”
“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,” he continued.
Fauci’s long career history included being Biden’s advisor
Dr. Fauci’s career history includes being the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1984 until 2022, as well as acting as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
His key areas of research encompassed a variety of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Zika. With the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, Fauci’s name became widely recognized across households.
Despite his notable work, Dr. Fauci also faced heavy criticism, predominantly from conservative circles, for his safety guidelines during the Covid pandemic.
The criticisms of Dr Fauci
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential GOP presidential contender, recently used the term “Faucian dystopia” while discussing the pandemic.
Former President Donald Trump also had his critiques, labeling Fauci as a “disaster.”
Dr. Fauci announced his departure from federal service in August 2022, leaving his plans unspoken, although he clarified that he was not retiring.
“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,” he declared on August 22nd.
Fauci’s personal ties to Georgetown University
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Fauci has personal ties to Georgetown University.
He and his wife, Christine Grady, were married in Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel.
Grady is also a distinguished alumnus, having received both her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown. Their three daughters were also born at Georgetown Hospital.
In a Q&A session that coincided with Georgetown’s press release on Monday, Dr. Fauci mused on his life’s next chapter, stating, “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,” he added.