Anthony S. Fauci
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., is an acclaimed immunologist known internationally for his pioneering medical research and scientific leadership. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1962 and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1966. He has conducted research and cared for patients at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health since 1968 and became its director in 1984. Fauci directs a portfolio of basic and applied research aimed at preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illnesses caused by agents of bioterrorism. He also directs a large research effort on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.
Fauci serves as a key adviser to the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues and initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats. For service to his country, Fauci was awarded the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
A prolific researcher, Fauci has made substantial contributions to our understanding of how HIV destroys the body's defenses and leads to AIDS. He also played a significant role in developing strategies for the therapy and immune reconstitution of patients with the disease, as well as for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. His current research is focused on identifying the nature of the mechanisms of HIV infection and the scope of the body’s immune system responses.
Fauci has served as visiting professor at major medical centers nationwide and has delivered major lectureships all over the world. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his scientific accomplishments, including the National Medal of Science, the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians, and the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
In recognition of his services to medicine, his country and the lives of people across the globe, Brooklyn College awards Anthony S. Fauci the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.