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Fauci named ‘distinguished’ professor of infectious diseases at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Dr. Anthony Fauci (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Fauci named ‘distinguished’ professor of infectious diseases at Georgetown University School of Medicine

Georgetown University announced on Monday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will join its faculty on July 1 as a “Distinguished University Professor” overseeing the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

The academic division “provides clinical care, conducts research and trains future physicians in infectious diseases.” The university stated that Fauci will hold an additional position at its McCourt School of Public Policy.

Fauci, who once earned the highest salary in the federal government during his 54 years at the NIH, received the university’s “highest professional honor” in recognition of “extraordinary achievement in scholarship, teaching and service.”

In an interview with the university, Fauci claimed he is no longer interested in running experiments in the lab.

During his time leading the nation’s COVID response, Fauci became a polarizing figure after he was accused of icing investigations into the origin of the virus and providing inconsistent testimony regarding gain-of-function research.

Earlier this year, in an interview with New York Times Magazine, Fauci claimed he was not responsible for the economic lockdowns and school closures.

Fauci told Georgetown University that after stepping down from his position at the NIH in December, “People would always ask, ‘You’ve been doing this for a half a century. You’ve been director for 38 years. Do you want to continue to do experiments in the lab or run clinical trials?’ And I said, ‘No.’”

“I ask myself, now, at this stage in my life, what do I have to offer to society?” Fauci continued. “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.”

Fauci called the move a “natural extension of my scientific, clinical and public health career.” He said that he chose Georgetown University because he wanted to stay in Washington, D.C., be a part of a community, and remain involved in both medicine and public policy.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia stated, “We are deeply honored to welcome Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a dedicated public servant, humanitarian and visionary global health leader, to Georgetown.”

“Dr. Fauci has embodied the Jesuit value of being in service to others throughout his career, and we are grateful to have his expertise, strong leadership and commitment to guiding the next generation of leaders to meet the pressing issues of our time,” DeGioia added.

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