Thanks, Dr. Fauci!

Perhaps the most famous NIH staffer right now is Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and one of the leading voices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Prepared by more than 50 years of government service and research on infectious diseases, Dr. Fauci is a public servant who brings reason, expertise, and a keen sense of how to mobilize the public health sector to act against this unprecedented threat to public health.

Like many others around the country and the world, my family and I think of Dr. Fauci as “our doctor.” He speaks to us, giving a personal response to ensure the public’s health. He understands the challenges of having family at a distance during times when travel and family gatherings are discouraged to reduce the spread of infection. He shares the joys of those reunions—full of hugs from family and friends—so long missed. It’s amazing to me that Dr. Fauci has been able to convey such warmth and concern to the world and be the deliverer of trusted knowledge in such a personal manner. More than once, conversation at a family dinner or on a family phone call has included the question, “But what does Dr. Fauci think about . . .?” followed by heartfelt wishes of gratitude from my mother and siblings!

I am privileged to be part of the NIH leadership team who meets weekly to advance the mission of the world’s largest research enterprise. While we address wide ranging issues from advancing biomedical science to NIH infrastructure and operations, discussions about NIH’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic still dominate. Like others, I find Tony a wise and experienced colleague, thoughtful in his contributions, and quick to bring a sometimes much-needed touch of humor into complicated conversations. I marvel at his stamina and the breadth of issues that engage his mind.

Tony Fauci has built a superb team of scientists, clinicians, and administrators within NIAID. The dedication and intellectual generosity evident in his contributions to our efforts are evident across NIAID – clearly an inspirational leader motivates and inspires!

So please join me in expressing gratitude to my colleague, Tony Fauci – a national treasure!

Author: Patti Brennan

Director, US National Library of Medicine

14 thoughts on “Thanks, Dr. Fauci!”

  1. As a science educator I understand the work you do and I applaud you for all your time, efforts and hard work. Thank you!

  2. His calm presence and authoritative demeanor has been much appreciated during these trying times. Last year he was the calm in a storm of crazy. Amazing how just seeing him on TV or hearing him talk was actually something that could soothe the anxiety my family and friends were all feeling.

    1. Maria—thank you for your kind words! We are grateful to Dr. Fauci for his hard work and leadership! —Patti

  3. I have thought Dr. Fauci was super-human ever since, on my way into Bldg. 31 with my young daughter to get my husband who worked for Fauci he said Hello Melissa, hello Lois. This after he had been introduced to me twice and her once with about a total of 2 minutes of interaction, at least a year before….How many people do you know with a memory like that? I’ve always figured this guy knows what he is talking about and trust what he says.

    1. Melissa–I have also observed Dr. Fauci’s use of first names in conversations and interviews – it indeed adds a personal touch! —Patti

  4. I couldn’t agree with you all more. Dr. Fauci has been a ROCK to stand by and with during this nightmare called Covid.

  5. The good doctor didn’t seem to mind telling people not to wear masks without explaining that certain masks were reserved for those working in a hospital setting. The truth is always better than a lie.

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