Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed Monday that he would leave the federal government in December after over five decades of service.
Throughout his career, Fauci was the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the head of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation. He currently serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, he played a crucial role in the federal government’s response to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
“I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” Fauci said in a statement, calling his roles “the honor of a lifetime.”
Fauci said despite retiring from federal service, he plans to continue working. “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.”