Today during the 50th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), president Victor J. Dzau presented the Academy’s first-ever Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership to Anthony S. Fauci, NAM member and director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

“In recognition of extraordinary service and outstanding contributions to biomedical science, health care, and public health in the United States, in particular: Pioneering advances in the field of human immunoregulation and lifesaving therapies for rare immune disorders; Seminal research and groundbreaking leadership in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, impacting countless lives now and in the future; Enduring, visionary guidance to the field of biomedical research globally and nationally; Unprecedented public service as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades; Distinguished service as a trusted advisor to six U.S. presidents during public health crises including HIV/AIDS, SARS, anthrax, influenza, and Ebola; and Firm and steady leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering an unwavering, trusted voice to the nation and world on behalf of science-based policy and public health.”

Fauci is also the 2020 recipient of the NAM Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care in recognition of his role as a leader of federal research and policy on infectious diseases and, in particular, for his deft, scientifically grounded leadership in shaping an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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