Anthony Fauci is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is an immunologist who has made substantial contributions to research on AIDS and other immunodeficiencies. He has pioneered the field of human immunoregulation and developed effective therapies for formally fatal inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. In the field of AIDS research, he has helped contribute to an understanding of how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections.
He has also served as an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and has authored, coauthored or edited more than 1,100 scientific publications, including several textbooks. Dr. Fauci is a key advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues and public health protections against emerging infectious disease threats, such as pandemic influenza. He was educated at Cornell University Medical College and holds 32 honorary doctorate degrees.
Question: What is the legacy of George W. Bush?
Anthony Fauci: I think his [George W. Bush] legacy in health will be very, very positive when it comes to international, global health. I think the combination of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – the PEPFAR Program – and the President’s Malaria Initiative – the PMI – those two things alone, I think, from a health standpoint and from global recognition in the arena of health, will be, in my opinion, the most important, and lasting, and positive legacy of this administration.
Recorded On: July 6, 2007