Growing Up in New York City
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.
Topic: Growing Up in New York
Anthony Fauci: Well I grew up in an inner city neighborhood called the Benson Hurst section of Brooklyn, which was a very embracing, warm, family-type neighborhood.
From the time I was born, and getting to know my friends and interacting in the community, there was always a feeling of people taking care of each other. So I think that was one of probably many factors that got me involved in what my ultimate career choice was, in medicine, and ultimately taking care of people.
But the atmosphere in which I grew up – not only from a family standpoint, but from the people that you contacted or came into contact with at any given time during the day – was one of a lot of warmth and positive interaction.
Recorded On: July 6, 2007
Anthony Fauci, on growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
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