What is your question?
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 your question?
Anthony Fauci: We should ask ourselves continually, “Are we doing enough?”
I try to make that an exercise that I go through not infrequently to just step back a few yards every once in a while – every few months, every six months or so – and just analyze.
Am I doing enough? Am I doing everything I can be doing? And if not, what should I be doing? Am I doing things that are not relevant? And can I knock them off and replace them with things that are important?
I think if you continually put your own feet to the fire, you can incrementally do better and better. I don’t think that you can just make a quantum leap in your accomplishments or your contributions; but don’t settle on your laurels. Just keep thinking, “What is it that I can do more and more, and better and better?” And just the exercise itself, even if nothing comes out of it, will at least keep you on your toes.
Recorded On: July 6, 2007
"Are you doing enough?" Fauci asks.
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