April 3, 2024


April 3, 2024

Heena Patel, O’Neill Institute Director of Strategic Communications

Washington, D.C. — The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as our Distinguished Senior Scholar. Since 2023, Dr. Fauci has served as Distinguished University Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and McCourt School of Public Policy.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen to join the O’Neill Institute, which has done remarkable work in addressing the many challenges to global health, endeavoring to make the right to health and well-being a reality for many more people around the world,” said Dr. Fauci.

Dr. Fauci’s unwavering commitment to public health and service includes decades of leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serving seven presidents. He will join leading public health and health law scholars and health advocates from around the world at Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute. As a Distinguished Senior Scholar, Dr. Fauci joins the O’Neill Institute and Georgetown University community in advancing the right to health and providing a critical perspective on identifying and responding to urgent national and global public health concerns.

“It is an honor to have my dear friend, the incomparable Dr. Fauci, join the O’Neill Institute and collaborate closely with our colleagues across Georgetown University in this role,” said Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown University Distinguished University Professor and O’Neill Institute Faculty Director. “He is nothing short of a national treasure, having dedicated more than 50 years of his life to public service and numerous contributions in the field of infectious diseases.”

As a renowned leader in public health, Dr. Fauci has played consequential roles in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases. He previously served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversaw a portfolio dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases and immune-mediated diseases. During his 38 years of service as NIAID Director, Dr. Fauci served as a medical advisor to seven U.S. presidents and helped to lead the United States through the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other health emergencies.

“Dr. Fauci’s tireless commitment to advancing evidence-based approaches in public health has saved countless lives and improved health outcomes in the U.S. and around the world,” noted Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Georgetown University O’Neill Professor of Constitutional Law and Global Health Policy and O’Neill Institute Co-faculty Director. “His expertise will be critical in the O’Neill Institute’s work to champion more effective and efficient health policies and laws.”

Dr. Fauci has previously engaged with the O’Neill Institute through panel discussions on a range of health topics, including Zika and health challenges of the 21st century. He also introduced O’Neill Institute Faculty Director Lawrence Gostin during a Georgetown Law Journal Symposium, which celebrated Gostin’s lifetime achievements.

“We are delighted to welcome long-time supporter Dr. Fauci to the O’Neill Institute,” added Katie Gottschalk, executive director of the O’Neill Institute. “He has inspired so many students to pursue careers in health, and we look forward to his guidance in helping Georgetown University build capacity and leadership in health law.”