Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced Monday that he will be stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) come December, after 50 years of service.
Dr. Fauci, 81, will also vacate his position as President Biden’s chief medical adviser.
Fauci wrote: “While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring,” the infectious disease expert said in a statement released by the National Institutes of Health. “After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field.”
Fauci has been head of NIAID since 1984, but only became a nationwide celebrity — and a source of controversy — with the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.