Press release

Monday, August 22, 2022

I am announcing today that I will be stepping down as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of NIAID’s Immunoregulatory Laboratory, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will leave these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges. I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with – and learned from countless talented and dedicated people in my own lab, at NIAID, NIH and beyond. I express my deep respect and gratitude to them.

Over the past 38 years as Director of NIAID, I have had the immense privilege of serving and advising seven Presidents of the United States, beginning with President Ronald Reagan, on emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats. , including HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, various bird flu threats, Ebola and Zika, among others, and, of course, most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. I am especially proud to have served as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser from the very first day of his administration.

Although I am leaving my current positions, I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I intend to pursue the next stage of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as director of NIAID to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face the future infectious disease threats.

Over the next few months, I will continue to put all my effort, passion and commitment into my current responsibilities, as well as helping to prepare the Institute for a leadership transition. The NIH is served by some of the most talented scientists in the world, and I am confident that I am leaving this work in very capable hands.

Through the power of science and investment in research and innovation, the world has been able to fight deadly diseases and help save lives around the world. I am proud to have been part of this important work and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.

NIAID conducts and supports research—at the NIH, in the United States, and around the world—to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases and to develop better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat these diseases. Press releases, backgrounders, and other NIAID-related materials are available at NIAID website.

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