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Dr Anthony S. Fauci was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland at a special online conferral ceremony held on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. Prof Mary Horgan, President of RCPI, hosted the ceremony which saw 1,600 people registering to watch the special event.
Speaking about his Honorary Fellowship, Dr Fauci said: “It’s a great honour and I feel very humbled by this extraordinary honour that you’re putting upon me.”
As part of the online conferral ceremony, Dr Fauci joined Prof Horgan in conversation where he shared his experiences, reflected on his career and achievements, and offered words of advice for the future leaders in medicine and science:
“The thing that we need to hold onto is our fundamental principles of integrity. We are scientists, we are physicians, we have a responsibility in some respects more than in any other field to make sure that data and evidence drive what we do, that we are consistent, that we never, ever compromise our integrity by not going with the science and the evidence.
“Just hang on to the truth no matter what the forces are that are pushing and pulling you in different directions.” added Dr Fauci.
An Honorary Fellowship is the highest award the RCPI can confer and is reserved for world leaders in medical science and those who have made an exceptional contribution to society. The RCPI is truly delighted to welcome Dr Fauci and recognise his outstanding contribution to medicine with an Honorary Fellowship.
Dr Fauci, who serves as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the USA, is a renowned public health authority who has gained acclaim for his steadying role within the White House’s COVID-19 Task Force and his leadership during one of the gravest health emergencies the world has ever faced. Dr Fauci’s extensive research portfolio includes research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19. Advising six presidents during his tenure, Dr Fauci was a principal architect of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. In all aspects of his storied career, Dr Fauci has wholeheartedly dedicated himself to furthering better health outcomes and preventing disease.
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