With a commitment to keeping public officials and public statements factual about COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is nearly inescapable on television sets and digital screens.

The Brooklyn native interestingly enough has some links to the Capital Region that go back nearly twenty years.

Albany Medical Center Prize (2002)

Fauci was awarded the Albany Medical Center Prize in 2002 for his research in AIDS and other diseases of the immune system, for his overall contributions to the advancement of science and for his distinguished public service.

Fauci was the second recipient of the prize.

The prize, in which $500,000 is awarded annually, is bestowed to any physician or scientist, or group, whose work has led to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care.

The prize, ranked as the fourth most lucrative in the world and the second in the U.S., was established by a $50 million gift commitment from the late Marty Silverman.

Siena College honorary degree (2011)

Fauci, alongside Create CEO Ralph Perez and educator Diane Ravitch, was awarded an honorary degree from Siena College in 2011.

Accepting the degree, Fauci remarked, “Everyone, not just those who make social justice their life’s work, must be invested in global change. And in today’s global society, supporting one another is more important than ever.”