2020 News Conference: Panelist Bios

Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Federico M. Asch, MD
William Schaffner, MD (Moderator)
Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD


Anthony S. Fauci, MD

Anthony S. Fauci, MDAnthony S. Fauci, MD, is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as influenza (flu) and other respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika, and most recently COVID-19. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

Dr. Fauci has advised six US Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.

In a 2020 analysis of Google Scholar citations, Dr. Fauci ranked as the 41st most highly cited researcher of all time. According to the Web of Science, Dr. Fauci ranked 7th out of more than 1.8 million authors in the field of immunology by total citation count between 1980 and January 2020. Dr. Fauci also has delivered major lectures all over the world and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the NFID Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honor given to a civilian by the President of the United States). He has received 45 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States and abroad.


Federico M. Asch, MD

Federico M. Asch, MD, is director of the Echocardiography Core Lab at MedStar Health Research Institute and associate professor of medicine (Cardiology) at Georgetown University. Dr. Asch is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the Argentinean Society of Cardiology. He serves or has served on multiple Committees of the American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association, as well as the Institutional Review Board of MedStar Health Research Institute and Georgetown University.

Dr. Asch is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings and is board certified in cardiology. His areas of interest include valvular heart disease, myocardial viability, 3-D echocardiography, contrast echocardiography, and imaging in clinical trials.

Dr. Asch received his doctor of medicine from the Universidad de Buenos Aires Medical School and completed a cardiology fellowship at Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires in Argentina. He then completed an echocardiography fellowship, followed by a residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease through the Georgetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center/DC VA Medical Center program.


William Schaffner, MD (Moderator)

William Schaffner, MD, is medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Dr. Schaffner currently serves as NFID liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a past-president of NFID and is a member of numerous other professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and American Public Health Association.

Dr. Schaffner is active in the field of infectious disease research and has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews, and book chapters on infectious diseases. He currently serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He is a featured blog author for The Huffington Post and Infectious Disease News.

His work has focused on all aspects of infectious diseases including epidemiology, infection control, and immunization. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2017 National Vaccine Program Office UpShot Award for excellence in vaccine communication. In 2013, he received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from NFID for his longstanding service to the organization and the field of infectious diseases. In 2009, he received the James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions to preventive medicine. Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in pediatric and adult populations.


Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD

Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, is president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and is professor of pediatrics; chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases; and associate dean of inclusion and diversity at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. A native of Boston, she received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Simmons College in Boston and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine.

She served on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics before joining the faculty of the Morehouse School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics and associate dean for clinical students. She was associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA from 1990 to 1993. In September of 1993, Dr. Whitley-Williams joined the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as associate professor of clinical pediatrics. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Medical Association (NMA). She serves as the NMA liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is past chair of the US Medical Licensure Examination Management Committee as well as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Governance Review Task Force and Nominating Committee.  She participates in community outreach projects as an active member of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS in women and children as well as childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization.