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S37 Ep2

Dr. Tony Fauci

Premiere: 3/21/2023 | 00:02:18 |

Follow Dr. Anthony Fauci as he grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and his 50-year career as the nation’s leading public health advocate. American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci reveals a rarely seen side of the physician, husband and father as he confronts political backlash, a new administration and questions of the future.

Premiere: 3/21/2023 at 8pm
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About the Episode

New documentary follows Dr. Anthony Fauci over the course of two years, offering a behind-the-scenes look at his 50-year career in public health.

Dr. Anthony Fauci became a household name during the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The physician-scientist and immunologist has since served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President for seven different administrations in the U.S. In 2020, he found himself in the spotlight again as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the globe. Beginning with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and spanning two years, American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci captures America’s most prominent physician, as he reflects on the pandemics that have shaped his 50-year career. American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci premieres on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and the PBS App.

See Dr. Fauci at home, in his office and in the corridors of power, as he grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and his 50-year career as the nation’s leading public health advocate. American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci reveals a rarely seen side of the physician, husband and father as he confronts political backlash, a new administration and questions of the future. The film had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 10, as part of the film festival’s documentary competition. 

 Dr. Fauci’s prerogative to help others, including those who cannot afford medical treatment, is modeled upon his father’s compassionate service as a pharmacist in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He attended Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medicine), where he specialized in adult internal medicine, focusing mainly on infectious diseases and the immune system. Dr. Fauci graduated first in his class with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1966, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center), and joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a clinical associate in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Laboratory of Clinical Investigation in 1968. Dr. Fauci became the director of NIAID in 1984, and he has led the United States’ efforts against such viral diseases as HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola, COVID-19, and more. 


American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci is a production of Topspin Content and American Masters Pictures in association with Room 608, Inc. Directed by Mark Mannucci. Produced by Lia Dosik Carney, Eddie Barbini and Mark Mannucci. Laura Jespersen is Co-Producer. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters.

About American Masters
Now in its 37th season on PBS, American Masters illuminates the lives and creative journeys of our nation’s most enduring artistic giants—those who have left an indelible impression on our cultural landscape—through compelling, unvarnished stories. Setting the standard for documentary film profiles, the series has earned widespread critical acclaim: 28 Emmy Awards—including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special—two News & Documentary Emmys, 14 Peabodys, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards, an Oscar, and many other honors. To further explore the lives and works of more than 250 masters past and present, the American Masters website offers full episodes, film outtakes, filmmaker interviews, the podcast “American Masters: Creative Spark,” educational resources, digital original series and more. The series is a production of The WNET Group.

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Major funding for American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci is provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation, Seton J. Melvin, Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation.

Original series production funding for American Masters is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Rosalind P. Walter Foundation, Seton J. Melvin, Koo and Patricia Yuen, Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Marc Haas Foundation and public television viewers.


(dramatic music) - When you're going through history, you almost never know you're going through a historical period, until you're finished with it, and you say, 'Whoa'. This is my seventh administration.

37 years.

I've never been anywhere near a transition like this.

I'm gonna be doing twice the amount of work now, but because the Biden administration is calling me to do everything.

I mean, they don't approve anything unless I say yes.

I haven't had a single day off in literally over 14 months.

Professor Koppel.

- Your eminence.

How many interviews have you done over the past year?

- Hundreds.

- Yeah. - Hundreds.

You get out there in front of millions of people on TV and you say something, there are 25,000 people are looking for you to make one little slip.

It isn't only COVID-19, it's malaria, two Ebola outbreaks, Zika, tuberculosis, influenza, AIDS.

(shouting) My job is science, medicine, and public health.

I'm a scientist and a physician.

(dramatic music) I am honored to announce that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization.

This is dark. - Yeah.

(dramatic music) - This next chapter, it's scary, and jumping out is gonna be hard.

But once the parachute opens and you land, and you figure out what's next.

It could be really great.

- Let's hope the parachute opens.



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