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- Dr. Anthony Fauci is married to Christine Grady, who is bioethics chief at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. She isn’t the agency’s director.
Before Dr. Anthony Fauci stepped down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases last year, he and his wife, Christine Grady, both worked at the National Institutes of Health.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is one of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health. Grady works at the Clinical Center, which is dubbed "America’s Research Hospital."
But a recent social media post gave her a promotion.
"This is Christine Grady," reads the caption of an Instagram post sharing Grady’s photo. "She is the HEAD of NIH her responsibility is to hold everyone accountable for faults done in the medical field of the facility esp the NIH… HER HUSBAND IS DR. FAUCI."
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Dr. Lawrence Tabak is the director of the National Institutes of Health. He stepped into the role in December 2021. Nearly two dozen deputy directors and associate directors serve under him, but Grady is not among them.
Each institute and center also has its own director, but Grady isn’t one among those leaders, either.
Rather, she is the Clinical Center’s bioethics chief and heads the human subjects research section.
"As part of her official duties, Dr. Grady and her staff teach medical ethics and perform research into complex ethical issues related to medicine and clinical research," the National Institutes of Health told PolitiFact in a statement in 2021, when we fact-checked a claim that Grady "rubber stamps exceptions to normal drug and vaccine testing."
That was wrong, and so is the claim that she heads the agency. We rate this post False.
Instagram post, Jan. 24, 2023
PolitiFact, No, Fauci’s wife didn’t issue emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines, May 21, 2021
Statement from the National Institutes of Health, May 20, 2021
National Institutes of Health, Meet our doctors: Christine Grady, visited Jan. 25, 2023
National Institutes of Health, Directors of NIH Institutes and Centers, visited Jan. 25, 2023
National Institutes of Health, NIH Leadership, visited Jan. 25, 2023
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