Jan. 18, 2022 -- Fed up with personal attacks on the nation's top infectious disease expert, scores of leading scientists and doctors have signed an open letter defending Anthony Fauci, MD, for his years of service to the public and his leadership on the pandemic.

"We deplore the personal attacks on Dr. Fauci. The criticism is inaccurate, unscientific, ill-founded in the facts and, increasingly, motivated by partisan politics," reads the letter of support, started by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, and signed by almost 300 scientists, public health and medical professionals, including Nobel laureates, a former Republican senator, and leadership of medical societies and institutions.

Fauci has led the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and serves as President Joe Biden's top medical advisor.

"Dr. Anthony Fauci has served the USA with wisdom and integrity for nearly 40 years. Through HIV, Ebola, and now COVID, he has unswervingly served the United States, guiding the country to very successful outcomes. He has our unreserved respect and trust as a scientist and a national leader," the letter reads.

Fauci has repeatedly faced from congressional Republicans, especially Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Roger Marshall (R-KS).

At a particularly contentious congressional hearing last week on the federal government's response to Omicron, Fauci fought back, telling Marshall, "You're so misinformed, it's extraordinary."

Fauci, who has received death threats and seen his family harassed, told Rand that his "completely untrue" statements and rhetoric "kindles the crazies out there."

‘We Are Grateful’

The personal attacks on Fauci are a "distraction from what should be the national focus — working together to finally overcome a pandemic that is killing about 500,000 people a year. We are grateful for Dr. Fauci's dedication and tireless efforts to help the country through this pandemic and other health crises," the letter reads.

"We are grateful that Dr. Fauci has consistently stated the science in a way that represents the facts as they emerge, without unwarranted speculation."