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Chief Medical Advisor to the President

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Chief Medical Advisor to the President
since January 1, 2023
Executive Office of the President
Reports toThe president
AppointerThe president
Term lengthThe pleasure of the president
Inaugural holderRonny Jackson
FormationFebruary 2, 2019
WebsiteExecutive Office of the President

The chief medical advisor to the president is a position within the White House Office, which is part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Established in 2019, the position has been vacant since December 31, 2022, when Anthony Fauci stepped down.


The position was established in 2019 by the Trump administration. On February 2, 2019, former physician to the president Ronny Jackson was selected to serve as chief medical advisor and assistant to President Donald Trump.[1] Jackson's job included advising Trump on public health policy.[2] Jackson left at the end of 2019, and the Trump administration did not name a successor.

On December 4, 2020, the transition team of the incoming Biden administration announced that Anthony Fauci, then the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, would serve in the role.[3][4][5][6][7] Fauci stepped into the job on January 21, 2021, the day after Biden took office. Fauci advised on public health policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] On August 22, 2022, Fauci announced that he would step down from his position in December.[9] He stepped down on December 31 of that same year.[10]

Chief medical advisors[edit]

No. Officeholder Portrait Term start Term end President
1 Ronny Jackson February 2, 2019 December 1, 2019 Donald Trump
December 1, 2019 – January 20, 2021 (1 year, 50 days)
2 Anthony Fauci January 20, 2021 December 31, 2022 Joe Biden
December 31, 2022 – present (1 year, 195 days)


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  2. ^ "Trump promotes Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician once embroiled in controversy". ABC News. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Walsh, Joe. "Biden Asks Fauci To Serve As 'Chief Medical Advisor' During Covid Crisis". Forbes. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Biden Taps Murthy To Be Surgeon General, Fauci As Chief Medical Adviser". Kaiser Health News. December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Choi, Matthew. "Biden asks Fauci to stay on Covid team, become chief medical adviser". Politico. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Guzman, Joseph (December 4, 2020). "Biden asks Fauci to be chief medical advisor in new administration". The Hill. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Baltimore, Kenya Evelynin (December 4, 2020). "Fauci accepts offer of chief medical adviser role in Biden administration". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "President-elect Joe Biden Announces Key Members of Health Team". Insider NJ. December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Kopecki, Dawn (August 22, 2022). "White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci to step down in December after more than 50 years of public service". CNBC. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  10. ^ "'I had to fulfil my responsibility': Fauci on his career, Covid and stepping down". The Guardian. December 25, 2022. Retrieved January 8, 2023.