Dr. Deborah Birx is an American physician and medical researcher. As of 2020, she is one of the leading members of the White House coronavirus task force, alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Personal & Education Background :
- Deborah Leah Birx was born on April 4, 1956, in Pennsylvania, to parents Donald Birx (father), an electrical engineer and mathematician, and Adele Sparks Birx (mother), a nursing instructor.
- Deborah grew up in Pennsylvania and went to the Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, followed by the Carlisle High School in Carlisle. She finished high school at the age of sixteen.
- She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Houghton College in 1976.
- After graduating from Houghton, Deborah attended Pennsylvania State University’s Hershey Medical School. She graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1980.
Family Life :
- Deborah is married to Paige Reffe, who used to work in the Clinton administration. The two were wed in 1976. She has two daughters with him, Danielle and Devynn.
- Currently, she resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, her parents, one of her daughters, her son-in-law, and two grandchildren. She also spends time in a house in Washington, DC, when she is working.
Career, Income, Salary & Net Worth :
- Deborah joined the US Army in 1980 as an active duty reserve officer, where she spent nine years at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre. She initially had an internship in Categorical Medicine, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine. She then had fellowships in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Diagnostic and Clinical Immunology. Following that, she was the assistant chief in Allergy and Immunology Service.
- From 1986 to 1989, Dr. Birx was an investigator in Cellular Immunology at the National Institutes of Health. Her research at the National Institutes of Health made her passionate about researching treatment for HIV/AIDS.
- From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Birx was the assistant chief of the ‘Department of Retroviral Research’ at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and was then named the chief of the department from 1994 to 1995.
- In 1994, Deborah achieved the colonel rank in the Army.
- From 1995 to 1996, she was the laboratory director on the HIV-1 Vaccine Development team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
- Deborah was then named the director of the US Military HIV Research Programme.
- From 2005 to 2015, she also worked for the CDC as the director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS.
- Since April 2014, she has been an Ambassador-at-large and the US Global AIDS Coordinator.
- In early 2020, Dr. Birx joined the White House Coronavirus Task Force, helping the country tackle one of the biggest pandemics of the century. She was a regular at the coronavirus briefings, alongside President Trump.
Trivia, Height & Interesting Facts :
- Deborah first met Dr. Anthony Fauci when she was doing her fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. They have been frequent collaborators since.
- She hosts a 24-hour Christmas buffet every year, starting on Christmas Eve. She also usually hosts Christmas parties at her Washington home.
- Dr. Birx is good friends with her deputy, Angeli Achrekar.
- She describes herself as nonpartisan.
Deborah Birx Measurements :
- Eye Color : Brown
- Deborah Birx Hair Color : Blonde
- Height : No confirmed information is available.
- Deborah Birx Feet / Legs / Shoe Size : 8.
- Pregnant ? : Currently, she is not expecting a baby.
- Weight Loss : A few Google queries regarding this, but we couldn’t find anything conclusive on any of her social media.
- Married ? : Yes
- Children / No of Kids : 2
- Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race : White
- Nationality : American