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Notices and Updates

Subcommittees Notice

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) recommended the formulation of eight subcommittees (listed below) during their June 4, 2109, meeting. TBDWG members serve as subcommittee Co-Chairs. Each subcommittee will develop a report on their findings, including suggested recommendations, for the TBDWG to consider when preparing the 2020 Report to the HHS Secretary and Congress. Subcommittee reports will be posted on the TBDWG website when final.

Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Scott Commins, BS, MD, PhD
Public Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, University of North Carolina; Member, UNC Food Allergy Initiative, Thurston Research Center
(Co-Chair)
Angel M. Davey, PhD
Federal Program Manager, Tick-Borne Disease Research Program; Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs; U.S. Department of Defense
(Co-Chair)
Leigh Ann Soltysiak, MS
Public Owner, Principal, Silverleaf Consulting, LLC; Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship Thinking
Charles Apperson, PhD Public Professor Emeritus, Arthropod Vector Biology & Management; Department of Entomology; North Carolina State University
Beth Carrison Public Alpha-gal syndrome patient and advocate; Co-founder of Tick-Borne Conditions United
Shahid Karim, PhD Public Professor, Arthropod Vector Biology, Tick-borne Diseases; Functional Genomics & Biological Sciences; University of Southern Mississippi
Stephen M. Rich, PhD Public Professor of Microbiology; Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology; University of Massachusetts
Sarah Stuart Public Alpha-gal syndrome advocate and patient

Babesiosis and Tick-Borne Pathogens Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Ben Beard, PhD
Federal Deputy Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Associate Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases
(Co-Chair)
Eugene Shapiro, MD
Public Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Investigative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Co-Director of Education, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Deputy Director, Yale PhD Program in Investigative Medicine
Bryon Backenson, MS Public New York State Department of Health; Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Alan G. Barbour, MD Public Distinguished Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Medicine, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; University of California Irvine
Greg Ebel, PhD Public Department of Microbiology Immunology and Pathology; Colorado State University
Richard I. Horowitz, MD Public Medical Director, Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center
Anne Kjemtrup, DVM, MPVM, PhD Public California Department of Public Health; Division of Communicable Disease Control
Anna Schotthoefer, PhD Public Marshfield Clinic Research Institute; Integrated Research and Development Laboratory
Sam R. Telford III, MS, SD Public Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
Monica White Public President/Co-founder, Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association

Clinical Aspects of Lyme Disease Subcommittee

Member  Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Sam  Donta, MD
Public Professor of Medicine (retired); Consultant, Infectious Diseases
(Co-Chair)
Commander Rebecca Bunnell, MPAS, PA-C
Federal Senior Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Innovation Center; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
John Aucott, MD Public
Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;
Director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
Rex G. Carr, MD, FAAPMR Public Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, NH
Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH Public Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Director, Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center; Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Katherine Murray Leisure, MD Public Infectious Diseases Specialist, MA
Elizabeth Maloney, MD Public President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education
James K. Mingle Public President and CEO, MyCareTeam

Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
David Walker, MD
Public Professor, Department of Pathology, The Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguised University Chair in Tropical Diseases; Executive Director, UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
(Co-Chair)
Dennis Dixon, PhD
Federal Chief, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
John Branda, MD Public Clinical Microbiology and Pathology Speicialist; Associate Director, Microbiology Laboratories;  Massachusetts General Hospital
Stephen Clark, PhD Public Retired Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
J. Stephen Dumler, MD Federal Professor and Chair, Joint Department of Pathology; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Joint Pathology Center
Harold Horowitz, MD Public Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Weill Cornell Medical College
Bobbi Pritt, MD Public Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, Clinical Parasitology; Co-Director, Vector-borne Diseases Laboratory Services; Mayo Clinic
Daniel Sexton, MD Public Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist; Duke University School of Medicine
Gregory A. Storch, MD Public Ruth L. Siteman Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Pediatric Laboratory Medicine; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Pathogenesis and Physiology of Lyme Disease Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Sam  Donta, MD
Public Professor of Medicine (retired); Consultant, Infectious Diseases
(Co-Chair)
Leith Jason States, MD, MPH (FMF)
Federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Wendy Adams, MBA Public Research Grant Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation
Troy Bankhead, PhD Public Associate Professor School of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University
Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD Public Professor, Center for Comparative Medicine and Deptartment of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; University of California, Davis
Monica E. Embers, PhD  Public Director of Vector-borne Disease Research, Division of Immunology; Tulane National Primate Research Center
Robert Lochhead, PhD Public Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Medical College of Wisconsin
Brian Stevenson, PhD Public Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Rickettsiosis Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
David Walker, MD
Public Professor, Department of Pathology, The Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguised University Chair in Tropical Diseases; Executive Director, UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
(Co-Chair)
Captain Estella Jones, DVM
Federal Deputy Director, Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats; Food and Drug Administration
Lucas Blanton, MD Public Assisant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Karen Bloch, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP Public Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) and Preventative Medicine; Associate Professor, Health Policy; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Lieutenant Christina M. Farris, PhD Federal Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department, Naval Medical Research Center, MD
Vance Fowler, MD Public Infectious Disease Specialist; Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine
David N. Gaines, PhD Public State Public Health Entomologist, Virginia Department of Health
Tony Galbo Public Patient advocate
Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTM Federal Medical Officer, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hayley Yaglom, MS, MPH Public One Health Genomics Epidemiologist; Translational Genomics Research Institute

Tick Biology, Ecology, and Control Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Adalberto (Beto) Pérez de León, DVM, PhD, MS
Federal Director, Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory; Agricultural Research Service; United States Department of Agriculture
(Co-Chair)
Kevin R. Macaluso, PhD, MS
Public Locke Distinguished Chair; Chair of Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine; University of South Alabama
Trey Cahill, MUrP Public Public Health Analyst, Location Intelligence (GIS); Manager, Arbovirus Surveillance Program; Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, D.C. Department of Health
Neeta Pardanani Connally, PhD, MSPH Public Associate Professor and Director, Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory; Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences; Western Connecticut State University
Lars Eisen, PhD Federal Research Entomologist, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Howard Ginsberg, PhD Federal Research Ecologist and Field Station Leader, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, Rhode Island Field Station; Professor in Residence,  University of Rhode Island
Lonnie Marcum, PT, BSHCA Public Physical Therapist, and Health and Science Writer for LymeDisease.org
R. Michael Roe, PhD Public William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; North Carolina State University
Robert (Bob) Sabatino Public Founder and Executive Director, Lyme Society, Inc.
Daniel Sonenshine, PhD Public Guest Researcher, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Eminent Professor of Biological Science, Old Dominion University
Kirby C. Stafford III, PhD Public Chief Entomologist/State Entomologist, Department of Entomology; Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station; NE Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases
Pete D. Teel, PhD Public Regents Professor and Interim Department Head, Department of Entomology; Texas A&M University
Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD Public Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Columbia University
Stephen Wikel, PhD Public Professor and Chair Emeritus of Medical Sciences; St. Vincent's Medical Center; Quinnipiac University

Training, Education, Access to Care, and Reimbursement Subcommittee

Member Member Type Expertise
(Co-Chair)
Patricia V. Smith
Public President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
(Co-Chair)
Commander Rebecca Bunnell, MPAS, PA-C
Federal Senior Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Innovation Center; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Megan Dulaney, MS Public Patient Representative, Senior Interagency Liaison & Policy Advisor; Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in support of DoD Health Affairs and Center for Global Health Engagement; Uniformed Services University
Doug Fearn Public President, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc
Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA Public Health Care Policy Expert; CEO, LymeDisease.org
Elizabeth Maloney, MD Public President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education
Sheila M. Statlender, PhD Public Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

 

Press Releases

  • Press Release: Announcement of new members appointed to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Published on June 3, 2019.

  • Press Release: Announcement of the issuance of the first Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Report to Congress. Published on November 14, 2018.

  • Press Release: Announcement of new members and first meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Published on November 22, 2017.

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Content last reviewed on May 28, 2019