Patricia V. Smith, BA
Pat graduated with a BA in English from Monmouth University and is in her 18th year as LDA president.
She is a member of Columbia University's Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee, and a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) PESP Partnership to promote avoidance of tick exposure.
Former Chair of the (NJ) Governor's Lyme Disease Advisory Council, she served as President/12-year member of the Wall NJ Board of Education.
In 2011, she
Lyme Prevention Conference Session Chair with CDC
and also presented a Lyme session at the New Jersey Education Association's
A 30-year Lyme advocate, Pat
has raised funds for researchers nationally-research acknowledged in 35 scientific journals.
Besides speaking, publishing, TV/radio appearances, and organizing 15 CME accredited Lyme scientific conferences for doctors, she's testified for and helped secured passage of state and federal bills, including the passage in 2014 through the US House of Representatives of a bill to create a tick-borne diseases working group, for Lyme research and physician's right to treat.
In 2012, she
was an invited to testify on Lyme disease before the U.S.House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee in Washington, DC.
In 2013, she
testified before the Energy & Commerce Committee Health subcommittee on the Lyme bill, and she
was also invited to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
(CDC) in Ft. Collins, CO, to adddress the problems of Lyme disease nationwide with the Vector-Borne Diseases
Division which oversees work on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, her
second invitation to meet there with CDC
In 2002, Pat received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from RI Congressman James Langevin, and in 2007, Columbia gave her an award for her commitment to opening the Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center.