Patricia (Pat) V. Smith
Pat Smith, Monmouth University graduate, lives in New Jersey. She is the president of the national Lyme Disease Association (LDA), a 501 (c)(3)non-profit group dedicated to Lyme disease education, prevention, research funding, and patient support. She is Vice President for Political Affairs of ILADS, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, a professional medical and research organization. Ms. Smith, former chair of the (NJ) Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Council, is a former 12-year member of the Wall Township Board of Education where she earned state board member-certified status and was past president.
She has been an active advocate for Lyme and education issues for many years, and has testified/lobbied/educated at all governmental levels.
Under her leadership, the LDA has provided nationwide grants for LD research, a number of which have resulted in published peer-reviewed research articles. Ms. Smith was responsible for the development of LDA’s LymeR Primer, The ABC’S of Lyme Disease pamphlets, and Tickmarks (bookmarks). She has worked on the development and passage of State and federal bills for Lyme research, prevention, and physician education.
Ms. Smith has appeared on a number of television programs in many states including Fox TV’s Good Day, New York and has been quoted in publications including Newsweek, Washington Post, USA Today, and People magazine. Her article on avoiding Lyme disease, entitled “Lyme Disease: A Tick Away,” was published in 2000 in Great Outdoors magazine. She is a member of the ILADS working committee that authored and published “Evidenced-based Guidelines for the Management of Lyme Disease” in the peer-reviewed journal, Expert Review of Anti- infective Therapy, 2004.
Ms. Smith has led the effort for the LDA, collaborating with Time for Lyme, its affiliate, in partnering with Columbia University to open the first of its kind endowed research center for chronic Lyme disease at Columbia. Additionally, she has worked with New York Times best-selling author Amy Tan to create LymeAid 4 Kids, a fund through LDA to help children whose families have no insurance coverage for Lyme disease to be evaluated for Lyme disease.