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The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Welcomes New Executive Director

Chevy Chase, MD, February 1, 2023 – The Board of Directors of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and its foundation, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF), announced today that Sarah Quillen, CFRE, will be serving as the new Executive Director. Quillen’s portfolio demonstrates decades of service and leadership nationally in the health and human services industry.

“After an extensive national search, we are thrilled to welcome Sarah to ILADS and ILADEF,” said ILADS President-Elect, Dr. Amy Offutt. “Sarah’s leadership in our Society – one with a long history impacting our community – will be vital to facilitate sustainable infrastructure and build key partnerships for success.”

An accomplished executive, Quillen brings to this role a 25+ year career working with non-profits in the interdisciplinary health and human services community in leadership, fundraising, community relations, and programs. Her experience includes 10 years with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, an association, advocacy organization, and foundation, and has extensive experience in relationship-building, organizational management, program execution, event planning, membership engagement and growth across all constituencies. She brings a track record of data-driven decision-making to achieve goals and maximize the human capital of an organization.

“I have a deep passion for the ILADS mission,” Quillen said. “A native New Yorker, my life and profession has brought me to North Carolina, Florida and now to the Washington, DC region. In every area, I have witnessed the havoc that tick-borne diseases have on our community, including within my own family.”

Quillen will devote her first months to developing a deeper understanding of the mission and reaching out and listening to the organization’s base of members, staff, donors and partners.

Chevy Chase, MD, July 28, 2022 –The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) has teamed up with the jazz ensemble “As Is” to produce a summertime public service announcement. The PSA reminds people to check themselves for ticks after outdoor activities; and, if bitten by a tick, use the ILADS provider search to find a physician that is trained in diagnosing and treating Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The PSA will air on radio programs in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.

Listen to the PSA below

ILADS Mourns the Passing of Charles Ray Jones, MD 

ILADS is saddened to report the passing of pediatric Lyme specialist and long-time ILADS member, Dr. Charles Ray Jones. Dr. Jones was a legend in the Lyme community for his dedication to treating children with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. He endured harassment from the medical establishment and cared for chronically ill children at a time when many physicians were not willing to acknowledge the true cause of their pain and suffering. His willingness to listen to patients and support families through the healing process made him a legend and a hero to the Lyme community.

In 2014, Dr. Jones was honored with the ILADEF Pioneer in Lyme award for recognition of his work with pediatric Lyme patients. He shared his knowledge at countless ILADS conferences and trained scores of physicians through the ILADEF Physician Training Program. We are grateful for all he did for his patients and the ILADS community.

If you are interested in supporting ILADS and the ILADEF Physician Training Program, please consider a donation to the ILADEF Charles Ray Jones, MD memorial fund.

ILADS Campaign Highlights Importance of Doctor-Patient Relationship in Treating Chronic Diseases 

Bethesda, MD, December 9, 2021 – The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) is running a powerful public awareness campaign to highlight the importance of doctor-patient relationships in the treatment of Lyme and other chronic diseases. The campaign debuted this week on a jumbotron in New York City’s Times Square.

The jumbotron video highlights the challenges doctors face from bureaucratic institutions when trying to treat patients. The video sends viewers to the ILADS.ORG website for more information. (Click to view video).

ILADS supports a doctor’s freedom to treat and a patient’s right to choose the best treatment options available, without bureaucratic interference. A doctor’s primary duty is to put the patient first. Outside interference restricts a physician’s ability to provide optimum care.

“We want to restore real healthcare for our patients and allow doctors to prescribe the best possible treatments without interference from insurance companies and other bureaucracies,” said Dr. Steven J. Bock, president of the ILADS Board of Directors.

The jumbotron is anything but invisible. The giant video screen is 29 feet tall and 56 feet across and is strategically positioned at 1500 Broadway on the corner of 44th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City. The spot will run 5 times per hour for 36 days. It is estimated that 1.6 million people pass through Times Square each day. The spot will remain in place during the December holidays and New Year’s Eve celebration for bonus exposure.

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