About ALDF

The information on Lyme disease presented on this web site has been reviewed and approved by one or more members of our Board of Directors or Scientific Advisory Board.

Mission Statement

The American Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF) is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease which, in the U.S., has been defined historically as a tick-borne bacterial infection caused by the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto.

The Foundation plays a key role in providing reliable and scientifically accurate information to the public, medical community and government agencies about Lyme disease and its effects on human health and quality of life.

This is accomplished by means of its regularly updated website ( www.aldf.com ) , as well as through the distribution of educational materials provided at a nominal price.

The Foundation is not a patient support organization. Consequently, it does not give medical advice, recommend specific physicians, or provide information on various medical or financial services related to the treatment/management of Lyme disease.

Although the Foundation gratefully accepts unsolicited donations, it does not participate in fund-raising activities.

All Officers, members of the Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisors serve on a voluntary basis, without financial compensation. All unsolicited donations received are used to support the Foundation’s website and educational activities. Please refer to the section on Donations for additional information.

Executive Director

Phillip J. Baker, Ph.D.,

Executive Director,

P.O. Box 466, Lyme, CT 06371


Board of Directors


  • Maria Aguero-Rosenfeld. M.D.
    Assoc. Director of Clinical Laboratories and
    Director of Microbiology
    NYU Langone Medical Center
    Director of NYU Cancer Center Laboratories
    New York, NY 10016
  • Paul G. Auwaerter, M.D., M.B.A.
    Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Professor of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Alan G. Barbour, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    University of California Irvine School of Medicine
    Irvine, CA 92697
  • Durland Fish, Ph.D.
    Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Peter J. Krause, M.D.
    Senior Research Scientist
    Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine
  • Red Pfohl
    Business Development
    Jordan River Advisors
    New York, NY
  • Robert A. Proctor III
    Managing Director
    Oak Hill Consultants, LLC
    200 Nottingham Road
    Richmond, VA 23221
  • Eugene D. Shapiro, M.D.
    Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Gary P. Wormser, M.D.
    Chief of Infectious Disease
    New York Medical College
  • Emeritus
    Susan O’Connell, M.D.

National Scientific Advisors

  • Alan G. Barbour, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Maria Diuk-Wasser, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
    Columbia University
  • Durland Fish, Ph.D.
    Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Linden Hu, M.D.
    Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology
    Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Adriana Marques, M.D.
    Head, Clinical Studies Unit
    Laboratory of Clinical Investigations & Diseases
    National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
  • Scott Samuels, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology
    Division of Biological Sciences
    University of Montana


  • Robert T. Schoen, M.D.
    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Daniel E. Sonenshine,Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology
    Department of Biological Sciences
    College of Sciences
    Old Dominion University
  • Leonard Sigal, M.D.
    Chief of Rheumatology and Connective
    Tissue Research
    Director of the Lyme Disease Center
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Allen Steere, M.D.
    Director of Rheumatology
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jean Tsao, Ph.D.
    Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
    Michigan State University

How to Contact the ALDF

Board members and Scientific Advisors of the American Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF) are unpaid volunteers, as well as nationally and internationally known leaders in the field of research on Lyme disease. Because they hold tenured positions at various academic and medical institutions, it is not practicable to have a centrally located headquarters building per se; such a facility would not be occupied most of time since all would be very busy doing outstanding work related to Lyme disease at institutions with which we are affiliated . Consequently, our official mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Lyme, CT 06371. It is used mainly to accept mailed unsolicited donations to the ALDF as well as for tax purposes.

Our Mission Statement notes that we are not a patient support group and that we do not give medical advice. Rather, we are dedicated solely to the dissemination of accurate and reliable information about the transmission, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease to the public, free of charge. This is accomplished mainly by means of our website (www.aldf.com) and by e-mail, the preferred means of communication. We rely only on unsolicited donations to support the work we do, and neithersponsor nor participate in fund-raising activities of any kind.

E-mail addresses pertinent to specific issues or concerns are as follows:

– Questions about Lyme disease: questions@aldf.com
– Questions about making donations: donations@aldf.com
– Inquiries from the media: media@aldf.com
– All other questions/issues related to Lyme disease or the ALDF: executivedir@aldf.com

Be assured that we will respond in a timely manner.