Medical Symposium: What Physicians Need to Know
Tick-Borne Diseases

Presented by the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Thursday, May 19, 2022
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Stony Brook University Southampton Campus
Avram Theater
39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY


This symposium offers participants a comprehensive overview and understanding of the areas that are critical to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne disease. Participants will learn what goes into generating evidence-based data to inform clinical decisions.

The target audience consists of physicians, medical residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, laboratory technicians and all other interested medical professionals. This symposium is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the interrelatedness of ticks and tick-borne pathogens from the discovery of Borrelia burgdorferi in the 1970s to the increases in babesiosis and anaplasmosis, and the invasion of the lone star tick which carries the agent of ehrlichiosis.
  • Learn about the presentation of tick-borne illnesses in the Emergency Department, and evidence-based recommendations for accurate diagnosis, testing and treatment.
  • Understand the epidemiology of babesiosis in Suffolk County, the clinical presentations, the interpretation of laboratory diagnostic tests, and the presence of this parasite in vector ticks as contributors to polymicrobial infections.
  • Understand the history of the development of laboratory tests for tick-borne diseases and how tests are evolving to improve laboratory diagnosis.
  • Learn the history and what is known about STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness), how to recognize the clinical features, and why it is important to understand this illness.
  • Learn about the delayed symptoms induced by a novel food allergy to mammalian meat caused by the lone star tick, and an understanding of the diagnostic processes and limitations to Alpha-gal IgE testing.
  • Learn about the development of TBVs (B. burgdorferi transmission-blocking vaccines) and how this approach to immunizing vertebrate hosts produces antibodies that kill B. burgdorferi within feeding ticks.


8:15 – 9 am Registration and Breakfast
9 – 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Statements
Robert S. Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital 
Frederic I. Weinbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
9:30 – 10:15 am Diagnosis and Management in the Emergency Department
Max Minnerop, MD, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Emergency Department
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:15 am Babesiosis
Jorge L. Benach, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stony Brook University
11:15 – 11:45 am Powassan Virus Disease
Sam R. Telford, III, SD, Professor, Vector-Borne Infections, Public Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
11:45 am – 12:30 pm STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness)
Adriana Marques, MD, Chief, Lyme Disease Studies Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, NIAID National Institutes of Health
12:30 – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 1:45 pm Midnight Anaphylaxis: Alpha-gal Meat Allergy after a Lone Star Tick Bite
Erin E. McGintee, MD, ENT and Allergy Associates, Southampton, NY
1:45 – 2:30 pm Transmission Blocking Vaccines for Tick-Borne Disease
Maria Gomes-Solecki, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, University of Tennessee
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Laboratory Diagnosis of Lyme Disease and Babesiosis, Past, Present and Future
Raymond J. Dattwyler, MD, Professor of Microbiology/Immunology and Medicine School of Medicine, New York Medical College
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Open Discussion 
Discussion Facilitators: 
Erol Fikrig, MD, Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine
Patricia K. Coyle, MD, Professor of Neurology, Stony Brook Medicine
Scott R. Campbell, PhD, Chief, Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory, Suffolk County (NY) Department of Health Services
Steven E. Schutzer, MD, Professor of Medicine, Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, Rutgers-NJ Medical School

Tel: (631) 726-0452

This Medical Symposium is made possible by a generous grant from The Island Outreach Foundation. 
For accessibility-related accommodations, please call (631) 444-4000. Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.


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