We are extremely honoured to announce Dr Richard Horowitz, MD has agreed to become our Patron at the Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA).
Dr Richard Horowitz is a board-certified internist and the medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Centre, an integrative medical centre, which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 13,000 Chronic Lyme disease patients in the last 30 years, with patients coming from all over the US, Canada, and Europe to his clinic. He is former Assistant Director of Medicine of Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is one of the founding members and past president elect of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He is also past president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the education of health care professionals on tick-borne diseases. He co-authored peer-reviewed Lyme guidelines and has trained over 100 healthcare providers in diagnosing and caring for patients with treatment-resistant tick-borne disorders. He was previously awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Turn the Corner Foundation for his treatment of Lyme disease, and has dedicated his life to helping those stricken with this devastating illness.
He is also the author of two best-selling books on Lyme disease, Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease (2013, NY Times Best Seller), and How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease (2017, national bestseller). These books incorporate recent scientific advances and explain in detail how healthcare providers can effectively diagnose and treat resistant illness.
Finally, he is a member of the World Health Organization’s Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity, which engages in work to help improve Lyme diagnostics and treatment, having served as a consultant to governmental agencies around the world, including those in China, Australia, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr Horowitz was recently appointed as a member of the HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group, which was formed by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. He is now working as both a member and co-chair of the ‘Other Tick-borne Diseases and Co-infections’ subcommittee to help our country improve the care of those suffering with tick-borne disorders.
Dr Horowitz also gave evidence at the November 2016 Australian Government Senate Inquiry into the Growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australian patients. Dr Horowitz said:
"This is a world-wide epidemic, and that’s not even accounting for the other Borrelia species, like Borrelia miyamotoi, the new relapsing fever spirochete, which is not found by the standard two-tier testing and which is rapidly spreading. Think about all the people who have Lyme-like syndromes that might be caused by other Borrelia species. We are in the middle of an epidemic of borreliosis. We need to take this very seriously because it can be passed from mother to child, and now tick-borne infections are in the blood supply. This is causing major disability for millions of people, and future generations will also be affected."
Dr Horowitz will provide high-level strategic counsel to the LDAA and we are proud to be associated with him.