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Pioneer in Lyme Award

Photo of Bernard D. Raxlen, MD
2019 Awardee: Bernard D. Raxlen, MD

Every year ILADEF honors a member of ILADS who has helped to pave the way for future generations of Lyme doctors.

This year's Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner will be held on the evening of Friday November 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Boston Copley Place. It will honor the lifetime achievement of Bernard D. Raxlen, MD, a founding member and past Board member of ILADS. Dr. Raxlen is well known in the medical community for his intellectual vigor and warm sense of humor. This celebratory evening will feature time for you to unwind with ILADS VIPs. Dinner and light entertainment are included. ILADEF, the research arm of ILADS, is sponsoring the event and will be the beneficiary of funds raised that evening. ILADEF sponsors the Physician Training Program, which has helped train hundreds of Lyme experts.

Tickets are $350 a person. All but the dinner portion is a tax deductible contribution to ILADEF. Receipts will be sent after the event.

Register Now for the Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner.

Watch videos below commemorating the occasion of past Pioneer Lyme Award winners.

2018 Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

2017 Robert C. Bransfield, MD

2014 Charles Ray Jones, MD

Past Awardees


Kenneth B. Liegner, MD photo

Kenneth B. Liegner, MD


Robert Bransfield, MD

Robert C. Bransfield, MD


Joseph Burrascano

Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., MD


Alan MacDonald, MD

Alan B. MacDonald, MD


Charles Ray Jones, MD

Charles Ray Jones, MD


Nick Harris, PhD

Nick S. Harris, PhD