- The Barbara Townsend Cromwell Professor in Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Illness
- Director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center
- Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Website: Recent Publications by Dr. Aucott
Dr. Aucott received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at University Hospitals of Cleveland and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with board certification in Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Aucott has been involved in care of patients and research in Lyme disease since joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1996. He assumed the position of Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center in April 2015 and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. In 2023, he became the inaugural recipient of the Barbara Townsend Cromwell Professor in Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Illness. Endowed professorships are the highest honor Johns Hopkins Medicine bestows upon a member of the faculty. Endowed professorships are recognized as conducting some of Johns Hopkins most significant research and attracting bright and dedicated students and investigators to the field.
Dr. Aucott’s research is focused on improved diagnostic testing and health related outcomes in Lyme disease. He is widely recognized an international expert in post-treatment Lyme disease. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the SLICE studies, examining the impact of Lyme disease on health outcomes and the human immune system. The well-characterized biorepository of blood samples from the SLICE studies are a nationally recognized resource that has formed the basis of numerous collaborations studying the microbiology and immune pathophysiology of Lyme disease. The SLICE biorepository has been instrumental in the development of several new candidate diagnostic tests for Lyme disease.
Under Dr. Aucott’ s leadership the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center has instituted a Physician CME Course and numerous education tools to help patients and physicians in the fight against the Lyme disease epidemic (hopkinslyme.org).
Dr. Aucott lectures widely on the accurate diagnosis of Lyme disease and the understanding of chronic illness associated with post treatment Lyme disease. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications on Lyme disease and has served on panels sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In 2017-2019, Dr. Aucott served as Chairman of the Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Working Group and for the next 4 years on the Working Group’s subcommittees. The Working Group sent reports to Congress in 2018, 2020, and 2022 conveying gaps in disease prevention, treatment, and research and recommendations for the federal response.