Alan MacDonald, Pathologist from Southampton Hospital

Dr. Alan MacDonald

Tick Boot Camp Podcast
Dr. Alan MacDonald was featured on the Tick Boot Camp Podcast twice to highlight his past and current work that’s drastically helping the chronic Lyme disease community:


Hospital Pathologist
Dr. MacDonald is a retired hospital pathologist, but his world is microscopic images and he is still working to help the Lyme community in retirement.

Advanced Diagnostics
He diagnoses diseases, like Lyme, daily based on the image profiles from surgically removed tissues, blood smears, and microbiology specimens. In his research, which he does at night and on the weekends as energy permits, he interprets images from diseased tissues.

Recent Research
Dr. Alan MacDonald has done extensive research on the connection between Lyme disease and a variety of other conditions, such as Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), hepatitis, Glioblastoma brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Lyme Spirochetes
Many of the images of “spirochetes” in textbooks demonstrate only the “perfect corkscrew” profile, leading a reader to “doubt” the legitimacy of cystic or granular forms, and the reject cell wall deficient “L-Forms”. Dr. MacDonald educates doctors and patients about the “forgotten” spirochetal forms which are really Borrelia and which exist in diseased tissue.

Work at Southampton Hospital
Dr. MacDonald worked in the Eastern Long Island area (Hamptons), where money and donors are abundant. Generous contributions to the Southampton Hospital Borrelia Research Program allowed Dr. MacDonald to be a pioneer in the Lyme community.