International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society
Leaders in Lyme Disease Education and Training
Joseph A. Annibali, MD
Friday, October 10th, 2014
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM: Plenary Session
The Role of Brain SPECT Imaging in the Diagnosing and Treating of Lyme Disease
Speaker Bio: Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. is Chief Psychiatrist at Amen Clinics, Reston, Virginia, which specializes in brain SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) imaging for neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Annibali has been board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Penn State. During medical school, Dr. Annibali conducted research on calcium channel blocker medications, presented this research nationally, and published several scientific papers on this work. While completing his residency in psychiatry, also at Penn State, Dr. Annibali was named a Rock Sleyster Scholar in Psychiatry by the American Medical Association and a John Frederick Steinman Fellow. During this time, Dr. Annibali published work on Tourette's syndrome.

Dr. Annibali is a trained psychoanalyst, having graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He has been on the faculty of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute as well as the Modern Perspectives in Psychotherapy Training Program, where he was recognized as teacher of the year. Dr. Annibali is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has partnered in research with the George Mason University Departments of Molecular Neuroscience and Microbiology.

In recent years, Dr. Annibali has evaluated and treated many patients with tick-borne infections. He finds brain SPECT imaging useful in raising the index of suspicion about the possible presence of such infections. In addition, brain SPECT imaging facilitates the use of targeted interventions, guided by SPECT findings, to improve brain function in these patients. Dr. Annibali's personal experience with his own daughter's chronic Lyme illness has shown him the value of brain SPECT imaging in accepting, understanding, and managing the various neuropsychiatric issues that arise in connection with tick-borne infections.