Joseph G. Jemsek, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Infectious Disease Specialist; Lyme Borreliosis and Tick-Borne infection; HIV/AIDS
Joseph G. Jemsek, MD is the namesake and founder of the Jemsek Specialty Clinic of Washington, D.C. After practicing medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina, for more than 20 years with the Nalle Clinic, Dr. Jemsek created a specialty infectious disease practice in 2000 with the goal of serving individuals with HIV/AIDS as he had done since 1983, in addition to pursuing the practice of general infectious disease.
Over the past decade, Dr. Jemsek has also cultivated clinical and research interest in Lyme Borreliosis, commonly referred to as Lyme Disease. Dr. Jemsek prefers the term Lyme Borreliosis Complex (LBC), which he feels better reflects an immune-compromising syndrome affecting multiple organ systems and caused by multiple coexisting infections. In spite of the political barriers that currently exist, he continues to create and evolve innovative approaches in the treatment of LBC and is in the process of collaborating with other researchers in the development of credentialed treatment protocols. The Jemsek Specialty Clinic's facility in Washington, D.C., is principally devoted to the care of patients with LBC; future goals include, with the benefit of collaboration with like-minded physicians, additional clinic locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US regions.
Dr. Jemsek's credentials in brief:
- Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois, Medical Center of Chicago
- Internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston
- Postgraduate fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center in Houston
Presentations and Lectures:
Numerous ... the most recent and most relevant are:
- 2008: Similarities and Paradoxes in Chronic Illness at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida
- 2006: Hope to Heal Lyme Conference, Washington DC
- 2005: 4th Annual UK Conference on Tick-Borne Diseasesï¿½.Keynote speaker, Sheffield, England
- 2004: ILADS Rye Town, NY
- 2004: Grand Rounds Presentation to the Duke University Infectious Disease Department in Durham, North Carolina
Dr. Jemsek's work in HIV/AIDS
In early 1983 Dr. Jemsek diagnosed the first case of HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County and quite likely in all of North Carolina, when he was requested to provide an infectious disease consultation on a young male dying with atypical pneumonia at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. Subsequently he personally provided care for more than 2,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS through early 2006 ... naturally almost all individuals with this disease passed away until life-prolonging changes in therapy became available in 1996. Dr. Jemsek's experience with the medical and social aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic profoundly impacted his view of medicine in current times.
In more than 20 years of work in the field of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Jemsek participated in myriad pharmaceutical-sponsored trials for HIV medications, including some of the earliest clinical trials on record. During that time, Dr. Jemsek never sought personal or professional accolades for his pioneering research and work. Indeed, even today, Dr. Jemsek finds it discouraging that some physicians continue to engage in petty quibbling about who diagnosed what cases of HIV/AIDS, when and where, as if credit mattered more than patient care. In his career, Dr. Jemsek has steadfastly remained more focused on positive medical outcomes than on personal recognition. To that end, he and his staff have participated in more than 100 clinical research studies for HIV/AIDS treatment, of which 22 became established protocols. In these and other academic pursuits in the area of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jemsek has generated more than 40 peer-reviewed publications.
Awards and Recognition:
For his work in the field of HIV/AIDS and his commitment to the citizens of North Carolina, Dr. Jemsek has been the recipient of two prestigious awards:
- 1998: Governor's Award - Certificate of Appreciation, presented by Governor James Hunt, North Carolina
- 2004: Governor's World AIDS Day - Volunteer Service Award
National Media Coverage:
- 1998: Interview on 60 Minutes
- 1999: interview on 20/20
- 2001: Interview on Good Morning America
- 2003: Founded The Jemsek Project which assists people with HIV/AIDS access support services to improve their health and quality of life and to prevent the spread of HIV. This organization remains viable due to the devotion of many, and has the proud distinction of having served hundreds of Metrolina area patients with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.