John J. Condemi, MD Wins Community Award on His 87th Birthday

A nationally-known and beloved Rochester allergist, Dr. John Condemi, received the first Condemi Award for Outstanding Community Engagement and Volunteer Service for his many years of enhancing medical treatments and research efforts. It was the perfect occasion to celebrate his 87th birthday, and his many accomplishments are listed in this article. Dr. Condemi spoke fondly of coming from a Sicilian immigrant family and he hoped that other immigrants will have the same opportunities he did. While leaving the building after the gala he was asked about the potential for peanut patches, etc. to help prevent allergic reactions in children. He replied, “We are getting very close.”

Brenda Tremblay (Left) and Dr. John Condemi
Brenda Tremblay (L) and John J. Condemi, MD.
Photo Credit – Kristen Zale

November 17th, 2018

John J. Condemi, MD was guest of honor at the Allergy Advocacy Association's Allergy Action Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 15th. The gala was held at the ARTISANworks exhibit and entertainment space in Rochester, NY. Classical music DJ and Rochester radio VIP Brenda Tremblay presided as the "Mistress of Ceremonies and Song Leader Extraordinaire." Jon Terry, founder of the association, acted as host and presented the John J. Condemi Award to its namesake and first honoree.

The award is for Outstanding Community Engagement and Volunteer Service presented to an individual or group of individuals who, through significant professional activities, have enhanced medical treatment and research efforts to improve life, health and hope for the food allergy community.

Dr. Condemi Celebrates 87th Birthday
Dr. Condemi also celebrated his 87th birthday at the ceremony!
Dr. Condemi with Fiends and Family
Many of the doctor's friends and family members celebrated with him.

When asked his opinion on how patients could most help research projects and their scientists, John said "…as far as our community is concerned, the main thing they can contribute is to participate as volunteers in research studies … human allergy research is essential to furthering our understanding of the disease so we can treat and possibly immunize individuals at risk."

Dr. Condemi's participation with the association was vitally important. First, he suggested that the association become a clearing house of information for individuals and families with life-threatening allergies and asthma living in western New York. This clearing house would be centered around a Website regularly updated with the latest detailed, accurate and useful information available. Another important feature was a monthly e-newsletter describing the latest important allergy information.

Second, John enlisted the association to work as volunteers for the Anaphylaxis Community Experts, a nation-wide program sponsored by the Allergy and Asthma Network/. ACE was intended to reduce allergy related anxieties and prevent anaphylaxis deaths through education, advocacy and outreach. After seven years working on ACE, the Allergy Advocacy Association was inspired to develop Epi Near You New York, our state certified training program seeking to improve access to life-saving epinephrine for all public entities in New York State.

Dr. Condemi is Chairman of the Board of Allergy Asthma Immunology of Rochester (AAIR) and Director of the Infusion Center. This practice specializes in caring for patients with atopic, rheumatic and immunologic diseases. He has served in numerous roles on the local, state, national and international level such as founding member of the New York State Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, founding member of the Finger Lakes Allergy Society in western New York, the board of directors for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), and director of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

He has authored over 100 papers, 69 abstracts, and 23 chapters, and continues to be actively involved in researching asthma, urticaria, and autoimmune disease.

Dr. Condemi presently is boarded in allergy and immunology and internal medicine. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), American College of Physicians (ACP), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and is a member of the New York Academy of Science.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine awarded Dr. Condemi their highest honor, the Albert David Kaiser Medal in 2008 with the inscription, “gifted physician, outstanding clinical immunologist and inspiration for all of us”. He has repeatedly been named as one of the top doctors in America.

Dr. Condemi, a Sicilian American from the South Bronx, attended Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University. He funded his education working in his father’s shoe repair shop. John has five sons and is active in his church. He received the Lutheran Lay Movement award, is in the bell choir, and has delivered children’s sermons. He enjoys tennis, skiing, and gardening, and continues to shine his own shoes.