WHEELING - Dr. Judy Romano, director of Wheeling Hospital's Center for Pediatrics, received the Dr. Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award at the recent 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition.
The national award is given annually by the AAP to recognize individual pediatricians who have made a significant contribution to improving the health and safety of children in early education and child care settings.
Romano was recognized for her development and leadership of the AAP's section on early education and child care. In addition, Romano was cited for her child care advocacy work in her community and state.
She has served on the AAP's Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care. An advocate for health and safety issues, Romano also served on writing teams for state and national guidelines.
Romano said she was honored to be chosen by her peers to receive the award.
"The AAP has afforded me a platform to do the work that I love, which is to advance the health and safety of children," she said. "I look forward to continuing my work in West Virginia and Ohio with the support of the AAP."
Romano is president of the AAP Ohio Chapter and a member of the West Virginia Chapter, which named her pediatrician of the year in 2003. An adviser to Head Start organizations in West Virginia and Ohio, Romano also serves on the Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council.
The American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in 1930 by 35 pediatricians in response to the need for an independent pediatric forum to address children's needs. The organization has grown to more than 60,000 members and is known as the leading authority for children. The mission of the AAP is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children and adolescents and young adults.