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Robert Cicco, MD, Named Pediatrician of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter

Robert Cicco, MD, Named Pediatrician of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter

Robert Cicco, MDThe Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has named Robert Cicco, MD, Associate Director of West Penn Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), its “Pediatrician of the Year.”

This prestigious award is given annually to a Pennsylvania Fellow of the AAP who exemplifies the ideals of the pediatric profession and participates in the type of activities that are the foundation of the AAP.

The award will be presented to Dr. Cicco at the March 24, 2012, meeting of the Allegheny County Medical Society.

The AAP Pennsylvania Chapter awards “Pediatrician of the Year” to those exhibiting “behavior that exemplifies the ideal pediatrician.” The honoree must be involved in advocating for children’s health and/or increased access to health services, inspiring parents to seek high-quality, ongoing pediatric care and role modeling ideal pediatrician behavior.

Dr. Cicco has practiced in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years and is a well-known advocate for children’s health, having published numerous op-ed pieces in support of health insurance coverage for all children. A practitioner of family-centered care, he works with new parents at West Penn Hospital to help them become more confident and competent in their parenting abilities. He has been a long-time advocate for families in the NICU and early intervention settings. He has given numerous presentations across the country on the issues of parent/professional partnerships, family-centered care, humor in the healthcare setting and developing advocacy skills.

He is a past president of Parent Care, a national association of parents and professionals that advocates for family centered NICU care. He has also served on the board of directors of the National Perinatal Association.

Dr. Cicco is a past president of Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAP and also serves as the co-chairman of the Committee of the Fetus and Newborn for the state chapter. In addition, he is a member of the Committee to Establish Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design and chairs the planning group for the Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference, which attracts 12,000 attendees annually.

He has served on numerous health department Advisory Committees over the years and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Metabolic Screening Program and the Allegheny County Health Department’s Child Death Review Team. He is the Pediatric Advisor for the PA Department of Health’s EPIC-EHDI program, which provides education and evaluation of hospital newborn hearing screening programs. He also is vice chair of the board for the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, an independent advocacy organization dedicated to improving the well being of all children in PA.

Over the past 13 years, he has been actively involved in assisting neonatal clinical and educational activities in Romania and Moldova.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. Cicco is a practicing clown and children’s entertainer who performs for a number of local charitable and community organizations. Through this work, he has learned that developing one’s sense of humor and appreciation of the human spirit contributes as much to “good health” as any medicine. He and his wife of 38 years, Anita, live in Scott Township and have four sons and six grandchildren.