Tampa, FL – Albert Romanosky, MD, Ph.D. was recently awarded the 2022 AADM Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of Disaster Medicine® (AADM®). The AADM Award recognizes the vital role physician specialists play in the disaster life cycle – preparation, planning, response, and recovery.
According to AADM President Carol Iddins, MD, FAADM, Dr. Romanosky’s tireless dedication to public health and to the disaster medicine community exemplifies the qualities of a great physician. “As Medical Director and State Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Office of Preparedness and Response at the Maryland State Health Department, Dr. Romanosky has been actively supporting state health department disaster emergency preparedness planning and response,” said Dr. Iddins.
Dr. Romanosky has contributed to the disaster and emergency plan writing and review, managed grants, reviewed and developed legislative policy, acted as liaison with federal, state, local, and private stakeholders and partners as well as participated in multiple operational roles during disasters and emergencies.
Board Certified in Internal, Emergency, and Disaster Medicine, Dr. Romanosky has been actively involved with Emergency Medical Services as a jurisdictional Medical Director. He was the Assistant Medical Director for one of the nation’s first Tactical Emergency Medical Services Teams trained to provide lifesaving care to victims during special operations such as active shooter incidents.
He serves as a subject matter expert and instructor in weapons of mass destruction and hospital-based management of mass casualty events for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. He also operates in disaster and emergency management, facilitating and supporting on-scene disaster and emergency response operations.
According to Dr. Iddins, “Dr. Romanosky is currently coordinating Maryland’s efforts to support medical and healthcare delivery to residents of Ukraine through donation and shipment of 200 ventilators, personal protective equipment, ballistic plates, and panels. All donations total more than $12,000,000; this includes more than 200 pallets and 5 tractor-trailer loads of donated supplies and equipment.”
The American Academy of Disaster Medicine promotes the practice of disaster health care, ensuring that all physicians are aware and prepared to effectively respond to future disasters either natural or man-made. AADM is an affiliate academy of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), the governing body of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) that certifies both allopathic and osteopathic physicians in a variety of specialties including Disaster Medicine.