DANVILLE - Pat Bruno, M.D., pediatrician and medical director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of the Central Susquehanna Valley, a division of Geisinger Health System's (GHS) Janet Weis Children's Hospital, earned pediatric child abuse board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. He is one of just eight doctors in Pennsylvania and 275 nationally to earn board certification in this specialty.

The American Board of Medical Specialties approved the child abuse pediatrics specialty in 2006 and the American Board of Pediatrics issued the first certification exams in November 2009. In order to achieve board certification, candidates must complete a prerequisite residency program (three years of pediatric training and three years of child abuse fellowship) or obtain comparable experience and then pass the child abuse board examination.

"This board certification provides an additional endorsement for Bruno as one of the leading specialist in child abuse care and treatment across the country," said Michael Ryan, D.O., chairman of Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital. "It's an important credential in both the legal and clinical settings."

Recently included in a book by David Chadwick, M.D., titled "The Child Abuse Doctors," Bruno joined Geisinger Medical Center in 2004 as a general pediatrician and medical director of the CAC, which was established to embrace victims of child abuse. During his career, he has evaluated more than five thousand children who have been referred for an evaluation of child maltreatment from a 30-county area in central Pennsylvania.

For his work at the CAC, Bruno will receive the Charles P. Fasano, D.O., Memorial, Medical Hero Award from the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley on Friday, March 21, during a breakfast at the Country Cupboard restaurant in Lewisburg.

Bruno is a graduate of Juniata College and Rutgers University, and he earned his medical degree from Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics.