Phillip C. DeMio, MD, was given the highest doctor's recognition award at Autism One's first Annual Gala & Award Ceremonies in Chicago on Saturday, May 28th, 2011. He is a biomedical physician, and he is a parent of a child with autism. Dr. DeMio is also the founder and Executive Director of the American Medical Autism Board. Dr. DeMio was nominated for this category for his outstanding work as a biomedical doctor who treats autism spectrum disorders.
The Most Inspirational Doctor Award, 2011, was announced live by the Gala's M.C., Kristin Selby-Gonzalez, who handed Dr. DeMio the towering glass award. A standing ovation occurred as Dr. DeMio's name was read out loud from the secret envelope as this year's winner. Dr. DeMio and over 20 other doctors were nominated, and then votes were taken for this top doctor award. Votes were submitted from persons throughout the autism world including families and fellow practitioners.
In an interview with the US Autism & Asperger Association's founder, Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, Dr. DeMio said,"It's a great privilege to be acknowledged with such a high level of recognition by coworkers and parents. Our work will continue at the highest level." In his acceptance speech, Dr. DeMio noted, "The patients and the families have the hardest job and the greatest challenges. It is a privilege for me to be the physician helping them on their biomedical journey." He thanks Autism One's Award Committee for their work. He is especially grateful to his wife, Joyce, and to their son, Daniel, who has autism. "They've made the greatest sacrifice by making me available to be able to help as many people as possible," Dr. DeMio said.
Dr. DeMio also thanks Ed & Teri Arranga, of Autism One, who held the Awards event. "Teri Arranga has been supportive of me all these years and I appreciate how positive she has been about my work." Ed Arranga congratulated Dr. DeMio and said, "'You deserve it!'" Dr. DeMio is especially grateful to his staff, who work directly with all his patients. "This is as much an award for them, because we are a team. I could not do what I do without the people I have working with me."