Fred D. Romano, Ph.D., FASAHP

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Current Position

College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515


Background and Aspirations

I have been the Dean of the Midwestern University College of Health Sciences since 2012. I received my doctoral education in the Department of Physiology at Loyola University of Chicago and postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I joined the Physiology faculty at Midwestern University in 1990. In 2001, I developed the Master of Biomedical Sciences program in the College of Health Sciences at the Downers Grove campus and directed this research-based program for the next five years.  

From 2006 to 2010, I chaired the Department of Physiology and served as Assistant Director of Research on Midwestern University’s Glendale, AZ campus. I returned to IL in 2010 and served as the Associate Dean for the College of Health Sciences for the next two years. I am a cardiovascular physiologist who instructs both medical and allied health students. My research has been funded by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and NIH.

I first joined ASAHP in 2010 and was fortunate to be chosen for the Leadership Development Program in 2011. In 2016 I was honored to be chosen as an ASAHP Fellow and elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee.

There are many challenges facing the programs in my college for educating our students to serve the healthcare community. ASAHP has given me the opportunity to discuss these issues with other administrators and learn from them.

Through my attendance at annual meetings and my involvement with several committees I have come to appreciate the role ASAHP has in supporting our programs and educating the healthcare community. I believe that ASAHP should be the leader in interprofessional education and practice by the very nature of our membership. As a member of the advocacy committee, I will strive to work with my colleagues to make ASAHP more visible to academic institutions and attract new membership. As a member of the Nominating and Election committee I will continue to be diligent in recruiting nominees who are committed to advancing ASAHP as one of the best positioned organizations to influence education and healthcare in the United States.


ASAHP Activities

Activity I:
Member, IPE Strategic Planning Committee, 2013 - 2017

Activity II:
Member, Advocacy Committee, 2018-

Activity III:
Abstract Reviewer, ASAHP Annual Conference, 2013 - present
Chair, Abstract Review Committee, 2018

Activity IV:
Member, Nominations and Elections Committee 2016 - present

Activity V:
Participant, ASAHP Leadership Development Program, 2011


Relevant Experience

Experience I:
Chair, Legacy Scholarship Committee, Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans of Academic Health Centers, 2013 - present

Experience II:
Member, American Diabetes Association (AZ) “Cure, Care, Commitment” Awards Selection Committee, 2008, Co-Chair 2009, 2010

Experience III:
Manuscript Review, Journal of Allied Health, 2013

Experience IV:
Member, ASAHP Fall Conference Planning Committee, 2013

Experience V:
Member, Interprofessional Education Consortium (Chicago area Universities), 2018 -