Robert Shprintzen, Ph.D.
President and Chairman of the Board
The Virtual Center for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Inc.

It is with great pleasure that I endorse my good friend of many years, Linda D’Antonio, Ph.D. I have had the good fortune to spend a great deal of time with Dr. D’Antonio on many occasions in a variety of clinical and academic settings. We have seen patients together, discussed difficult scientific problems, debated this technique and that procedure, and have had a number of opportunities to debate current scientific controversies at national and international meetings. Our frequent professional interactions have fostered a deep admiration for Dr. D’Antonio on many different levels. These include her expansive breadth of knowledge, her technical expertise, her clinical skills, her academic acumen, and prodigious intellect. Tying all of this together is her unwavering integrity and humanity.

Dr. D’Antonio, not content to speak of good deeds in this world, has engaged in them on a very personal level. She is kind and generous to all who know her, both patients and colleagues. I find her to be a constant resource for my own intellectual curiosity, calling on her many times to assist me with difficult problems. I have referred many patients to her over the years, including personal friends and relatives. That is not something I would without knowing her excellence and integrity. She is one of the few professionals to whom I can comfortably refer patients with velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). Dr. D’Antonio has been contributing to our state of knowledge about VCFS for more than 20 years and I have invited her to be a speaker at a number of international academic meetings on the subject over that time. You can bet that she will be my prime source for referral in California.