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Educational Background

Dr. Romano was born and raised in New York City. He graduated St. Helena High School in 1967, first in his class and was class valedictorian.

From 1967 to 1971, Dr. Romano attended Washington Square College of New York University (NYU), graduating in 1971 with a Bachelorís Degree in Mathematics. He was also pre-med. He was a recipient of several scholarships, including the Governor's Committee of Scholastic Achievement Award and received this prestigious honor from Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude and was class valedictorian of the 1971 NYU Washington Square College of Arts and Sciences. He was also recipient of the pre-medical society medal.

In 1971 Dr. Romano simultaneously entered the NYU graduate school of Arts and Sciences and NYUís medical school, receiving a Masterís Degree in Immunology in 1975 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

In 1977 he graduated with a MD degree and also a Ph.D. degree in Immunology. His doctoral thesis is entitled The Role of T-Cell Help in the Immune Response. As a graduate student, Dr. Romano studied under Dr. G. Jeanette Thorbecke, an eminent immunology researcher. His graduate school work bore fruit in that he authored 18 articles in basic science literature including articles that appeared in Proceedings of National Academy Science, The Journal of Immunology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Cellular Immunology, to name a few, while still a student. He also presented some of his research at scientific conferences and won awards for his work before graduating. (These and other references can be found in the "CV" section of this website.)

Dr. Romano was accepted to the Internal Medicine internship and residency program at Bellevue Hospital/University Hospital in New York City from 1977 to 1980. He moved with his family to St. Louis in 1980 in order to complete a two-year Rheumatology Fellowship at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in order to train under Dr. Bevra Hahn, the internationally-acclaimed lupus specialist.

In 1980, Dr. Romano became board certified in internal medicine.

In 1982, Dr. Romano became board certified in rheumatology, moved with his family to the Upper Ohio Valley, and opened his own solo private practice. He still resides in Wheeling, West Virginia and practices in the upper Ohio Valley. In 2002 he moved his practice to Martins Ferry, Ohio, just across the Ohio River.

Although he is in solo private practice, Dr. Romano continues to be active academically, having written numerous articles and authored chapters in several medical textbooks. Although his formal education stopped in 1982 he continues to be active in post-graduate medical education as well. Dr. Romano's unique training and bench research, as well as the publications which helped him earn a PhD in immunology have served him well. He is able to combine that knowledge with his subspecialty as a board-certified rheumatologist, thus allowing him to uniquely understand the science as well as medicine of autoimmune diseases, pain problems and disorders, as well as to apply the science behind many of the unusual problems he sees in his practice. This training has also allowed him to continue his research.

Dr. Romano is well known among his peers for his pioneering work in fibromyalgia. In 1986 he was invited to serve on the landmark committee which established the criteria for fibromyalgia, a process which took three and a half years to complete.

Early in his career, Dr. Romano was elected to become a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), a great honor.

Because of his extensive publishing in the last 40 years, as well as his extensive knowledge of cutting-edge medicine and science, Dr. Romano is often asked to review articles for publications in peer-reviewed medical literature, as well as asked by other physicians who write medical books to review their manuscripts.

Dr. Romano served on the faculty of the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), lecturing at their annual meeting and being very involved in their credentialing process. He recently completed fifteen years as chairman of the examination committee of the AAPM. In past years he has also served as president of the academy. He has been a columnist for the Journal of Muscularskeletal Pain for over fifteen years, as well as serving as a contributing editor.

Throughout his medical career Dr. Romano has lectured in many countries in Europe, Australia as well as North America. He sees patients from all over the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe.


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