Dr. Romano practices primary care (outpatient) general internal medicine and general pediatrics in a team approach with physicians-in-training.
Dr. Romano's research and teaching interests focus on developing, testing, and validating health care quality measures, using outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care, and studying the role of physicians and nurses in optimizing quality and safety across the health care industry.
His research program is supported by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and numerous State agencies, and has resulted in over 186 peer-reviewed publications.
He now serves as Co-Editor in Chief of Health Services Research (HSR), an official journal of AcademyHealth published by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), and as Director of Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC), a T32 primary care research training program supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC 1984
M.P.H., Social and Administrative Health Sciences, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley CA 1990
A.B., Princeton University, Princeton NJ 1979
Internal Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland OH 1984-1988
Health Services Research, Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1988-1990
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1989
American Board of Pediatrics, 1989
Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Physicians
American Public Health Association
International Society for Quality in Healthcare
Society of General Internal Medicine
Honors and Awards
The John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2016
UC Davis School of Medicine Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, 2010
UC Davis School of Medicine Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2000
Select Recent Publications
Marcin JP, Romano PS, Dayal P, Dharmar M, Chamberlain JM, Dudley N, et al., Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Patient-level factors and the quality of care delivered in pediatric emergency departments. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2017 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Forster AJ, Bernard B, Drösler SE, Gurevich Y, Harrison J, Januel JM, Romano PS, et al. A World Health Organization field trial assessing a proposed ICD-11 framework for classifying patient safety events. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2017; 29(4):548-556.
Whitney RL, Bell JF, Tancredi DJ, Romano PS, Bold RJ, Joseph JG. Hospitalization rates and predictors of rehospitalization among individuals with advanced cancer in the year after diagnosis. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2017; 35(31):3610-3617.
Squitieri L, Ganz DA, Mangione CM, Needleman J, Romano PS, Saliba D, Ko CY, Waxman DA. Consistency of pressure injury documentation across interfacility transfers. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2017; Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Marcin JP, Romano PS, Dharmar M, Chamberlain JM, Dudley N, Macias CG, et al., Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Implicit review instrument to evaluate quality of care delivered by physicians to children in emergency departments. Health Services Research. 2017; Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print].
Lash RS, Bell JF, Bold RJ, Joseph JG, Cress RD, Wun T, Brunson AM, Romano PS. Emergency department use by recently diagnosed cancer patients in California. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. 2017; 15(2):95-102.
Rosenthal JL, Romano PS, Kokroko J, Gu W, Okumura MJ. Receiving providers’ perceptions on information transmission during inter-facility transfers to general pediatric floors. Hospital Pediatrics. 2017; 7(6):335-43.
Thurston H, Freisthler B, Bell J, Tancredi D, Romano PS, Miyamoto S, Joseph JG. Environmental and individual attributes associated with child maltreatment resulting in hospitalization or death. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2017; 67(May):119-36.
Woodworth L, Romano PS, Holmes J. Does insurance status influence a patient's hospital charge? Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 2017; 15(3):353-362.
Pollmanns J, Romano PS, Weyermann M, Geraedts M, Drosler SE. Impact of disease prevalence adjustment on hospitalization rates for chronic ambulatory sensitive conditions in Germany. Health Services Research. 2017; Mar 22 [Epub ahead of print].