Daniel Romano, MD

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Personal Statement: I was absolutely thrilled to match at WashU and deeply grateful for the opportunity to train at one of the best programs in the country. I was drawn initially by the exceptionally strong and well-rounded surgical training, the quality of research, the livability of the city of St. Louis, and the world-renowned faculty. However, I was ultimately sold on the supportive and collegial culture conveyed by faculty and resident interviewers, who were as congenial and down-to-earth as they are esteemed and accomplished.


Undergraduate: Purdue University, BS, Biomedical Engineering, 2016

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, MD, 2021


  • Department of Otolaryngology Edward C. Weisberger, MD Award (2021)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology Resident/Medical Student Travel Award (2020)
  • First Place-Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge (2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


Subramoney K, Elsheikh O, Butt S, Romano D, Reese L, Kara A. A retrospective evaluation of patients with and without 14 day readmissions following hospitalization for COVID 19. J Investig Med (In press).

Romano D, Kronenberger W, Henning S, Montgomery C, Ditmars A, Johnson C, Bozell H, Yates A, Pisoni D. Verbal working memory error patterns and speech-language outcomes in youth with cochlear implants. J Speech Lang Hear Res 2021 Nov; 11:1-15.

Romano D, Hashino E, Nelson R. Deafness-in-a-dish: Modeling hereditary deafness with inner ear organoids. Hum Genet 2021 Aug.

Romano D, Heller S, Hashino E. Stem cell approaches and small molecules. In: Grothe B, Fritzsch B, editors. The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference. 2nd ed. Elsevier; 2020.

Smith M, Romano D. Atlantoaxial rotatory instability in a Down syndrome patient with aberrant vertebral artery anatomy. J Spine Res Surg 2019 May; 1 (1):16-22.

Smith M, Romano D, McEntire B, Sonny Bal B. A single center retrospective clinical evaluation of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion comparing allograft spacers to silicon nitride cages. J Spine Surg 2018 Jun; 4 (2):349-360.

Romano D, Pharris M, Patel N, Kinzer-Ursem T. Competitive tuning: Competition’s role in setting the frequency-dependence of Ca2+-dependent proteins. PLoS Comput Biol 2017 Nov; 13 (11):e1005820.