Daniel Romano, MD

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


  1. Wesson T, Sharma D, Rodman C, Tucker BJ, Romano DR, Chen J, Mulinaro L, Carroll AE, Illing EA, Bennett W, Burgin SJ. Evolving microbial patterns of acute mastoiditis in pediatric patients undergoing mastoidectomy. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2023 Aug; 172:111690.
  2. Moore ST, Nakamura T, Nie J, Solivais AJ, Aristizabal-Ramirez I, Ueda Y, Manikandan M, Reddy VS, Romano DR, Hoffman JR, Perrin BJ, Nelson RF, Frolenkov GI, Chuva de Sousa Lopes SM, Hashino E. Generating high-fidelity cochlear organoids from human pluripotent stem cells. Cell Stem Cell 2023 Jul; 30:950-961.e7.
  3. 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, 2022 Jun; 70:449-452.
  4. 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.
  5. Romano D, Hashino E, Nelson R. Deafness-in-a-dish: Modeling hereditary deafness with inner ear organoids. Hum Genet 2021 Aug.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.