As a life-long resident of Oak Park and River Forest, I am honored to be practicing orthopaedics in my hometown for over 25 years. I will do my best to serve this outstanding community and pledge to give you compassionate and quality orthopaedic care in a timely manner. Specializing in Sports Medicine on athletes of all ages, I will take care of injuries of your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. Although I am skilled in arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee, I will try conservative care as much as possible, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. I also will work with you, your physical therapist and athletic trainers in your rehabilitation while focusing on preventing further injuries. If surgery is necessary, I will give you state of the art arthroscopic surgery and direct you through an aggressive physical therapy program so that you may return to sports rapidly and safely. I also am skilled in surgical and conservative treatment of trauma and fractures of the upper and lower extremities in children and adults. In order to prevent return costumers, I founded our Bone Health Clinic where we will assess your risk of future fractures, educate you in proper nutrition for bone health and, when necessary, start you on medication to increase your bone density and prevent secondary fractures. Conservative and surgical arthritis care is another special interest of mine. I will guide you through a specific program of orthotics, medication, exercise, injections and possibly limited arthroscopy. If surgery is necessary, rapid and successful recovery is possible by optimizing your physical and nutritional health before surgery, performing surgery with computer-assisted total joint instrumentation and using similar rehab program that we do with our athletes.Finally, outside the field of orthopaedics, I have a strong passion for protecting our athletes from the real dangers of concussions. Many years before society was focused on concussions, I brought the first computerized concussion-testing program into our community. Along with rest, vestibular therapy and other means, we use this program to ensure that all of our young athletes have a safe return to sports. I also work with the coaches and players in preventing the onset of concussions. Outside of the office and the operating room, you may find me working on the sidelines of a local sporting event. My favorite pastime is to spend time with my family – especially with my new granddaughter, Mia. My most rewarding and humbling experience was to volunteer, within days of the disaster in Haiti, at St. Damien's Children's Hospital near the epicenter. There we cared for and operating on hundreds of devastated earthquake victims. I also enjoy participating in orthopaedic medical brigades at the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphanage in Honduras. Although I spend most of my days there in the clinic and operating rooms, I truly receive may more than I give.
I want to take care of the whole person. I care about making people well, not just fixing a specific problem. I really believe everything is related. I don't want to just treat a shoulder or a knee, but to find and treat the root cause of your injury. I want to make the patient healthier in general. I want to make them well. I'm interested in more natural modalities—physical therapy, sleep and nutrition—and I think patients are, too. People are more of the mindset now of wanting health—robust, lasting health—not just a fix for a particular problem. You have to have an integrated and modern approach for that to happen.
Dr. Romano's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
Chiropractic Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Orthopedic Hip Surgery
Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine (Physician Assistant)
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
Sports Medicine Pain Management
Sports Preventive Medicine
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Romano's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Difficulty With Walking
Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
De Quervain's Release
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Trigger Finger Release
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1984
Loyola University Stricht School Med
Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
Loyola University Stricht School Med
Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Romano has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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