Tracey Romero


Tracey Romero is a Philadelphia-based health and science journalist. Her work has appeared in Cardiology Today, Orthopedics This Week and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She loves to write about the personal side of medicine. Follow her on Twitter @trarom.

September 12, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

For physician assistant, it's out of the clinic and onto the sidelines

When you see the cover of the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Calendar, at first glance it might seem like just a photo of a pretty woman, but there are hidden layers to both the photo and to the cheerleader in the starring role.

August 30, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

Cancer researcher finds that music and science blend perfectly

In his experimental lab at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Northeast Philly, Roland Dunbrack, 53, a computational structural biologist, immerses himself in analyzing the structures of proteins in order to better understand how certain mutations cause cancer, but out of the office he indulges another passion: music.

August 15, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

CHOP doc practices healing power of poetry

Dr. Amy Goldstein recently published a collection of poetry called "Bearing Witness," a title chosen to acknowledge that a doctor's role is not to just take care of people, but to bear witness to their suffering and pain.

August 1, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

For family doctor, family hobby is icing on the cake

“For me, it is about making people happy," says Meredith Ray, M.D. of her 19-year-old hobby. "I love to make cakes for family members and friends. It is a way to make someone feel good, but also a chance to express creativity and have fun.”

July 18, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

Medical educator has singing on the brain

Medical educator defies expectations with her song

July 4, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

Medical claims auditor works to empower youth in old neighborhood

Twenty-eight year old Tierra Jones from East Falls spends her work hours crunching numbers and data-mining in front of a computer screen as a medical claims auditor, but she devotes her free time to mentoring underserved youth in the North Philly neighborhood where she grew up through her nonprofit organization A.T.T.R.A.C.T. Philly.

June 20, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

Away from the ER, pediatrician brushes up on dream pursuit

Dr. Afif Hanna, who recently earned a degree in oil painting from PAFA, now spends part of his off-time in his Point Breeze studio.

April 7, 2017


Philly's Blackfynn breaks down barriers in neurology research data

Blackouts. Injuries from falls. Memory loss.

March 27, 2017


Pennsylvania Hospital's first female neurosurgeon is paying it forward

Dr. Zarina Ali loves the exhilaration she feels when scrubbing into brain or spine surgery knowing she has a chance to make a big difference in life and death situations for her patients. Even with the long hours of razor-sharp focus needed, she wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

December 12, 2016

Organ Donations

Organ donations offer hope and healing amid tragedy of overdose

After her son Charles became addicted to heroin, Eileen Grugan was always fearful of getting that phone call, the one telling her that he had overdosed on the street or in a car somewhere.

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