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.

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.

October 21, 2016

Chronic Pain

Little known about neurological condition, but one thing's for sure: Life is pain

In 2007, Lora Rossi was a typical 28-year-old, always on the go, helping others as a director in a non-profit organization or having fun with friends and family. Her life though soon took a painful twist when after ankle surgery she developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). A chronic condition, it is primarily characterized by burning pain that starts in one of the limbs after an injury or trauma, but that can spread to the whole body. Tenderness to touch, swelling and changes in temperature of skin, hair and nails are often experienced as well. Sometimes the pain develops without a noticeable injury or trauma.

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