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Dr. Román obtained her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. Prior to joining UT Southwestern Medical Center, she spent six years as an attending pediatrician at a federally qualified health center in San Jose, California, with a faculty appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Román is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is also the Medical Director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health System of Texas. Her clinical and research interests include the provision of high quality primary care services for vulnerable child populations, integration of medical and mental health services, and evaluation of resilience and well-being in a variety of populations.

Dr. Román is also passionate about her role as a Clinician Educator. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Ambulatory Care Clerkship at UT Southwestern Medical School. She is heavily involved in the education of learners of varied disciplines in both didactic and clinical settings.

Dr. Román is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatrics Society, and the Academic Pediatric Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care; as well as the Council on Communications and Media. She serves on the Texas Pediatrics Society Committee on Foster Care and Committee on Medical Education. She has provided expert testimony to the Texas State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and has provided input to a variety of statewide task forces regarding issues related to the health of children in foster care and the impact of toxic stress and trauma on the well-being of children.


Medical School
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2004)
UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (2005), Pediatrics
UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland (2007), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (2008), Pediatrics

Research Interest

  • Quality primary care for foster and other at-risk children
  • Resident and medical student education


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Urinary Imaging Findings in Young Infants With Bacteremic Urinary Tract Infection.
Chang PW, Abidari JM, Shen MW, Greenhow TL, Bendel-Stenzel M, Roman HK, Biondi EA, Schroeder AR Hosp Pediatr 2016 Oct
Bacteraemic urinary tract infection: management and outcomes in young infants.
Schroeder AR, Shen MW, Biondi EA, Bendel-Stenzel M, Chen CN, French J, Lee V, Evans RC, Jerardi KE, Mischler M, Wood KE, Chang PW, Roman HK, Greenhow TL Arch. Dis. Child. 2015 Jul
Diagnosis and management of bacteremic urinary tract infection in infants.
Roman HK, Chang PW, Schroeder AR Hosp Pediatr 2015 Jan 5 1 1-8
Legislative advocacy: evaluation of a grand rounds intervention for pediatricians.
Bensen R, Roman H, Bersamin M, Lu Y, Horwitz S, Chamberlain LJ Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr 14 2 181-5

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Faculty Member
    UT Southwestern Gamma Chapter (2018)
  • Children's Health Dallas Ambulatory Provider of the Month
  • Outstanding Service Award
    American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1 (2014)
  • Kerry Spooner-Dean Award, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
    Outstanding commitment to advocacy and community outreach (2007)
  • Dr. H. James Sallach Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Medical School
    Outstanding 3rd year student with career interest in primary care (2003)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Texas Pediatric Society (2015)
  • AAP Council on Communications and Media (2012)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2003)