January 12, 2021

A Great Loss

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Samuel E. Romano, Ph.D.


Samuel Romano, Ph.D.
Samuel E. Romano, Ph.D. 

Sam retired from the Department in 2017 after 35 years of dedicated service as a lecturer, clinical psychologist and assistant residency director. He died December 26, 2020, from complications of pancreatic cancer, with his wife and son by his side. He was 69.

His work on behalf of patients, learners and faculty centered on a deep appreciation for the importance of emotional well-being and a life in balance, weaving his love for travel, music, literature and family stories into his approach. He was a mentor to generations of family doctors and, through them, his work extends across the globe. 

 “Sam advocated for a more holistic perspective of ourselves, our patients and our trainees, as he felt this was essential to a culture of well-being. He believed strongly that a life in balance came before anything else, and inspired others to seek this path,” shared Margaret L. Dobson, M.D., assistant professor and former residency director.

“Sam organized the resident wellness sessions during the first month of residency, emphasizing the importance of maintaining personal and professional balance, and regularly organized sessions focused on maintaining wellness, balance and humanism in healthcare. I remember Sam as a thoughtful, kind, and altruistic colleague who was a tireless advocate for residents, patients, and maintaining the humanity and health care. His love of life, devotion as a friend, and commitment to values of caring and supporting one another will live on in all of us and in generations of family physicians,” shared James M. Cooke, M.D., associate professor and former residency director.

To live authentically and with joy is to honor Sam.

Sam’s full obituary can be found on MLive. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later time.  The Department will share details when they are available.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan Guynn Family Medicine Residency Wellness Endowment Fund at victors.us/samuelromano, the Peace Neighborhood Center or Food Gatherers



Guestbook: In Memory: Samuel E. Romano, Ph.D.