Meet the physicians at Pediatric Alliance!
Jennifer Romero, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Pediatric Alliance — Fox Chapel Division (5 years)
Birthplace: Willow Grove, PA
Education: High school in Oak Ridge, TX and Bucks County, PA/ College at Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University/ University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
Training: Pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Hospital Affiliations/Teaching: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Magee-Women’s Hospital, West Penn Hospital. Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Professional Interests: Nutrition in toddlers.
My Inspiration: So many of my mentors at Children’s Hospital – Drs. Basil Zitelli, Carl Gartner, Michael Wollman…
My Hero: My mom… her wonderful balance of caring, love, friendliness and hard work… any good quality in my life I have her to thank! I also admire Michelle Obama right now… I love her focus on kids’ nutrition and health.
School Memories or Stories: I spent 3 years convinced I was going to be an OBGYN…until my first week in Children’s Hospital. Then it all changed.
Patients Have Taught Me: Everyday I remember the joys of watching a baby or child grow, learning new things and maturing through different stages of life.
Funniest Thing A Patient Has Said: A toddler, who threw up in the car on the way to the office, and once he was done, said: “Bless me.”
What Parents Can Do To Improve Their Child’s Health: Encourage non-processed foods and avoid any sweetened drinks. Make exercise — especially outdoor exercise — part of every day. Limit total screen time to 1 hour or less on school days and 2 hours or less on weekend days.
Favorite Patient Age: I love all ages, but especially birth through two years. I love babies!!!
Hobbies: Yoga is my favorite thing to do. I love how good it is for your body and your mind and for your peace of mind. I love listening to music and used to read a ton…now not as much time!
Dogs or Cats: Dog! We are actually getting our first puppy as a Christmas surprise for the kids in a few weeks! (SHHH!!!). I am VERY allergic to cats, but think they are cute.
Ketchup or Mustard (On Hot Dogs): Mustard (and relish!).
Playing On My iPod: Grouplove, The Lumineers, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Akumal, Mexico!
Favorite Food: I have so many… red curry with chicken, risotto, Rick’s enchiladas, most pizzas.
Always In The Fridge: Vegetables
Favorite Books: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “The Corrections.”
Favorite Movie: “Dancer In The Dark.”
Who Plays You In Your Hollywood Biography? Winona Ryder – but with blond hair!
I Like To Watch: American Idol, Survivor, Go On, The Big Bang Theory, Up All Night, 30 Rock, Iron Chef.
What People Don’t Know: I took guitar lessons the last 2 years and was terrible! I thought my years of piano playing would somehow carry over to guitar talent. I write and eat left-handed, but play all sports right-handed.