Christopher Romero, MD/PhD

Medical Director, U.S

Dr. Christopher Romero is a native of the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas where he attended the Science Academy in Mercedes, Texas.  He completed his Undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  During his undergraduate studies he designed and implemented an NSF sponsored research project investigating the anti-microbial properties of common herbal remedies of the southwest; the results of which were presented nationally and distributed in peer reviewed form.  After a brief internship at the National Institutes of Health he went on to earn a combined MD/PhD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  His dissertation work in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology investigated the phenomenon of immuno-modulation and its therapeutic potential for sepsis.  This work was supported by an F-31 award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  The results of this work was presented internationally, and published in Infection and Immunity.  During his tenure at UTMB, Dr. Romero was the recipient of the McLaughlin Fellowship, the Blocker Scholar Award, and multiple NSRF awards for his work in Immunology and Vaccine related research.  In addition, he was honored by the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine for his writings on professionalism in the practice of medicine.  After graduation he went on to complete his Internal Medicine residency training at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California.  At the end of this tenure he was awarded the Edmund L. Keeney, MD Award for Leadership in Medicine, and The Charles and Virginia Feld Award for demonstrating humanistic qualities in Internal Medicine.  After Residency training Dr. Romero returned home to the Rio Grande Valley to practice medicine in order to provide care for one of the most underserved communities in the United States.  As a Hospitalist and Attending Physician his passion for education was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Award from the UT-HSA SOM Medicine Clerkship, and by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Internal Medicine Residency Program.  He went on to join the administration at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen where he oversaw the Medical Staff, Clinical Informatics, and Research Departments.  He was named the Physician of the Year in 2019 for his work at VBMC-Harlingen.  In this role he was instrumental in the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, helping orchestrate the hospital response and collaboration with local, State, and Federal resources deployed to this hard-hit region of Texas.  Dr. Romero has most recently joined Pan American Clinical Research, LLC as their Medical Director for USA Operations.  He serves as the Principal Investigator for multiple clinical trials, with a heavy focus on novel therapeutics for COVID-19.  Dr. Romero shares the vision of Pan American Clinical Research in expanding research participation opportunities for the Hispanic population of the Texas-Mexico Border Region.  He has been appointed to the steering committee of The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard.  He is a member of multiple medical organizations and societies, including the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and has been appointed as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Through all of these efforts, his singular focus is to improve health and wellness in underserved communities throughout the Southwest and Latin America.