- Research Interests:
Dr. Romano is interested in enhancing patient outcomes through investigating techniques for improving the delivery of radiation therapy, exploring the interaction with systematic therapy, and focusing on quality of life throughout cancer treatment. She has a strong interest in medical student and resident education.
- Clinical Practice:
- Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Tomotherapy, Brachytherapy, Gynecologic Cancer, Urologic Cancer, Pediatric Cancer
- Assistant Professor
Kara Romano, MD, received her undergraduate degree and completed her residency at UVA before joining the faculty in 2018.
Passionate about being involved in a patient’s care from the beginning, throughout treatment and follow-up care. Romano specializes in treating a variety of gynecologic cancers, including endometrial cancer and a prospective trial of combination EBRT and MRI-guided, dose-differentiated HDR prostate brachytherapy boost for unfavorable-intermediate, high, and very high-risk prostate cancer. She is one of three providers at UVA trained to perform image-guided brachytherapy for gynecologic cancers. This novel approach to care was pioneered at UVA and it allows doctors to tailor the radiation dose after one application based on MRI results that reveal a tumor’s response.
In addition to clinical care, Romano is an enthusiastic mentor and teacher for residents and medical students. She is also an active researcher, focusing primarily on clinical outcomes. In addition, Romano is part of a UVA investigator-initiated trial to determine the efficacy of vaginal cuff brachytherapy to treat endometrial cancer.
In her free time, Romano enjoys yoga, exercise, exploring the Blue Ridge mountains and being with her family.
- George Washington University
- University of Virginia