Robert Romano
Robert Romano
Key information
Gender Male
Hair Color red (bald on top)
Status Deceased
Death November 27, 2003
Specialty Surgery
Behind the scenes
Portrayer: Paul McCrane
First episode "Good Touch, Bad Touch"
Last episode "Freefall(Main Cast)

Heal ThySelf(Special Guest)

Dr. Robert Romano is a fictional character in the medical drama ER. He was introduced in the fourth season as a recurring character. He became a series regular in the fifth season and remained a starring character until his death in the tenth season.

Character HistoryEdit

He was County General's best surgeon. Edit


Dr. Peter BentonEdit

Dr. Elizabeth CordayEdit

Lucy KnightEdit

Despite his difficult personality and disdain for almost everyone he knew, Romano had a soft spot for medical student Lucy Knight. In order to save a patient who she had bonded with, with Romano being the only one who could save her, Lucy goes to his house and, when he refuses due to wanting to spend his Christmas undisturbed, she dresses him down. Due to his position as chief of staff and her only being a medical student, this act impresses Romano enough for him to consent to the surgery. Later, the patient returns but dies during surgery. Romano offers a rare and sincere apology to Lucy for her loss.

When Lucy is stabbed by a schizophrenic patient, Romano operates on her along with Elizabeth and, despite their best efforts, she dies. Before she crashes, Romano tells her that "they had spent too much time on [her] training to let her die." He is noticeably angry when she dies and even experiences a moment of denial, convinced he can save her.


In the first episode of season nine Romano, Kovach and Lewis were evacuating the hospital due to a monkey poxs outbreak. While on the helipad the chart on the gurney flew off from the wind Dr. Romano went to pick it up an they helicopter amputated his arm. Dr Lewis and Dr Kovach rushed to save his life. Dr. Kovach took Romano to the OR floor and Dr Chen and Pratt assisted Dr Romano went into arrest due to blood loss an Dr Kovach saved his life due to his quick thinking.

Later on in season 9 Romano was fired from his chief of staff job by Dr. Ansbaugh and Dr. Kerry Weaver took over and offered Romano Cheif of the ER. During that time he fired senior nurses Lydia, Connie and Yosh. Romano offended almost everyone.


After Romanos amputation he got a robotic arm. He was Cheif of the ER until he died in the episode free fall from a helicopter that fell off the roof. Before the helicopter fell he was going to lodge a complaint on Dr. Pratt and caught Dr. Morris smoking pot.

AFTER DEATH After his death in season 10 Paul McCrane went on to directing and directed multiple episodes of ER along with Laura Innes after her departure in Season 13. After Dr Romanos death Dr Weaver dedicated a LGBT center of health in Dr Romanos name because he was a homophobe and some after life payback


In the flash back episode of season 15 Dr. Romano appeared talking with Dr. Greene by trauma 1 about his chemo therapy. In the episode the Book of Abby long serving nurse Haleh Adams showed Abby Lockheart the wall of doctors and on there the tag "ROMANO" can be seen.

Injury Edit

Death Edit

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