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.

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)

Character HistoryEdit


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

Later on in season 9, Romano was fired from his Chief of Staff position by Dr. Ansbaugh. Dr. Kerry Weaver took over and offered Romano the position of Chief of the ER. During that time, he fired senior nurses Lydia, Connie, and Yosh.


After Romano's amputation, he got a robotic arm. He was Chief 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 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.


In the flash back episode of season 15, Dr. Romano appeared talking with Dr. Greene by Trauma 1 about his chemotherapy. 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.


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, Lucy went to his house to ask Romano to perform a life-saving surgery, as he was the only one with the skills to save the patient. He refused due to wanting to spend his Christmas undisturbed, so Lucy dressed him down. Due to his position as Chief of Staff and Lucy only being a medical student, this act impressed 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 Dr. Corday and, despite their best efforts, Lucy 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, furiously throwing a surgical instrument and even experiences a moment of denial, convinced he can save her. He regains his composure when Corday is able to calm him down.