Jose Rafael Romero, MD

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Jose Romero
617.638.7772
75 E. Newton St Collamore Building

Biography

Dr. Romero completed residency training in neurology at Boston University Medical Campus and fellowship training in vascular neurology at Boston University Medical Campus. He received his medical degree from the Escuela Cololmbiana de Medicina in Colombia. He also completed studies for a Master in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Romero is an active investigator in the Framingham Heart Study since 2006.

Research Interests
Dr. Romero’s research interests center on the study of cerebrovascular disease in subclinical stages, prevention of stroke, cognitive impairment and dementia and use of neuroimaging in the epidemiological study of cerebrovascular disease. His focus is in the interplay of cerebrovascular disease with the neurodegenerative process, and contributions to clinical stroke and dementia. Much of his current work centers on the epidemiological study of brain MRI markers of cerebral small vessel disease, their determinants and clinical consequences. As a board-certified neurologist and vascular neurologist, his clinical interests are in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with stroke, with particular emphasis in racial minority populations. He runs a stroke prevention clinic and is an active member in the Stroke Unit at Boston Medical Center. He is the site PI of several clinical trials for acute stroke treatment and secondary prevention. He has written widely on stroke, cerebrovascular disease in subclinical stages, and epidemiology of stroke and dementia. He has participated as study section reviewer in the NIH- and has obtained grant funding from NIH-NIA for his research support. Dr. Romero has presented the results of his research widely at national and international level and has been invited to participate in several international consortia of experts in cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Romero has contributed significantly to our understanding of cerebral microbleeds in the general population and is now leading the study of enlarged perivascular spaces in the Framingham Heart Study cohorts.

Other Positions

  • Framingham Heart Study

Education

  • Escuela Colombiana de Medicina, MD

Classes Taught

Publications

  • Published on 9/12/2019

    Charidimou A, Frosch MP, Salman RA, Baron JC, Cordonnier C, Hernandez-Guillamon M, Linn J, Raposo N, Rodrigues M, Romero JR, Schneider JA, Schreiber S, Smith EE, van Buchem MA, Viswanathan A, Wollenweber FA, Werring DJ, Greenberg SM. Advancing diagnostic criteria for sporadic cerebral amyloid angiopathy: Study protocol for a multicenter MRI-pathology validation of Boston criteria v2.0. Int J Stroke. 2019 Sep 12; 1747493019855888. PMID: 31514686.

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  • Published on 7/29/2019

    Pase MP, Himali JJ, Aparicio HJ, Romero JR, Satizabal CL, Maillard P, DeCarli C, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Plasma total-tau as a biomarker of stroke risk in the community. Ann Neurol. 2019 Sep; 86(3):463-467. PMID: 31271449.

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  • Published on 5/14/2019

    Aparicio HJ, Himali JJ, Satizabal CL, Pase MP, Romero JR, Kase CS, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. Temporal Trends in Ischemic Stroke Incidence in Younger Adults in the Framingham Study. Stroke. 2019 Jun; 50(6):1558-1560. PMID: 31084341.

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  • Published on 4/22/2019

    Romero JR. May 2019 Highlights. Stroke. 2019 May; 50(5):1045. PMID: 31371838.

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  • Published on 2/26/2019

    Smith EE, Biessels GJ, De Guio F, de Leeuw FE, Duchesne S, Düring M, Frayne R, Ikram MA, Jouvent E, MacIntosh BJ, Thrippleton MJ, Vernooij MW, Adams H, Backes WH, Ballerini L, Black SE, Chen C, Corriveau R, DeCarli C, Greenberg SM, Gurol ME, Ingrisch M, Job D, Lam BYK, Launer LJ, Linn J, McCreary CR, Mok VCT, Pantoni L, Pike GB, Ramirez J, Reijmer YD, Romero JR, Ropele S, Rost NS, Sachdev PS, Scott CJM, Seshadri S, Sharma M, Sourbron S, Steketee RME, Swartz RH, van Oostenbrugge R, van Osch M, van Rooden S, Viswanathan A, Werring D, Dichgans M, Wardlaw JM. Harmonizing brain magnetic resonance imaging methods for vascular contributions to neurodegeneration. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2019 Dec; 11:191-204. PMID: 30859119.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Yakushiji Y, Wilson D, Ambler G, Charidimou A, Beiser A, van Buchem MA, DeCarli C, Ding D, Gudnason V, Hara H, Imaizumi T, Kohara K, Kwon HM, Launer LJ, Mok V, Phan T, Preis SR, Romero JR, Seshadri S, Srikanth V, Takashima Y, Tsushima Y, Wang Z, Wolf PA, Xiong Y, Yamaguchi S, Werring DJ. Distribution of cerebral microbleeds in the East and West: Individual participant meta-analysis. Neurology. 2019 Mar 05; 92(10):e1086-e1097. PMID: 30709966.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Huang Y, Ting PY, Yao TM, Homma T, Brooks D, Katayama Rangel I, Adler GK, Romero JR, Williams JS, Pojoga LH, Williams GH. Histone demethylase LSD1 deficiency and biological sex: impact on blood pressure and aldosterone production. J Endocrinol. 2019 Feb 01; 240(2):111-122. PMID: 30400034.

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  • Published on 1/16/2019

    Chauhan G, Adams HHH, Satizabal CL, Bis JC, Teumer A, Sargurupremraj M, Hofer E, Trompet S, Hilal S, Smith AV, Jian X, Malik R, Traylor M, Pulit SL, Amouyel P, Mazoyer B, Zhu YC, Kaffashian S, Schilling S, Beecham GW, Montine TJ, Schellenberg GD, Kjartansson O, Guðnason V, Knopman DS, Griswold ME, Windham BG, Gottesman RF, Mosley TH, Schmidt R, Saba Y, Schmidt H, Takeuchi F, Yamaguchi S, Nabika T, Kato N, Rajan KB, Aggarwal NT, De Jager PL, Evans DA, Psaty BM, Rotter JI, Rice K, Lopez OL, Liao J, Chen C, Cheng CY, Wong TY, Ikram MK, van der Lee SJ, Amin N, Chouraki V, DeStefano AL, Aparicio HJ, Romero JR, Maillard P, DeCarli C, Wardlaw JM, Hernández MDCV, Luciano M, Liewald D, Deary IJ, Starr JM, Bastin ME, Muñoz Maniega S, Slagboom PE, Beekman M, Deelen J, Uh HW, Lemmens R, Brodaty H, Wright MJ, Ames D, Boncoraglio GB, Hopewell JC, Beecham AH, Blanton SH, Wright CB, Sacco RL, Wen W, Thalamuthu A, Armstrong NJ, Chong E, Schofield PR, Kwok JB, van der Grond J, Stott DJ, Ford I, Jukema JW, Vernooij MW, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, van der Lugt A, Wittfeld K, Grabe HJ, Hosten N, von Sarnowski B, Völker U, Levi C, Jimenez-Conde J, Sharma P, Sudlow CLM, Rosand J, Woo D, Cole JW, Meschia JF, Slowik A, Thijs V, Lindgren A, Melander O, Grewal RP, Rundek T, Rexrode K, Rothwell PM, Arnett DK, Jern C, Johnson JA, Benavente OR, Wasssertheil-Smoller S, Lee JM, Wong Q, Mitchell BD, Rich SS, McArdle PF, Geerlings MI, van der Graaf Y, de Bakker PIW, Asselbergs FW, Srikanth V, Thomson R, McWhirter R, Moran C, Callisaya M, Phan T, Rutten-Jacobs LCA, Bevan S, Tzourio C, Mather KA, Sachdev PS, van Duijn CM, Worrall BB, Dichgans M, Kittner SJ, Markus HS, Ikram MA, Fornage M, Launer LJ, Seshadri S, Longstreth WT, Debette S. Genetic and lifestyle risk factors for MRI-defined brain infarcts in a population-based setting. Neurology. 2019 Jan 16. PMID: 30651383.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Satizabal CL, Samieri C, Davis-Plourde KL, Voetsch B, Aparicio HJ, Pase MP, Romero JR, Helmer C, Vasan RS, Kase CS, Debette S, Beiser AS, Seshadri S. APOE and the Association of Fatty Acids With the Risk of Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and Mortality. Stroke. 2018 12; 49(12):2822-2829. PMID: 30571417.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Romero JR. Highlights of Selected Articles. Stroke. 2018 Jul; 49(7):1584. PMID: 31391658.

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