Cesarino Romano

Cesarino Romano (1924 – 2008) was an Italian paediatrician.

Paediatrician with clinical and research activity focused on cystic fibrosis, endocrine and metabolic pathologies.

Eponymously affiliated with Romano-Ward Syndrome which he described in 1963, independent of Owen Conor Ward (described 1964)


  • Born 5 July 1924 Voghera, Italy
  • 1952 – Graduated in Medicine, University of Pavia
  • 1958 – Appointed Paediatrician, University of Genoa
  • 1972 – Appointed Professor of Paediatrics
  • 1976-1996 – Director of Paediatric department, University of Genoa
  • Died 23 April 2008

Medical Eponyms

Romano-Ward Syndrome (1963)

Congenital (autosomal dominant) long QT syndrome (LQTS). Unlike Jervell-Lange-Nielsen, there is no congenital hearing loss present. Multiple genetic mutations identified linked to cardiac potassium and beta-adrenergic channels.

Independently described in 1963 by Cesarino Romano, Italian Paediatrician, and in 1964 by Irish paediatrician Owen Conor Ward. Both reported an autosomal dominant long-term QT syndrome, later known as Romano-Ward syndrome.


Romano and Ward are forever bound by their eponym but did they get on? The answer is yes! Ward recently speaking of Romano said ‘We remained good friends until his death

Major Publications


eponymictionary CTA


the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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