Heidi Román, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is also the Medical Director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health System of Texas. Her clinical and research interests include the provision of high quality primary care services for vulnerable child populations, the integration of medical and mental health services, and the evaluation of resilience and well-being in a variety of populations.

Dr. Román earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. Prior to joining UT Southwestern Medical Center, she spent six years as an attending pediatrician at a federally qualified health center in San Jose, California, with a faculty appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Román is also passionate about her role as a clinician educator. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Ambulatory Care Clerkship at UT Southwestern Medical School. She is heavily involved in the education of learners of varied disciplines in both didactic and clinical settings.

Dr. Román is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Pediatrics Society, and the Academic Pediatric Association. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care; as well as the Council on Communications and Media. She serves on the Texas Pediatrics Society Committee on Foster Care and Committee on Medical Education.

She has provided expert testimony to the Texas State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and has provided input to a variety of statewide task forces regarding issues related to the health of children in foster care, and the impact of toxic stress and trauma on the well-being of children.

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2000-2004)
  • Residency - UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland (2005-2007), Pediatrics
  • Internship - UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (2004-2005), Pediatrics
  • Chief Resident - UC San Francisco/Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (2007-2008), Pediatrics
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2003)
  • AAP Council on Communications and Media (2012)
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2015)
Honors & Awards
  • Dr. H. James Sallach Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Medical School 2003, Outstanding 3rd year student with career interest in primary care
  • Kerry Spooner-Dean Award, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland 2007, Outstanding commitment to advocacy and community outreach
  • Outstanding Service Award 2014, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1
Books & Publications
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Quality primary care for foster and other at-risk children

Leaders in Clinical Excellence video: Dr. Heidi Roman