Robert J. Romanelli

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Research Leader
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; M.P.H. in epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.S. in biology, St. John's University


Rob Romanelli (he/him) is a research leader at RAND Europe focusing on health and wellbeing. Prior to joining RAND, he led a health services research portfolio at a not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in the United States.

Romanelli's work has focused on evaluating healthcare system policies, programs, and interventions designed to improve the quality and safety of care delivery. He is broadly interested in the intersection of healthcare delivery, health policy, public health, and health equity. In addition to his research, he served as an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco, lecturing in both the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Romanelli has more than 10 years’ experience working with diverse research partners and clients ranging from U.S. federal agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. His research has leveraged quantitative and qualitative methods, including systematic and scoping literature reviews, retrospective database analyses, interviews, surveys, and key-stakeholder engagement activities, to synthesize evidence and inform policy decisions. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

Romanelli RJ, Azar KMJ, S Sudat, Hung D, Frosch D, Pressman AR, "The Learning Health System in Crisis: Lessons from the Novel Coronavirus Disease Pandemic," Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes, 5(1), 2021

Azar KMJ, Shen Z, Romanelli RJ, Robinson S, Brown S, Smits K, Lockhart SH, Pressman AR, "Disparities in Outcomes among COVID-19 Patients in a Large Health Care System in California," Health Affairs, 39(7), 2020

Segal JB, Onasanya O, Daubresse M, Lee CY, Moechtar M, Pu X, Sutcher SK, Romanelli RJ, "Determinants of Generic Drug Substitution in the United States," Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, 54(1), 2020

Chung S, Huang Q, LaMori L, Doshi L, Romanelli RJ., "Patient-Reported Experiences in Discussing Prescribed Medications with a Health Care Provider: Evidence for Racial/Ethnic Disparities in a Large Health Care Delivery System," Population Health Management, 23(1), 2020

Marcum ZA, Huang HC, Romanelli RJ, "Statin Dosing Instructions, Medication Adherence, and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol: A Cohort Study of Incident Statin Users," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 34(11), 2019