Rosemary C Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Pain Practice; Associate Dean for Practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 324 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-0934
Dr. Polomano received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and earned her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1995. She began her career as a staff nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and went on to advance her career by assuming positions as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Oncology and Pain Management. In 1998, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in laboratory research at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Dr. Polomano accepted a position at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine to pursue a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research, investigating Taxol-induced peripheral neuropathy in rats. There, she advanced to the positions of Director, Outcomes Research, Department of Nursing and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Polomano returned to the University of Pennsylvania in August 2004.
She has participated in several national advisory boards and expert scientific panels and grant review committees including serving as an ad hoc member of an NIH study section, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section 7 (2003 to 2006), and member of United Kingdom Multiple Sclerosis (2009 to 2010), Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Defense Medical Research and Development Program, Regenerative Medicine, Pain, Sensory System (CTA-RPS) Study Section
Dr. Polomano has lectured throughout the country and internationally on pain-related topics including the assessment and management of acute and chronic pain. At Penn for many years, she has taught NURS 637 Research Methods and Design, a Masters level course, and NURS 536 Current Topics in Pain, which recently transitioned to an interprofessional pain course, NURS 536 Pain Science and Practice, for nursing, medical and dental medicine students.
Dr. Polomano has been involved with numerous research projects, and has co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed data-based publications. Her research focuses on instrument development and testing of patient-reported outcome measures, advancing the translation of pain science to practice, and care of patients with cancer-related pain and military service members and Veterans experiencing pain from combat-related injuries.
Dr. Polomano has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 30 book chapters. She practices at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she mentors nurses and physicians in research and quality outcomes studies.
Currently Funded Grants
Center for Biobehavioral Research
University of Pennsylvania Health System
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