Dr. Howard is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York. He earned his bachelors degree at Berea College in 1969, his masters degree at Purdue University in 1972, and his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1976. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado and served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Georgia and South Carolina. Dr. Howard was in private practice and on the faculties of the University of South Carolina Medical School and Medical University of South Carolina before moving to Rochester in 1991. Prior to becoming a Division Director at Strong Memorial Hospital in May, 2000, he was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Howard established the first center in upstate New York dedicated to the treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain.

Dr. Howard is an internationally-recognized expert on chronic pelvic pain in women, and is senior editor of the textbook Pelvic Pain: Diagnosis and Management, published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers on pelvic pain, endometriosis, and laparoscopic surgery. His areas of research interest are chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic laparoscopic surgery (especially its role in endometriosis and pelvic pain).

Dr. Howard is one of the three founders of the International Pelvic Pain Society and is the only founder who is still alive. He resigned his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2016, but continues to be active in the society’s activities and mission. He has served on its Board of Trustees of AAGL from 2002-2004, on the Advisory Board of the AA for many years, is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Interstitial Cystitis Association, has been on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy, and is a founding member of The Global Society of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Surgeons. He has served many years on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

Dr. Howard has received a number of honors and awards for his clinical and teaching activities. He established the Scibetta Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
In retirement, Dr. Howard lives on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean when he is not travelling or back in Rochester.

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