R. Rodney Howell, MD, FAAP, FACMG

R. Rodney Howell

Title: Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics, Emeritus
Company: University of Miami
Location: Coconut Grove, Florida, United States

Rodney Howell, emeritus professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Miami, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatric medicine.

Dr. Howell is a renowned pediatrician and geneticist best known for his research in genetic testing and newborn genetic screening. Considered one of the pillars of the field, he has been named as one of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s 30 Rare Disease Heroes and been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the March of Dimes, the American College Medical Genetics Foundation, Duke Medical School and the International Society of Neonatal Screening, in addition to the American College of Genetics and Genomics’ highest honor, the Michael Watson Innovation Achievement Award.

Dr. Howell holds a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College and earned a Doctor of Medicine at Duke University in 1957. He remained active at the university until 1959 to complete his medical residency and a one-year fellowship in pediatrics before beginning his career as a clinical associate at the National Institutes of Health. From 1964 until 1972, Dr. Howell served as an associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and a surgeon with the U.S. Public Health Service, from which he departed to accept appointments as the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School and a consulting pediatrician at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, as well as chair of the medical board and pediatrician-in-chief at the University Children’s Hospital at Hermann.

In 1989, Dr. Howell became a professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he remained active until he earned emeritus status in 2003. While teaching at the University of Miami, he served as the chief of pediatrics and president of medical staff at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center and built research partnerships with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the National Practitioner Data Bank, among others. He has been extensively published in professional journals, and was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he sits on the Committee on Genetics. Since 2011, Dr. Howell has been a member of the Hussman Institute of Human Genomics at the University of Miami, and retains his focus on research and advocacy for the role of neonatal genomic testing in the management of rare pediatric diseases.

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