Dr. Howell earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in New York in 1962 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the New York Medical College in 1966. Following an internship, he served as Captain in the Medical Services Corps of the United States Army and Chief of the Preventative Medical Division at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
After completing a preventive medicine residency in Palm Beach County, Dr. Howell earned a Masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has served in numerous public health positions in Florida, including that of State Health Officer and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.
Dr. Howell joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine as Chair of the Department of Rural and Underserved Medicine in 1999. Currently he is also an Assistant Dean for Professional Relations and a Professor of Public Health. He coordinates and supervises the clinical rotations undertaken by students in underserved communities throughout the United States and globally. He teaches courses in rural medicine, lectures in public health and organizes educational programs that address unique aspects of rural and global medicine.
Dr. Howell played a key role in the founding of the Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness at Nova Southeastern University. The center was recognized as one of five national centers funded in part by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Dr. Howell became a founding member of the Florida Public Health Institute, now the Florida Institute for Health Innovation, and has served on its board since its inception, including terms as chair.
Dr. Howell served two terms as a member and chair of the Glades General Hospital and its replacement, Lakeside Medical Center, and is Vice-Chair of the Palm Beach County Health Facilities Authority. He also serves on the Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council of the Florida Department of Health and is chair of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network. He has been a long time member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, is a past President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services and is a past Chair of the Project Access Leadership Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is chair if the society’s Council on Medical Education. Dr. Howell serves as a delegate to the Florida Medical Association and has been a member of the Florida Public Health Association for many years.
In 2009, Dr. Howell was selected as the recipient of the South Florida Business Journal’s Excellence in Health Care Awards Lifetime Achievement award and has received numerous other awards throughout his career.