NEW YORK (May 13, 2022)—Dr. Denise Howard, a leading obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in gynecological surgery and women’s reproductive health, has been named chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, effective May 1. She is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice President of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Dr. In his new role, Howard will strengthen the full range of world-class women’s health services for women in Brooklyn, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and provide patients with convenient access to exceptional care and leading specialists in their community. The Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic offers comprehensive lifelong health care services, including prenatal and postpartum birth planning, family planning and cancer screening, and treats female reproductive system disorders such as cervical and endometrial cancer, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids and urinary incontinence. pelvic floor. The New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital gives birth to about 5,000 children a year and offers an active midwifery program.
Dr. Howard was previously Head of Gynecology at the Geisinger Health System and Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Danville, Penn.
“Dr. Howard is an accomplished leader in women’s health with extensive experience,” said Dr. Laura Riley, president of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and chief obstetrician and gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center. “With a proven commitment to our patients and trainers, it is an ideal choice for this position and I look forward to working with it as we continue to provide comprehensive health care services for women in Brooklyn.”
As head of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Howard will focus on providing care that is accessible, safe, efficient, effective, patient-centered, timely and equitable. This will be achieved by ensuring appropriate processes to minimize adverse events; the care provided is evidence-based; and measures are being implemented to improve the patient experience. Dr. Howard will also maintain consistency between the services of the OB-GYN department and the services offered by the NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine healthcare systems. Dr. Howard plans to continue to build on the diversity of hospital providers, reflecting the rich diversity of the community.
Dr. Howard is involved in clinical research, having previously focused on pelvic floor problems during childbirth and most recently cervical cancer prevention. “We have many tools to eliminate cervical cancer, including screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, but our progress against the disease has slowed because too many patients do not receive proper screening or follow-up care,” she said. “We need to address the issues that prevent all women from accessing prevention services and make cervical cancer an incident.”
The new role of Dr. Howard means her return to the Weill Cornell Medicine community; From 2015 to 2019, she worked as an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, the Weill Cornell Medicine site in the Middle East, and the first American medical school based outside the United States. Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, a joint venture between Cornell University and the Qatar Foundation, provides patient care and medical education and also conducts biomedical research. Dr. Howard was also a senior nurse at Sidra Medicine, a teaching hospital and research center of the Qatar Foundation that specializes in women’s and children’s health.
About Dr. Denise Howard
Dr. Howard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, followed by a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an internship in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Michigan Medicine.
Dr. Howard was a lecturer, assistant professor, and then an adjunct professor at Michigan Medicine from 1997 to 2005. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Howard holds various roles in Abu Dhabi, UAE as a consultant for Corniche Hospital and Health Plus and then a corporate clinical leader in obstetrics and gynecology for Mediclinic from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, she joined Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and Sidra Medicine, where she worked until her appointment in 2019 as head of gynecology at the Geisinger Health System.
Dr. Howard has co-authored more than 16 articles published in major peer-reviewed journals, including Obstetrics & Gynecology, the International Urogynecology Journal, and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has worked as a reviewer for leading journals in the field and a member of the editorial board of the Physician Leadership Journal. In 2017, she wrote an educational book for women entitled “The Essence of You: Your Guide to Gynecological Health”. Dr. Howard is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of many professional associations, including the Society of Gynecological Surgeons and the American Association of Medical Executives.
She moved to New York City with her husband, a native New Yorker, and their two children.
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