Cynthia R. Howard, M.D., M.P.H.

Cynthia R. Howard, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Rochester General Hospital
1425 Portland Avenue
Box 238
Rochester, NY 14621

Office: (585) 922-3926
Fax: (585) 461-1231

Research Bio

Dr Howard focuses the majority of her research on infant nutrition, breastfeeding and human lactation. Dr. Howard is the deputy editor of the journal Breastfeeding Medicine, a member of the health advisory board of La Leche League International and on the editorial board of Birth. She is a past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and senior advisor to the board of directors.
Dr Howard has served as principal investigator in several research studies on clinical breastfeeding issues, and authored many research papers and book chapters. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

Her research includes a clinical study designed to evaluate Vitamin D nutrition during lactation focusing on optimizing health outcomes for mothers and their infants. Additionally, she is an investigator on a community based project funded by the National Institutes of Health focusing on improving breastfeeding initiation and duration in the greater Rochester area through community partnerships.

Awards & Honors (Local)

La Leche League International Outstanding Performance Award 2015
Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals 2010 - 2013
La Leche League International Outstanding Performance Award 2009
March of Dimes Physician Service Award, Rochester, NY 2005
Nominee Ella Hollister Social Work Award, Rochester General Hospital 2005
Best Doctors in Pediatrics 2003 - 2015
Fellow Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 2002 - Present
Election to Society for Pediatric Research 2001
Participant ('new leader') Rochester Child Health Congress 1999
Election to the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation 1999
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 1997
Physician of the Year, Upper Savannah Health District of South Carolina 1990
Nominee for Physician of the Year Award South Carolina, Department of Health and Environmental Control 1990
Outstanding Senior Resident Pediatrics, Greenville Hospital System 1985
Phi Beta Kappa | University of Colorado 1975

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Jul
Dozier AM, Brownell E, Guido J, Yang H, Howard CA, Doniger A, Ossip D, Lawrence R. "Adapting the pregnancy risk assessment monitoring survey to enhance locally available data: methods." Maternal and child health journal. 2014 Jul; 18(5):1196-204.
2014 Mar
Dozier AM, Nelson A, Brownell EA, Howard CR, Lawrence RA. "Patterns of postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone administration among low-income mothers." Journal of women's health. 2014 Mar; 23(3):224-30. Epub 2014 Jan 20.
Brownell EA, Lussier MM, Dozier AM, Howard CR, Fisher SG, Duckett JW, Lawrence RA, Fernandez ID. "The discordance between planned use and actual receipt of immediate postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone among low-income women." Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 2014 9(6):290-3. Epub 2014 Jun 03.
2013 Jun
Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Fisher SG, Howard CR, Ternullo SR, Lawrence RA, Duckett JW, Dozier AM. "The effect of immediate postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone on early breastfeeding cessation." Contraception. 2013 Jun; 87(6):836-43. Epub 2012 Nov 12.
2013 May
Dozier AM, Howard CR, Brownell EA, Wissler RN, Glantz JC, Ternullo SR, Thevenet-Morrison KN, Childs CK, Lawrence RA. "Labor epidural anesthesia, obstetric factors and breastfeeding cessation." Maternal and child health journal. 2013 May; 17(4):689-98.


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1997
MD | Medicine | University of Colorado Health Science Center1981
BA | Biology | University of Colorado1975

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Pediatrics at Greenville Health Systems07/01/1983 - 06/30/1986
Internship in Pediatrics at University of South Carolina School of Medicine07/01/1981 - 06/30/1982