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Fred Marion Howard, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 273-3232

Biography

When it comes to caring for chronic pelvic pain in women, Dr. Howard wrote the book. Literally. An internationally-recognized expert, Dr. Howard is senior editor of a definitive textbook on the subject, Pelvic Pain: Diagnosis and Management, published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. Yet in spite of that impressive accomplishment, when asked what he's most proud of in his career he replies that it's the faith his patients place in him. Dr. Howard chose his specialty 20 years ago when he saw that too many women with pelvic pain were not getting the care, or respect, they deserved. Today, he's the doctor of last resort for many. His philosophy of care can be summed up in two words. Collaboration and persistence. He believes in his patients' own assessment of their symptoms and encourages them to be active in their own care. And, because chronic pain can take time to control, he makes a pact with patients' he tells them that if they "hang in" with him, he'll "hang in" with them. Dr. Howard is Associate Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties, and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He completed his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1976 and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and holds Certification in Advanced Operative Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the International Pelvic Pain Society and he has served as president and vice president. He is on the Advisory Board of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Howard is the author of numerous scientific papers on pelvic pain, endometriosis, and laparoscopic surgery and has received numerous honors and awards. He also continues to be an active researcher.

Professional Background

Dr. Howard is Associate Chair for Academic Affairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Division of Obstetric/Gynecologic Specialties, and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 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. He was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital, where he established the first center in upstate New York dedicated to the treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain, prior to becoming a Division Director at Strong Memorial Hospital in May, 2000. 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 numerous scientific papers on pelvic pain, endometriosis, and laparoscopic surgery. In collaborative research with his wife he has also co-authored scientific papers on breastfeeding and neonatal circumcision. His current primary areas of research interest are in gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain in women. Dr. Howard is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and holds Certification in Advanced Operative Laparoscopy and Advanced Operative Hysteroscopy by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the International Pelvic Pain Society where he has served as president and vice president. He is on the Advisory Board of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Howard has received a number of honors and awards. He was awarded a National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 1999 and 2007 by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency each year from 1995 to 2000. He was awarded the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics APGO Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993. He received the Residents' Teaching Award from the department of Obstetrics ad Gynecology at the University of Rochester in 1992 and 1993. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Howard's practice is primarily a referral practice for the care of women with chronic pelvic pain or endometriosis, and for advanced operative laparoscopic surgery. Current areas of clinical and research interest: Gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain women.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Education

1969
BA | Berea College
Chemistry

1972
MS | Purdue University
Biochemistry

1976
MD | Vanderbilt Univ Sch Medicine
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1976 - 06/30/1977
Internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center

07/01/1977 - 06/30/1980
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center

Awards

2006 - 2007
Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award
Sponsor: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2006
Speaker of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Sponsor: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Location: Toronto, Canada

1999
Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

1999
Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

1998
Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

1997
Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

1996
Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

1995
Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

1993
Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics APGO Excellence in Teaching Award.

1992
Residents' Teaching Award Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1992
Residents' Teaching Award Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1980
Outstanding Chief Resident Award Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.

1975
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Vanderbilt University.

1968
Perley F. Ayer Memorial Award Berea College.

1967
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Berea College

1967
Austin Scholar Berea College

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Publications

Journal Articles

2/2005
Poleshuck EL, Dworkin RH, Howard FM, Foster DC, Shields CG, Giles DE, Tu X. "Contributions of physical and sexual abuse to women's experiences with chronic pelvic pain." The Journal of reproductive medicine.. 2005 Feb 0; 50(2):91-100.

9/2004
Howard CR, Howard FM. "Management of breastfeeding when the mother is ill." Clinical obstetrics and gynecology.. 2004 Sep 0; 47(3):683-95.

3/2003
Howard CR, Howard FM, Lanphear B, Eberly S, deBlieck EA, Oakes D, Lawrence RA. "Randomized clinical trial of pacifier use and bottle-feeding or cupfeeding and their effect on breastfeeding." Pediatrics.. 2003 Mar 0; 111(3):511-8.

Books & Chapters

2011
Chapter Title: The Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Book Title: Chronic Pelvic Pain
Author List: Howard FM
Edited By: Paolo Vercellini
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell2011 in West Sussex

2010
Chapter Title: Surgical options for pelvic pain
Book Title: Reconstructive and Reproductive Surgery in Gynecology
Author List: Howard FM
Edited By: Victor Gomel & Andrew Brill
Published By: Informa Healthcare2010 in New York

2008
Chapter Title: Chronic Pelvic Pain
Book Title: UpToDate (online)
Author List: Howard, FM
Edited By: Rose, BD
Published By: UpToDate2008 in Waltham

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