Dr. Denise Howard Named Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Howard will enhance the full spectrum of world-class women’s health services in Brooklyn.

Dr. Denise Howard, a leading obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in gynecologic surgery and women’s reproductive health, has been appointed chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, effective May 1. She is also an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and vice chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine.

In her new role, Dr. Howard will enhance Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s full spectrum of world-class women’s health services in Brooklyn, providing patients with convenient access to exceptional care and leading specialists right in their community. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive health care services across a woman’s lifetime including prenatal and postpartum childbirth services, family planning and cancer screenings, and treats disorders of the female reproductive system, such as cervical and endometrial cancers, abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids and urinary incontinence and pelvic floor conditions. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital delivers about 5,000 babies annually and offers an active midwifery program.

Dr. Howard was previously chief of gynecology at 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 a wealth of experience in this field,” said Dr. Laura Riley, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “With a proven commitment to her patients and to trainees, she is the ideal choice for the position, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to provide comprehensive women’s health care services in Brooklyn.”

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Howard to lead obstetrics and gynecologic care,” said Robert Guimento, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. “Dr. Howard’s dedication to providing access to the very best health care throughout a woman’s life will be an invaluable asset to the hospital and the Brooklyn community.”

“I’m honored to join NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine,” Dr. Howard said. “I look forward to serving the community and providing high-quality care so all patients feel their needs have been met, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or orientation. I also look forward to supporting our residency program so that our graduates receive comprehensive clinical training.”

As chief of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Howard will focus on delivering care that is accessible, safe, efficient, effective, patient-centered, timely and equitable. This will be achieved by making sure that appropriate processes are in place to minimize adverse events; the care provided is evidence-based; and measures are implemented to enhance the patient experience. Dr. Howard will also maintain alignment between the department’s OB-GYN services and those offered throughout NewYork-Presbyterian’s health care system and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Howard plans to continue to build upon the diversity of providers at the hospital, reflecting the community’s rich diversity.

Dr. Howard engages in clinical research, with a previous focus on pelvic floor problems arising from childbirth, and most recently, cervical cancer prevention. “We have many tools to eliminate cervical cancer, including screening and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, but our progress against the disease has slowed as too many patients don’t receive the proper screening or follow-up care,” she said. “We need to address the issues preventing all women from accessing preventive services and make cervical cancer a never-event.”

Dr. Howard’s new role marks her return to the Weill Cornell Medicine community; from 2015 to 2019 she served as an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, a location of Weill Cornell Medicine in the Middle East and the first American medical school established outside the United States. A joint venture between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar provides patient care and medical education, as well as conducts biomedical research. Dr. Howard was also a senior attending physician at Sidra Medicine, Qatar Foundation’s teaching hospital and research center specializing in women’s and children’s health.

About Dr. Denise Howard

Dr. Howard received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, followed by a medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Michigan Medicine.

Dr. Howard was a lecturer, assistant professor and then adjunct professor at Michigan Medicine from 1997 to 2005. Beginning in 2010, Dr. Howard held various roles in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as a consultant for Corniche Hospital and Health Plus and then the corporate clinical lead in obstetrics and gynecology for Mediclinic from 2013 to 2015. She joined Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and Sidra Medicine in 2015, where she served until her appointment in 2019 as chief of gynecology at the Geisinger Health System.

Dr. Howard has co-authored more than 16 articles published in notable, peer-reviewed journals, including Obstetrics & Gynecology, the International Urogynecology Journal and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has served as a reviewer for leading journals in the field and as a member of the editorial board for the Physician Leadership Journal. In 2017, she authored an educational book for women called “The Essence of You: Your Guide to Gynecologic Health.” Dr. Howard is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of numerous professional associations including the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

She has relocated to New York City with her husband, a native New Yorker, and their two children.

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