Dr. Denise Howard appointed Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital | Writing
NEW YORK (May 13, 2022)—Dr. Denise Howard, a leading obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in gynecological 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 assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and vice chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine.
In her new role, Dr. Howard will enhance the full range of world-class women’s health services at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, providing patients with convenient access to exceptional care and health care specialists. prominent in their community. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive health care services throughout a woman’s life, including prenatal and postpartum delivery services, family planning and cancer screening, 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 a year and has an active midwifery program.
Dr. Howard was previously chief 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 the field of women’s health and has extensive experience in this area,” said Dr. Laura Riley, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and obstetrician and chief gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.” With a proven commitment to her patients and trainees, she is the ideal choice for the position, and I look forward to working with her as we continue to provide comprehensive health care services to women in Brooklyn.”
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Howard to lead obstetrics and gynecology care,” said Robert Guimento, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. “Dr. Howard’s dedication to providing access to the best health care throughout a woman’s life will be an invaluable asset to the hospital and the Brooklyn community.
“I am honored to join NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine,” said Dr. Howard. “I look forward to serving the community and providing high quality care so that all patients feel their needs have been met, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic 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 providing accessible, safe, efficient, effective, patient-centered, timely and equitable care. This will be achieved by ensuring that appropriate processes are in place to minimize adverse events; the care provided is evidence-based; and measures are implemented to improve the patient experience. Dr. Howard will also maintain alignment between the department’s OB-GYN services and those offered throughout the health care system of NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Howard plans to continue to build on the diversity of providers at the hospital, reflecting the rich diversity of the community.
Dr. Howard engages in clinical research, with a previous focus on pelvic floor problems arising from childbirth and, more 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 because too many patients are not getting screening or proper follow-up care,” she said. “We must tackle the issues that prevent all women from accessing preventive services and make cervical cancer an unprecedented event.
Dr. Howard’s new role marks his return to the Weill Cornell Medicine community; from 2015 to 2019, she was Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, a Weill Cornell Medicine location in the Middle East and the first American medical school established outside the United States. A joint venture between Cornell University and the 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, the Qatar Foundation teaching hospital and research center specializing in women’s and children’s health.
About Dr. Denise Howard
Dr. Howard received his 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 her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in urogynaecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at Michigan Medicine.
Dr. Howard was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and then Assistant Professor at Michigan Medicine from 1997 to 2005. From 2010, Dr. Howard held various positions in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as a consultant for the Corniche Hospital and Health Plus, then Corporate Clinical Manager 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 as chief of gynecology at the Geisinger Health System.
Dr. Howard has co-authored over 16 articles published in renowned peer-reviewed journals, including Obstetrics & Gynecology, the International Urogynecology Journal, and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has been 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 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 moved to New York with her husband, a New York native, and their two children.
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has provided exceptional medical care to surrounding communities for over 130 years. Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the 591-bed University Hospital is part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Health System, which includes ten hospital campuses in the Greater New York area. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #7 in the nation and #1 in New York by US news and world report. Affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including specialties such as cancer and cardiac care, advanced and minimally invasive surgery, neuroscience, orthopedics and women’s health. In 2021, the hospital opened the Center for Community Health, a world-class ambulatory care center where leading specialists from Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, working collaboratively under one roof, combine clinical approaches innovations and state-of-the-art technology to provide exceptional, comprehensive care to the Brooklyn community. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is also home to a Commission on Cancer-accredited program offering the most advanced and innovative approaches to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive services. The hospital is home to centers of excellence for bariatric surgery and breast imaging, and is a New York State-designated stroke center. For more information or to find a doctor, please call 718-499-2273 or visit nyp.org/brooklyn.
Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the training of future physicians in New York and around the world. The physicians and scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine – faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization – are committed to world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connects patients with the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side Science Corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine’s powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent Cornell University; in Qatar, where Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar offers a medical degree from Cornell University; and programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Weill Cornell Medical School provides exemplary patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Weill Cornell Medicine is also affiliated with Houston Methodist. For more information, visit weill.cornell.edu.