Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Howell’s specialties as an orthopaedic surgeon are hand surgery, and surgery of the hand and wrist. He graduated with distinction from Kenyon College and received his M.D. from Ohio State University College of Medicine, followed by his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. After completing his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery, Dr. Howell became an instructor in the hand fellowship program, and in the orthopaedic residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was a practicing orthopaedic hand surgeon on the staff of Spectrum Orthopaedics (Canton, Ohio) from 1997 until 2006, when he joined Shoreline Orthopaedics. Dr. Howell is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Howell is affiliated with both Holland Hospital (Holland, Michigan) and Corewell Health Zeeland Hospital (Zeeland, Michigan). He is currently accepting new patients.

Education, Certifications & Affiliations

Undergraduate Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio)
Medical Education
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1987, Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Henry Ford Hospital, 1992, (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Hand and Microvascular Surgery, 1993, Hand Center of Western New York, Millard Fillmore Hospital (Buffalo, New York)
Academic Appointments
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, 1993-1997, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Instructor, 1993-1997, Hand Fellowship and Orthopaedic Residency Programs (Buffalo, New York)
Other Certifications
  • Surgery of the Hand, 1998, Certificate of Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand
Board Certification
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1995, Recertified 2003
Honors and Awards
  • Graduated with Distinction, Kenyon College, 1983
  • Involved in several research projects (clinical and basic science) while in academic practice.
  • Co-author, 1997, chapter on “Physiology of Skin Flaps & Grafts in the Hand,” Hand Clinics.
  • Co-author, 1996, 1997, “Surgical Principles,” textbook in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, Clayton, Peimer, Editor: McGraw Hill Publications, Vol. 1.
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • AAOS – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • ASSH – American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Hospital Affiliations
  • Holland Hospital
  • Corewell Health Zeeland Hospital