Following his graduation from undergraduate school, Dr. Howell attended medical school at Duke University where his passion for caring for children was first formed.
"At Duke, I was surrounded by terrific teachers," Dr. Howell said. "I became interested in inherited metabolic disorders. It was clear these problems were focused in pediatrics. I also became aware that internal medicine, the other discipline I strongly considered, took care largely of older people. In pediatrics you took care of young folks and your work really made an early difference."
Dr. Howell, followed his passion for genetics and pediatrics, and after his pediatric residency he participated in a fellowship in genetics at Duke under the direction of Dr. James B. Wyngaarden. "This sealed my career in Genetics," Dr. Howell said.
In 2007 Dr. Howell was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Duke University Medical Alumni Association.
Pursuing a career path as both a doctor and a geneticist, Dr. Howell also became a teacher and mentor to many young medical students and a skilled administrator who could meld the views of many into an accepted consensus. He has been a leader of many causes, most notably as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
But it is in the field of pediatrics and genetics where Dr. Howell has done the most good.
"Dr. Howell is one of those people who always tries to do the right thing for the right reasons," said Dr. Daniel Armstrong, a professor and associate chair and Director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami.
"And he has also blended a career that has been able to bridge the development of the field of genetics along with the development and transition of the field of pediatrics and children's health. When Rod started his career,
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