Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Quality

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Academic Interests

Dr. Howell’s research focuses on the science of healthcare delivery. Specific topic areas have included (1) health care quality, with a particular focus on technical aspects of quality measurement and risk adjustment; (2) quantitative and qualitative assessment of team function, and (3) identification of novel risks for healthcare-acquired complications, particularly with infections and sepsis. He has a particular methodologic focus on risk prediction and adjustment, as well as on using EMR-derived large datasets for high-quality research.


Representative Publications

  1. Howell MD, Novack V, Grgurich P, Soulliard D, Novack L, Pencina M, Talmor D. Iatrogenic gastric acid suppression and the risk of nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection. JAMA Internal Medicine (Arch Intern Med). 2010 May 10;170(9):784-90
  2. Herzig SJ, Howell MD, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Acid-suppressive medication use and the risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. JAMA. 2009 May 27;301(20):2120-8.
  3. Herzig SJ, Howell MD, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Acid-suppressive medication use and the risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. JAMA. 2009 May 27;301(20):2120-8.
  4. Stevens JP, Johansson AC, Schonberg MA, Howell MD. Elements of a high-quality inpatient consultation in the intensive care unit: A qualitative study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2013 Jun;10(3):220-7.
  5. Branch-Elliman W, Wright SB, Howell MD. Determining the ideal strategy for ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention: Cost-benefit analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Jul 1;192(1):57-63.



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