Dr. Howe received his undergraduate degree at Yale and his M.D. at Columbia. He completed an internship at Harlem Hospital and his residency in Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He attended Rutgers University Law School and then received his law degree at Catholic University. Dr. Howe joined the USUHS faculty in 1977 and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Director of Programs in Medical Ethics, and Senior Scientist, Center for the study of Traumatic Stress, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His research has focused on medical ethics with an emphasis on ethics in military medicine and clinical care at the end of life.
Dr. Howe’s professional contributions stem primarily from his interests in ethics. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Clinical Ethics and has served as a member of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, and Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center Ethics Committees, as well as the Ethics Committees at Montgomery Hospice, the Visiting Nurse Association, Springfield Psychiatric Hospital, the V.A. Hospital of Washington, DC, and the National Institutes of Health. He is Chair of the human use Institutional Review Board at USUHS, and the Ethics Subcommittee of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces.
Dr. Howe is past Chair of International Health Law Committee of the International Law Section of the American Board Association, a past appointee to the Governor’s Commission of Health Care Policy and Financing for the State of Maryland, and present Liaison Member of the International Section of the American Bar Association and the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. He is or has been a consultant at NIH, OTA, HHS, FDA, the Institute of Medicine, the US Public Health Service, the National Science Foundation and NASA. He is a member of the CIA IRB and has been a member of the American Red Cross IRB and several other IRB’s. He is on the Editorial Board and/or a reviewer for numerous publications, including NEJM and JAMA. He is currently President of the Academy of Medicine in Washington, DC.