NorthShore Logo

NorthShore Plastic Surgery
847.504.2300

Michael A. Howard, MD

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem
501 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062
847.504.2300
847.504.2305 fax

 

EDUCATION

1989-1993
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
1993-1997
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Doctor of Medicine

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

1997 - 2003
Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Scott Spear, Program Director
2003 - 2004
Microsurgery/Breast Surgery Fellowship
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Dr. Peter Cordeiro, Division Chief

BOARD CERTIFICATION

2006
Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery

MEDICAL LICENSURE

State of Illinois
036-112806
State of New York
228884 (Inactive)
District of Columbia
MD 31617 (Inactive)
Commonwealth of Virginia
0101058514 (Inactive)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2009- Present
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
2007-Present
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
2005-2009
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS


2012-Present
Associate Program Director
Plastic Surgery Residency Program
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

2005
Department of Surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem
2013       
River North Surgery Center
Chicago, Illinois 
 

COMMITTEES



2014-Present
Physician Communication Task Force
NorthShore University HealthSystem
2008-2013
Surgical Quality Committee
NorthShore University HealthSystem
2009-2011
Specialty Leadership Committee
NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group
2009-2010
Physician Communication Portal Task Force
2007-2008
Department of Surgery Faculty Search Committee
ENH and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine   
1999-2003   
Graduate Medical Education Committee, Georgetown University

HONORS AND AWARDS

2007
Martin R. Sullivan Teaching Award
Northwestern University Division of Plastic Surgery
2005
Best Clinical Paper, Resident/Fellow Competition
21st Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
2003
Resident Teacher of the Year
Division of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University
2003
Alpha Omega Alpha, Georgetown University
1996
Walter H. Lemmond Award, Sigma Pi Fraternity International
1993
Byron R. Lewis International Award Nominee, Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Sigma Pi Fraternity International
1990
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society,
Illinois Wesleyan University
1990
Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Academic Honorary Society,
Illinois Wesleyan University

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

2015
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
2007
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
2007
Illinois State Society of Plastic Surgeons

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2013-Present
Journal of Surgical Oncology
Manuscript Reviewer
2007-Present
Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Breast Section, Manuscript Reviewer

COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES

2009-Present   
LEAP Foundation
Medical Mission Volunteer
Instructor, Surgical Disaster Response Team

2007 -Present
Bright Pink Member, Board of Directors
Expert Panel Member
www.BeBrightPink.org

UNIVERSITY TEACHING ROLES

2012-Present   
Associate Program Director
Section of Plastic Surgery
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
2009-Present   
Clinical Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
2005-2009   
Team Educational Coordinator
Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery
NorthShore Hospitals Rotation
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
2007-Present   
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rosalind Franklin University, College of Health Professions
2007-Present
Clinical Preceptor
Western Michigan University
Physician Assistant Department
College of Health and Human Services
2012-Present   
Clinical Preceptor
Midwestern University
Physician Assistant Studies Program

RESEARCH GRANTS

2014
Microsurgery Skills Acquisition/Training Program
Department of Surgery
NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI)
$5,000
2011   
A review of Tutoplast-derived allograft use in breast reconstruction
Principle Investigator
Bard Corporation
$30,000
2007   
The prospective study of nipple-sparing mastectomy: oncologic and reconstructive outcomes.
Principle Investigator
ENH Breast Program Concept/Pilot Award
The Auxiliary of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
$50,000

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • A Retrospective Study of Pain Control Using ExparelTM vs Bupivacaine Pain Pump in Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction
    Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH14-045

  • The Prospective Study of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Oncologic and Reconstructive Outcomes
    Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH08-094 – closed to accrual

  • Use of Rat Models for Training of Microsurgical Technique
    Principle Investigator
    IRB # EH14-047

  • Outcomes of Ventral Hernia Repair: A retrospective review of open, laparoscopic and abdominal reconstruction techniques
    Co-Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH09-473

  • The establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive data registry for breast surgeries.
    Co-Investigator
    IRB# EH88-077

PAST RESEARCH

  • Allomax/Neoform in Breast Reconstruction
    Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH11-100
    Closed 2013

  • A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, comparison study of the safety and efficacy of a once-daily dose of tigecycline versus ertapenem for the treatment of foot infections in subjects with diabetes.
    Co-Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH06-291
    Closed to enrolment 2008
  • MemoryGel Implant Post-Approval Study Protocol #P030053
    Principle Investigator
    IRB# EH07-099
    Closed to enrollment 2009

SCHOLARLY WORK

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS/PUBLICATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)

  1. Butz D, Shenaq DS Rundel VL, Kepler B, Liederbach E, Thiel J, Pesce C, Murphy GS, Sisco M and Howard MA. Post-operative Pain and length of Stay Lowered by Use of Exparel TM in Immediate, Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction. Plas Recon Surg- GO. Accepted for publication.
  2. Yao K, Liederbach E, Tang R, Lei L, Czechura T, Winchester DJ, Sisco M, Howard MA, Hulick P, Winchester DJ, Coopey SB, Smith BL. Nipple Sparing Mastectomy in Known BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers: An Interim Analysis and Review of the Literature. Ann Surg Onc.  15 July, 2014, Epub ahead of print. (PMID 25023546)
  3. Rundell V, Beck, RT, Wang, CE, Gutowski KA, Sisco, M, Fenner, G and Howard, MA. Complication Prevalence Following Use of Tutoplast-Derived Human Acellular Dermal Matrix in Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction:  A Retrospective Review of 203 Patients. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 67:10, 1345-51, October 2014. (PMID 24917371)
  4. Howard, MA, Asmis, R, Evans, KK, Mustoe, T. Oxygen and Wound Care: A Review of Current Therapeutic Modalities and Future Direction. Wound Repair & Regeneration. 21:503-11, 2013. (PMID 23756299)
  5. Sisco M, Du H, Warner JP, Howard MA, Winchester DP, and Yao K: “Have We Expanded the Equitable Delivery of Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction in the New Millennium? Evidence From the National Cancer Data Base.” J Am Coll Surg. 215(5):658-66, 2012.
  6. Kryger, Z, Dumanian, G and Howard, MA.  Safety issues in combined gynecologic and plastic surgical procedures.  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 99(3): 257-264, 2007.
  7. Mindea, SA, Kaplan, K, Howard, MA and O’Leary, ST.  Granular cell tumor involving the axillary nerve: an unusual occurrence.  Neurosurgical Focus.  22(6):E24, 2007.
  8. Howard, MA, Polo, K, Hidalgo, DA, Pusic, AL, Cordeiro, PG, Hidalgo, DA, Mehrara, PG, and Disa, JJ.  Breast Cancer Local Recurrence after TRAM Reconstruction:  Incidence and Treatment Options.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  117(5):1381-1386, 2006.
  9. Howard, MA and Mehrara, B.  Emerging Trends in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction:  Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator (DIEP) and the Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator (SGAP) Flaps.  International Journal of Surgery.  3: 53-60, 2005.
  10. Howard, MA, Cordeiro, PG, Disa, J, Samson, W, Gonen, M, Schoelle, RN, and Mehrara, B.  Free tissue transfer in the elderly: incidence of peri-operative complications following microsurgical reconstruction of 197 septuagenarians and octogenarians.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  116(6): 1659-1668, 2005.
  11. Goodwin SJ, McCarthy CM, Pusic AL, Bui D, Howard MA, Disa JJ, Cordeiro PG and Mehrara BJ.  Complications in smokers after postmastectomy tissue expander/implant breast reconstruction.  Annals of Plastic Surgery.  55(1): 16-19, 2005.
  12. Kilgo, MS, Howard, MA, Kaplan, G, Rabbani, F, Scardino, PT, and Cordeiro, PG.  Evaluation of genitofemoral nerve donor site morbidity after radical prostatectomy.  Annals of Plastic Surgery.  55: 57-61, 2005.
  13. Spear, SL, Howard, MA, Boehmler, JH, Ducic, I, Low, M, and Abbruzzesse, MR.  The infected or exposed breast implant: management and treatment strategies.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  113: 1634-1644, 2004.
  14. Howard, MA, Davison, SP, and Piorkowski, JR.  Iliac crest donor defect: Avoiding the limp.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  113: 659-663, 2004.
  15. Hess, CL, Howard, MA, Attinger, CE.  A review of mechanical adjuncts in wound healing: hydrotherapy, ultrasound, negative pressure therapy, hyperbaric oxygen and electrostimulation.  Annals of Plastic Surgery.  51: 210-218, 2003.
  16. Spear, SL and Howard, MA.  Vertical reduction mammaplasty: past, present, and future.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  112: 855-869, 2003.
  17. Howard, MA, Lee, C, and Dellon, AL.  Documentation of brachial plexus compression (in the thoracic inlet) utilizing provocative neurosensory and muscular testing.  Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 19: 303, 2003.
  18. Spear, SL, Slack, C, and Howard, MA.  Post-mastectomy reconstruction of the previously augmented breast.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  107:1167-1176, 2001.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Howard MA and Dickie SR. “Comprehensive Trunk Anatomy” in David H. Song and Peter C. Neligan,  Eds., Plastic Surgery: Volume 4: Trunk and Lower Extremity, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012.
  2. Spear, SL, Clemens, MW and Howard, MA.  “Considerations of Previous Augmentation in Subsequent Breast Reconstruction” in Scott L. Spear, Ed., Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art, 3rd Edition.
  3. Sisco, M and Howard, MA. Chapter 21.  “Management of Exposed and Infected Orthopedic Prostheses” in Zol B. Kryger and Mark Sisco, Eds.,  Practical Plastic Surgery,  Landis Bioscience, Austin, Texas 2007.
  4. Gurjala, A and Howard, MA. Chapter 3.  “Dressings” in Zol B. Kryger and Mark Sisco, Eds., Practical Plastic Surgery, Landis Bioscience, Austin, Texas, 2007.
  5. Kryger, ZB and Howard, MA. Chapter 2.  “Basic Concepts in Wound Repair” in Zol B. Kryger and Mark Sisco, Eds., Practical Plastic Surgery,  Landis Bioscience, Austin, Texas, 2007.
  6. Spear, SL and Howard, MA.  Chapter 63.  “Breast Reconstruction in Previously Augmented Patients” in Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art.  2nd Edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

PROCEEDINGS and NON-REFEREED PAPERS

  1. Butz D, Shenaq DS Rundel VL, Kepler B, Liederbach E, Thiel J, Pesce C, Murphy GS, Sisco M and Howard MA. Abstract 37: Pain Control Using Liposomal Bupivacaine vs Bupivacaine Pain Pump and a Control Group in Implant Based Breast Reconstruction Patients. Plas Recon Surg. 135(4S):1196, April 2015.
  2. Howard, MA, Polo, K, Hidalgo, DA, Cordeiro, PG, Mehrara, PG, and Disa, JJ.  Breast Cancer Local Recurrence after TRAM Reconstruction:  Incidence and Treatment Options.  Plastic Surgery Forum.  2004.

SOFTWARE, WEB-BASED PUBLICATIONS, EXHIBITS, AUDIO/VISUAL OR OTHER TEACHING MATERIAL

  1. “Development of a Laboratory Based Training Curriculum for Microsurgery.” Association for Surgical Education, Seattle, WA, April, 2015.

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS/PANELIST

  1. “Pain Control Using Liposomal Bupivacaine vs Bupivacaine Pain Pump and a Control Group in Implant Based Breast Reconstruction Patients”.  American Association of Plastic Surgeons. 94th Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, April 2015
  2. “Incorporating Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) into your practice,” ASPS Instructional Course, Chicago, IL, October 2014.
  3. Global Disaster Preparedness Conference; ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams & Relief International; Teaching Faculty and speaker; Addison, TX, June 7-8, 2013.
  4. “New Plastic Surgery Practice: Getting the Ball Rolling” ASPS Senior Residents Conference, December 2012.
  5.  “Recent Advances in Breast Reconstruction: Implants, Perforator flaps, Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and the Breast-Q.” National Society of Genetic Counselors, 31st Annual Conference, Boston, MA, October 24-27, 2012.
  6. “Incorporating Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) into your practice,” ASPS Instructional Course, New Orleans, LA, October 2012.
  7. “Incorporating Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) into your practice, ASPS Instructional Course, Denver, CO, October 2011.
  8. “Incorporating Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) into your practice, ASPS Instructional Course, Toronto, Canada, October, 2010.
  9. “MRSA and MSSA in Patients Undergoing Plastic Surgery: Prevalence in 3779 Patients and Implementation of a Surveillance and Surgical Site Infection Reduction Protocol”. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Seattle, WA, October 2009.
  10. “In Depth: Mastectomy & Implants.”  3rd Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer. Conference on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Tampa, Florida.  May 2008.
  11. “Free tissue transfer in the elderly: incidence of peri-operative complications following microsurgical reconstruction of 197 septuagenarians and octogenarians.”  Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Naples, Florida, January 2005. 
  12.  “Breast Cancer Local Recurrence After TRAM Reconstruction.”  American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2004.
  13. “Breast Cancer, Mammography & the Augmented Patient” Georgetown Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, June 2003.
  14. “Soft Tissue Reconstruction During External Fixation for Charcot Foot and Ankle Disorders.” American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, January 2003.
  15. “Salvage of the Infected or Exposed Breast Implant: A Management and Treatment Algorithm.”  Poster Presentation, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, San Antonio, Texas, November 2002.
  16. “Soft Tissue Reconstruction During External Fixation for Charcot Foot and Ankle Disorders.”  Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 2002.
  17. “Diagnosis and Documentation Before and After Neurolysis and Scalenectomy for Brachial Plexus Compression (TOS).”  American Society for Peripheral Nerve, Cancun, Mexico, January 2002.

 

INVITED SPEAKER/PRESENTATIONS - LOCAL

  1. Breast Reconstruction Update.” Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds, NorthShore University HealthSystem, January 29, 2014.
  2. “Haiti: A Nation in Crisis.” Inaugural NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Mission Symposium, January 2011.
  3. “New Plastic Surgery Techniques in Breast Reconstruction: Perforator Flaps and Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy.”  Cancer Registrars of Illinois, 2010 Annual Meeting, September 24, 2010
  4. “Surgical Intervention for Wound Closure”, Practical Wound Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, June 5, 2010.
  5. “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Basic Science and Clinical Indications”  Midwest Symposium of Radiation Therapists.  September 19, 2009.
  6. “Plastic Surgery: What’s new?”  Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds. NorthShore University HealthSystem. February 26, 2009.
  7. “Debridement.”  22nd Annual Vascular Nursing Conference.  Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  November 9, 2007. 
  8. “Breast Augmentation and Mammography: An Update” Division of Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, Northwestern University, December 2005
  9. “Complex Wound Management: Current Strategies in Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention”, Northbrook, IL, November 10, 2005
  10. “Plastic Surgery: Past, Present, & Future.”  Glenview Park District Senior Center, October 12, 2005
  11. “Free tissue transfer in the elderly: incidence of peri-operative complications following microsurgical reconstruction of 197 septuagenarians and octogenarians.”  Division of Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, Northwestern University, May 2005
  12. Current Concepts in Wound Care.”  Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, May 2005.
  13. “Vertical Reduction Mammaplasty – Should you be doing it?” Georgetown Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, February 2002.
  14.  “VAC Apparatus for Wound Closure in the Trauma Patient.”  Critical Care Forum Lecture, Inova Fairfax Hospital, August, 2001.

Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Logo

Copyright © 2015 NorthShore University HealthSystem. All Rights Reserved | Policies & Procedure

All photos on this website are protected by copyright and may not be copied, linked, or redistrubuted in any form.