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Howell Named Chairman of Internal Medicine at Howard University


Charles D. Howell, M.D.

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2013) – Charles D. Howell, M.D., AGAF, has been appointed chair of the Howard University Department of Internal Medicine, effective Feb. 10, 2014.

As chair, Howell will be responsible for overseeing all academic, clinical and research activities of the department, as well as directing a new interdisciplinary viral hepatitis program that will work to reduce the burden of hepatitis in the Washington metropolitan area. Prior to becoming chair of the department, Howell served as a professor of medicine with tenure and director of hepatology research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“Dr. Howell has an outstanding record of leadership and experience and will play a vital role in transforming the largest academic department in Health Sciences,” said Dr. Mark S. Johnson, Dean of the College of Medicine. “He is a skilled and respected physician with the knowledge and vision to advance the Department of Internal Medicine’s mission of providing high-quality patient-centered care and training future clinicians.”

Johnson added, “We would like to thank Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett for her service as interim chair.”

Howell earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed an internship in family medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham followed by an internal medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. Howell went on to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC). Additionally, he served on the faculty staff at UCHSC before joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 1994.

Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Howell has had a long-standing research interest in racial disparities in liver diseases, with a focus on chronic hepatitis C virus and primary liver cancer. From 2000-2007, Howell chaired the steering committee for the study of viral resistance to antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C. He was one of eight principal investigators for this NIH-sponsored study, which investigated the basis for the lower efficacy of interferon and ribavirin therapy for hepatitis C in African Americans as compared to white Americans.

From 2011-2013, he co-chaired the National Medical Association’s Task Force on Hepatitis C in African Americans. Most recently, Howell was a panelist addressing U.S. health policy and research innovations at the second commemoration of World Hepatitis Day at The White House. Howell is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Transplantation Society and the Association for Academic Minority Physicians. He has been a member of numerous National Institutes of Health research study sections and has served on the editorial boards of Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Current Hepatology Reports and the World Journal of Gastroenterology.


About Howard University:

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, please call 202-238-2330 or visit our website at

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Over the course of its 150-year history of providing the finest primary, secondary and tertiary health care services, Howard University Hospital has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center. A private, nonprofit institution, HUH offers medical students a superior learning environment and opportunities to observe or participate in groundbreaking clinical and research work with professionals who are changing the face of health care. Washingtonian and Black Enterprise magazines have identified physicians affiliated with the hospital as leaders in a vast range of specialties.

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