Daniel R. Howard, M.D.
Dr. Daniel Howard is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in biology, where he was a member of the cross country and track & field teams. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York City, where he was the Administrative Chief Resident during his final year. He then went on to the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic to complete his Sports Medicine fellowship, where he was part of the medical staff of the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Sparks, and many junior colleges and high schools.
Dr. Howard has written numerous peer-reviewed publications and performed research involving NFL, MLB, MLS, and NWSL athletes. His research interests and projects include injury prevention in youth and adolescent pitchers and athletes, safe return to sport after injury, improving and measuring patient outcomes, and improving surgical techniques.
Dr. Howard treats a wide variety of orthopaedic and sports-related issues of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip. He has particular clinical interests in working with overhead and throwing athletes; knee ligament, meniscus, and cartilage injuries; rotator cuff injuries; shoulder instability and labrum tears; and runners. For more information about orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, and Dr. Howard’s practice, follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @DrHowardSports.
Howard DR, Banffy MB, ElAttrache NS. Hamstring injuries in Major League Baseball pitchers. American Journal of Sports Medicine. In press.
Matava MJ, Howard DR, Polakof L, Brophy RH. Public perception regarding anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 2014 May 21; 96(10): e85. PMID 24875037.
Howard DR, Rubin DA, Hillen TJ, Nissman DB, Lomax J, Williams T, Scott R, Cunningham B, Matava MJ. Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Return to Play Following Syndesmosis (High) Ankle Sprains in Professional Football Players. Sports Health, 2012 Nov; 4(6): 535-543. PMID 24179593.
Current research projects:
The effect of a 6 week hip and core strengthening program on shoulder and elbow forces and pitch velocity in adolescent baseball pitchers.
Strain on the intact and reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament associated with lateral meniscus posterior root tears.
Timing and factors associated with sports specialization among professional soccer players.