Joy Deanna Howell, M.D.

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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Personal Statement

My interest in pediatric critical care was sparked during my residency, when I found myself attracted to the physiologic and pathophysiologic basis of the management of critically ill patients. Since that time my passion for the  care of critically ill children has only grown. Over the years, I have come to consider it a privilege to care for the most precious members of our society  because each patient care encounter represents an opportunity to make a durable impact on families, irrespective of the outcome. 

In addition to the provision of excellent patient care, I am deeply committed to medical education, primarily at the graduate level but I also have teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate level as well. I serve as the Fellowship Program Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship and serve as part of the core teaching faculty for the General Pediatric Residency. 

It is by virtue of my role as a clinician-educator that I continually seek to add value to the Department of Pediatrics and to my patients and colleagues within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

Biographical Info

Dr. Joy Howell is Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life at Weill Cornell Medicine, Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Pediatrics, and professor of clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine.  She is also an attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP Komansky Children's Hospital.  

Dr. Howell received her medical degree (M.D.) at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She returned to New York City to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Following her fellowship training, she served as Site Director for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the former New York Hospital of Queens for five years (presently New York Presbyterian-Queens). 

As a junior faculty member, Dr. Howell enjoyed participating in fellow, resident and medical student education both at Weill Cornell as well as New York Hospital of Queens. She received the Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and 2010. She has served as the Program Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship since 2007. She remains active in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows; her teaching has also come to include PICU nursing staff.

Her research during fellowship involved mechanisms of lung injury, with a special interest in in Asthma and Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure. Since completion of her fellowship, Dr. Howell has contributed or authored publications pertaining to care in the PICU including that surrounding status asthmaticus, status epilepticus, emergency airway management,  and critical illness in oncology and bone transplant patients.  Her present research centers around simulation education and its application to pediatric post graduate education as well as to multidisciplinary education and teamwork training in the pediatric intensive care unit. 

For her commitment to providing excellent patient care and providing team-based education, she was a recipient of the Physician-Of-The-Year Award in 2012.

Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Pediatrics ,Weill Medical College of Cornell University, June 2006
  • Best Doctors in America 2007- Present
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Pediatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University June 2010
  • Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine, 2011
  • Physician of the Year Award, Department of Nursing , New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2012
Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
Clinical Expertise
Status Asthmaticus
Respiratory Failure
Mechanical Ventilation
Simulation Training In Medical Education
  • M.D.
    State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • Associate Attending Pediatrician
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Attending Pediatrician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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