Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard, MD, MS

Administrative Chief Resident, General Surgery Residency


Dr. Ryan Howard is a general surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. During his time as a resident, Ryan has developed a clinical interest in minimally invasive surgery, including hernia repair and bariatrics. Academically, his research interests are broadly related to improving the quality and safety of surgical care. He has been involved in local and statewide quality improvement initiatives involving preoperative patient optimization, evidence-based postoperative opioid prescribing, and perioperative health behavior change. He also conducts health services research examining national trends in patient outcomes following bariatric surgery and hernia repair. During his Academic Development Time, he obtained a master’s degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, served as Creative Director for Annals of Surgery, and was a fellow at the Center for Healthcare Policy and Outcomes. After residency, he plans to pursue a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery.


  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan, 2006
  • Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, 2017