Adam Howard, MD, ScM

Adam Howard

Undergraduate School
The University of Texas at Dallas

Graduate School

Brown University

Medical School
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Interests and Career Goals

Human thriving, child & adolescent psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, Islamic bioethics, Muslim mental health, Taekwondo

Favorite Pastimes

Gardening, writing, teaching, playing with my son

Strengths of the Program

1) My favorite aspect of training at Duke is being surrounded by intensely passionate, authentic people.

2) The culture of inclusion at Duke is tangible. People here look and act differently and are celebrated for it. I continue to be surprised by the extent to which vulnerability and enthusiasm are welcomed here, and by how much I learn from the genuine self-expression of my peers, patients, and teachers.

3) Wellness goes beyond a set of initiatives in our department; it is a value. I've lost count of how many times program leadership have randomly checked in to see how I'm doing and of how many times attendings have offered to share work so that I could spend time learning, being with patients, accessing healthcare, or getting home on time to my family. 

Areas of Prior Research

Neuro-oncology, cellular senescence, vagus nerve stimulation


  • Varone, G.; Hussain, Z.; Sheikh, Z.; Howard, A.; Boulila, W.; Mahmud, M.; Howard, N.; Morabito, F.C.; Hussain, A. Real-Time Artifacts Reduction during TMS-EEG Co-Registration: A Comprehensive Review on Technologies and Procedures. Sensors 2021, 21, 637. :
  • Howard, A. (2020, July 21). Our Authentic Selves (R. Kowalsky & S. Platt, Eds.). Retrieved July 23, 2020, from :
  • Masum Rahman, Ian Edward Olson, Moustafa Mansour, Lucas P. Carlstrom, Rujapope Sutiwisesak, Rehan Saber, Karishma Rajani, Arthur E Warrington, Adam Howard, Mark Schroeder, Sisi Chen, Paul A. Decker, Yi Zhu, Ian F. Parney, Sandeep Burma, Desmond Brown, Moses Rodriguez, Jann N. Sarkaria, James Kirkland, Terry Burns, Eliot F. Sananikone (2020). Selective Vulnerability of Senescent Glioblastoma Cells to Bcl-XL Inhibition bioRxiv 2020.06.03.132712; doi: :
  • Howard, Adam, "Impacts of Referral Methodology on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening" (2018). Gateways to Medicine, Health Care, and Research. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.
  • Ali, L., Khelil, K., Wajid, S. K., Hussain, Z. U., Shah, M. A., Howard, A., . . . Hussain, A. (2017). Machine learning based computer-aided diagnosis of liver tumours. 2017 IEEE 16th International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC). doi:10.1109/icci-cc.2017.8109742

Poster Presentations

  • Workshop: Applications of Taekwondo Philosophy to Medical Education and Practice. Kern National Network Conference, Milwaukee WI, September 2022. Presenters: Adam Howard, Eric Grewal, Ericka Grewal, Fatima Islam

  • A Case of Non-traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Leptomeningeal Metastatic Melanoma Authors: Eseosa Ighodaro, Adam Howard, Rafid Mustafa, Catherine Arnold. (2021)

  • An Implantable Paradigm to Catalyze Translation for Low Grade Gliomas  Authors: Karishma Rajani, Luke Carlstrom, Joshua Jacobs, Slobodan Macura, Matthew Hainy, Ian Olson, Adam Howard, Masum Rahman, Jann Sarkaria, and Terry C. Burns;

  • Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Forum, Rochester, MN, October 2018 Poster: Impacts of Referral Methodology on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening