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N Scott Howard, MD, MBA

Specialty: Otolaryngology-Voice/Swallow/Airway

N Scott Howard, MD, MBA
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Director, Voice, Airway and Swallowing Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center



UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106


N. Scott Howard, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon at University Hospitals and an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Specializing in treating patients with voice, throat, airway and swallowing problems, Dr. Howard offers both complex surgical treatments and minimally invasive office procedures to manage a wide range of head and neck diseases and disorders. He joined University Hospitals in 2019 and currently serves as the director of the UH Voice, Airway & Swallowing Center. In his role as an assistant professor, he enjoys teaching residents and medical students both the art and the science of medical practice.

Dr. Howard earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Initially, after graduation, he served as an armor officer in the 1st Cavalry Division but ultimately his calling was to serve the military as a physician. He attended medical school at the University of Florida and went on to complete his residency in otolaryngology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. During his training years, he saw and cared for many soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom with massive head and neck trauma.

At the conclusion of his residency, Dr. Howard moved to Los Angeles, California to begin a two-year fellowship in reconstructive airway surgery with Dr. Gerald S. Berke at the University of California, Los Angeles. During this fellowship, he honed his diagnostic and surgical skills within the subspecialty of laryngology, voice disorders and broncho-esophagology. He further rounded out his clinical and leadership capabilities with an Executive MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Howard took over the Eyes-Ears-Nose & Throat Division at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. The Army, however, quickly moved him to the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) – the Department of Defense’s largest medical treatment facility – where he served as Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology. There he focused his practice on diseases of the larynx and aero-digestive tract, treating military members, their families, retirees and veterans. He cared for patients from around the world with airway stenosis, head & neck cancer, spasmodic dysphonia (neurologic disorder of the larynx) as well as patients with swallowing disorders and other tumors of the larynx or neck. He later moved to Tacoma, Washington to initiate a laryngology practice at Madigan Army Medical Center where he also cared for patients with complex multi-level obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Howard’s research interests focus on the treatment of laryngeal trauma, tumors of the larynx, laryngeal biomechanics, laryngeal imaging, neurolaryngology and spasmodic dysphonia.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including three Meritorious Service Medals and five Army Commendation Medals. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association and serves as President of the Society of Military Otolaryngology.


  • Botox and Surgical Treatment for Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Chronic Cough
  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator for OSA
  • Laryngeal Reconstructive Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Treatment of Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders
  • Reconstruction of Complex Tracheal and Laryngeal Defects
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Surgical Treatment of Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Larynx
  • Surgical Treatment of Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • TransOral Laser Microsurgery (TLM)
  • TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders


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Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Fellowship | Laryngology
Laryngology - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (2008 - 2010)

Residency | Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2004 - 2008)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2003 - 2004)

Other Education
Ucla Anderson School Of Management (2010)

Medical Education
University Of Florida College Of Medicine (2003)

United States Military Academy At West Point (1992)

Languages Spoken


Industry Relationships

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As of December 31, 2016, N Scott Howard did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.