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N Scott Howard, MD, MBA

N Scott Howard, MD, MBA



95 Ratings 21 Reviews



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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Seeing New Patients As Soon As: Monday, Jun 26


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  • Director, Voice, Airway and Swallowing Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

N. Scott Howard, MD is a board-certified head and neck surgeon specializing in airway, voice and swallowing problems – offering complex surgical and minimally invasive office procedures. He and his family were excited to move to Cleveland to become a member of the University Hospitals team and part of the Cleveland community.

Dr. Howard graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and initially served in the United States Army as an armor officer in the 1st Cavalry Division. Although he loved working directly with troops, he had a calling to serve the military as a physician. Following medical school at the University of Florida, he went to Washington, DC, to begin his residency in otolaryngology at the famed Walter Reed Army Medical Center during the time period of the greatest casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF). While caring for soldiers returning from war with massive head and neck trauma, Dr. Howard realized that the Army did not have a specialist trained in voice and airway reconstruction. At the conclusion of his residency he moved to Los Angeles, California, to begin a two-year fellowship in reconstructive airway surgery with Dr. Gerald S. Berke at UCLA. During this two year fellowship in laryngology/head & neck surgery at UCLA, he honed his diagnostic and surgical skills within the subspecialty of laryngology, voice disorders, and broncho-esophagology. He rounded out his clinical and leadership capabilities with an Executive MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Following his fellowship, Dr. Howard led the Eyes-Ears-Nose & Throat Division at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Although he was already a regional referral point for several colleagues in the local area, the Army quickly moved him to the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). SAMMC is the Department of Defense’s largest medical treatment facility and has the highest acuity and volume of any hospital in our military health system. There he focused his practice on diseases of the larynx and aero-digestive tract with treatment of military members, their families, retirees, and veterans. He cared for patients with airway stenosis, head & neck cancer, spasmodic dysphonia (a neurologic disorder of the larynx) referred from around the world. He also treated patients with swallowing disorders and other tumors of the larynx or neck. He later moved to Tacoma, Washington, to initiate a similar laryngology practice at Madigan Army Medical Center and also cared for patients with complex obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Howard enjoys his role as an academic otolaryngologist, teaching residents and medical students both the art and the science of medical practice. His research interests focus on the treatment of trauma to the larynx, tumors of the larynx, laryngeal biomechanics, laryngeal imaging, neurolaryngology and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr. Howard is passionate about minimally invasive surgical options for laryngeal cancer in order to return patients to health quickly. He has a simple philosophy of patient care that was passed to him from his medical school mentors – treat every patient as if they were your close relative or friend. He’ll carefully explain your diagnosis and treatment options in terms you, so your family can understand and discuss quality of life and the medical/surgical options available.


  • 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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Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood, OH 44122

Westlake HC Bldg A Ste 2460

960 Clague Rd
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Seidman Cancer Center

2075 Healthway Dr
Avon, OH 44011

Patient Experience Reviews

4.7 out of 5

95 Ratings

Patient Comments (21)

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Howard is an excellent doctor, great communicator, and caring person who does not put patients in a "box" but considers the whole person in treatment.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
I liked Dr. HOWARD and his staff very professional.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Staff and Dr. Howard very considerate and polite

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
Dr. Howard is thorough, patient, and kind.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr Howard is one of the best doctors I see.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
I saw Dr. Howard about a long term non-critical health consideration I have. He reviewed previously done tests, did an examination and discussed options with me. He was very thorough, explained the pros and cons of the options and did a great job. I would recommend him to others.

Reviewed On 1/1/2023

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Dr. Howard was incredibly patient and precise from A to Z

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Doctor Nelson is a excellent Physician.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Excellent physician and phenomenal care from team

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Howard was thorough with answering questions and offering options for me with addressing my sleep apnea since cpap was no longer working and eventually deciding upon doing Inspire.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
The Doctor and staff were excellent. ***

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr. Howard and his staff are amazing. His care and kindness is amazing. The speech therapist is great too. Everyone of the staff are great. So happy I got to be Dr Howard's patient.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
I was well pleased with Dr Howard.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr Howard was excellent dr rakowski was to

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Excellent first visit. Not rushed. Dr Howard explained exam procedure before doing it. Very thorough.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
My experience with the provider was very good. He was a very nice person that really listened!

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Everything was awesome all the care was great

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr Howard, his therapist and staff are the kindest, most respectful team I have ever met. Wow, what a team!

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
I feel very comfortable seeing Dr. Howard. I called for an appointment that day and was able to get in right away. My wait was for another patient. When he came in my exam room, I had all of his attention and he took care of me right away. He examed the issue I was having, talked me through it and gave me the medication prescription for it as well. Dr. Howard has always been patient and explains things throughly. Any questions I may have is there to give me the answer so that I will understand it clearly. I have really enjoyed working with him.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Always a good experience

Certifications & Memberships

  • 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)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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