Todd R. Howland, M.D., FACEP, recently joined the medical team of Massena Memorial Hospital as a Director of Emergency Services and an Emergency Room Doctor.
Dr. Howland earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine before serving as an Emergency Room Physician for three years at the Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. He completed an Emergency Medicine Internship and Residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood Texas.
“I get great satisfaction being able to relieve a patient’s pain, so they can start to recover in a short time span,” the Emergency Room physician said.
Dr. Howland, an United States Army veteran, served as a battalion field doctor during his six-month deployment in the Middle East during Iraqi Freedom. He and his team treated soldiers suffering from some of the most horrific injuries received during the war. When he returned from deployment he used his medical skills to treat emergency room patients at Fort Drum, Carthage Area Hospital, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Lewis County General Hospital, Faxton St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica and Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont.
He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Howland served as Associate Director and later Chief of the Emergency Room at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Lewis County General Hospital in the last 10 years.
An Eagle Scout in his youth, Howland has always wanted to help people. He successfully led a campaign to purchase a CPR training mannequin for his local EMT unit, as part of his Eagle Scout project. As a member of his local fire department’s rescue squad in his late teens he taught a CPR course after completing a course as well. His decision to enter the medical field was cemented after spending what he calls a “phenomenal experience” during which he spent one weekend shadowing an emergency room doctor before graduating high school.
Howland is a member of the Fellowship of College of American Emergency Physicians and the American Medical Association.
MMH Chief Executive Officer Robert Wolleben noted that Howland’s extensive background in providing emergency medicine care to patients in small to moderate size hospitals showcases MMH’s desire to ensure Seaway Valley residents receive the best medical care possible.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Howland joined our staff. He brings a wealth of experience in multiple emergency setting,” Wolleben said. “His addition to our Medical Staff shows our continued commitment to providing highly quality emergency medical care with compassion and empathy,”
In the winter months Dr. Howland enjoys snowmobiling, the rest of the year he is an avid bicyclist. He also enjoys camping and spending time with his family.