Dr. Howard graduated from Duke University with an AB in Biology and then completed her medical degree at Brown University. While a medical student she was awarded a March of Dimes fellowship to do research at the Whitehead Institute, an affiliate of MIT. An internship in internal medicine at Salem Hospital was followed by an ophthalmology residency at the Yale School of Medicine where she was Chief Resident and was awarded the Marvin Sears Award for Clinical excellence in Ophthalmology in 1991. After a Retina fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, she practiced for several years as a retina surgeon. Subsequently she completed a second fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Duke University. She is a Principal Investigator for studies in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, serves on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and is a Liaison for the Status of Women in Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and member of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Howard believes educating the next generation of physicians is as important as clinical practice, reflected by teaching Yale medical students for many years and serving as a Clinical Instructor at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center for Yale ophthalmology residents from 2005-2016 prior to joining the Department of Ophthalmology. In addition, she has been an invited lecturer and surgeon in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, and volunteer strabismus surgeon in Quito, Ecuador. She is driven to help children achieve their best visual potential to succeed in their lives by treating patients with amblyopia, genetic disorders, eyelid capillary hemangiomas, performing procedures for blocked tear ducts and dermoid cysts, and surgical correction of strabismus in children. She is also compelled to help adults regain their independence by treating debilitating diplopia with non-surgical and surgical solutions.