Dr. Paul Howard is a graduate Cum Laude from Georgetown University in Biology (1975) and Medicine (1979). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona and fellowship in Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Howard has been involved in private practice in Phoenix and Paradise Valley since 1984 and has participated as a clinical investigator in numerous clinical research trials developing new therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. He is currently president of Arthritis Health, Ltd, an integrated medical practice dedicated to the care of adults and children with arthritis,
metabolic bone and autoimmune disorders.
As a teacher, he has helped train interns and residents in the Phoenix-area training programs in rheumatology and has developed nationally recognized courses concerning rheumatology care.
As an active volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation since arriving in Phoenix, he helped develop the local Juvenile Arthritis Support Group in the 1980s, has been a board member of the Arthritis Foundation, Southwest Chapter since 1986. He completed a three year term as Chairman of the Board in spring 2004 and is now serving on as the chairman of the Fundraising Subcommittee for the National Arthritis Foundation.
He is currently the Governor of the American College of Physicians, Arizona Chapter.
Notes on Dr. Lakin:
Born in Michigan, but raised in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area, Dr. Lakin earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1983. Graduating first in his class of 6,000 as a Philosophy major in the Honor’s Program, he was the recipient of the Mouer Award for outstanding scholarship. He was the first person in the history of ASU to earn a coveted spot at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, entering in the fall of 1983.
Originally intending to become a medical research scientist, Dr. Lakin developed a greater interest in patient care. Inspired by his father, Dr. Mervyn Lakin and Sir William Osler, the founder of modern internal medicine and first Chief of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he focused on clinical medicine.
After completing his medical school training from Hopkins in 1987, Dr. Lakin performed his Internship and Residency in Internal medicine at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics, among the premier Internal Medicine programs in the country. Dr. Lakin excelled to the highest levels of clinical scholarship, achieving among the highest scores in the country on his Internal Medicine Board Examinations.
With his training complete, Dr. Lakin joined his father in practice in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lakin senior retired. Dr. Douglas Lakin continues his practice in the tradition of his excellent training, and provides the quality of patient care established by his father before him.