David Howard was appointed Professor of Head and Neck Oncology at Imperial College London in 2008 and remains Honorary Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon at Imperial and UCLH NHS Trust Hospitals, Korle-Bu Hospital, Accra, and
KCMC Hospital, Tanzania.
He trained at Kings College & St George’s Medical School, London, UK. Obtaining a BSc in Physiology 1968, MRCSLRCP 1972, MBBS 1972, FRCSEng,1978 in General Surgery and FRCS(Ed) in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck 1980. He is an Hon. Fellow of The Ghanaian College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
He has published widely on all aspects of head and neck disease He introduced/pioneered endoscopic laser resection of malignancy of the upper aerodigestive tract in the UK and midfacial degloving and craniofacial resection for sinonasal neoplasia.
He has had a long-standing interest in the aetiology and management of laryngotracheal trauma and stenosis, undertaking the first tracheal homograft in the UK. He initiated the first multidisciplinary group in basic and clinical research on
trauma in the upper airway at the RNTNEH.
He has taken an active interest throughout his career in teaching and training and has been awarded ‘Clinical Teacher of the Year’ awards from University College London, and a national lifetime teaching award from ENT-UK. As a result of his work on the Postgraduate National Diploma in ENT for General Practitioners, he was made an Honorary Professor, Middlesex University in 2006.
He has been an invited Visiting Professor to many centres in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa. He has trained over thirty international fellows and has worked regularly in Africa for over twenty years at the Korle-Bu Hospital in Ghana
and seven years at the KCMC Hospital in Tanzania.