MASSENA -- Dr. Todd R. Howland is Massena Memorial Hospital’s new director of emergency services and emergency room doctor.
Howland earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine before working 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.
An United States Army veteran, Howland served as a battalion field doctor during his six-month deployment in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his team treated soldiers suffering from some of the most horrific injuries received during the war, MMH said. 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 certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Howland has also worked 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.
An Eagle Scout in his youth, Howland has always wanted to help people, according to MMH’s news release. He successfully led a campaign to purchase a CPR training mannequin for his local EMT unit as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Howland is a member of the Fellowship of College of American Emergency Physicians and the American Medical Association.
“I get great satisfaction being able to relieve a patient’s pain, so they can start to recover in a short time span,” Howland said in a prepared statement from MMH.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Howland joined our staff. He brings a wealth of experience in multiple emergency setting,” MMH CEO Robert Wolleben said in the release. “His addition to our Medical Staff shows our continued commitment to providing highly quality emergency medical care with compassion and empathy.”