Robert Howard, MD

Robert Howard, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK surgery, medical ophthalmology and glaucoma care. He is a highly experienced LASIK surgeon, having performed countless refractive surgeries since starting his career in ophthalmology.

Before joining St. Luke’s, Dr. Robert Howard was with the U.S. Army for eight years, most recently as Chief of Ophthalmology at Fort Meade in Maryland. Prior to that he served as Chief of Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery at Fort Riley, Kansas, and Co-Chief Resident at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He began his career as an intern at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Dr. Howard completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

In between work and studies, he volunteered at a Humanitarian Mission in Honduras where he performed cataract, pterygium and strabismus surgery on the locals. Additionally, he facilitated and organized access to ophthalmic care for military retirees at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Dr. Robert Howard has had LASIK surgery on his own eyes, so he is very much in tune with the procedure and what to expect before, during and after the procedure from a patient’s perspective.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)


Dr. Howard & his wife Alison are the proud parents of sons Charles and Christopher. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Howard enjoys baseball, skiing and hiking.