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Rebecca J. Howell, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical

Director of the UC Health Swallowing Center, Program Director Fellowship in Laryngology

Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery | College of Medicine

  • Fellowship: Georgia Regents University (Laryngology)
  • Residency: George Washington University (Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery)
  • Medical Degree: Drexel University
  • Bachelor's Degree: University of Michigan
Board Certifications & Licenses

American Board of Otolaryngology (Certification Date: 2015-06-01) - (Recertification Date: 2025-06-30)

Contact Information

Clinical Interests


Voice Disorders

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis

Subglottic Stenosis

Swallowing Disorders

Vocal fold paralysis

Vocal fold polyps

Zenker Diverticulum

Peer Reviewed Publications

Epperson M.V.;Howell R. 12-01-2019. Dysphagia lusoria: Problem or incidentaloma? Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 27 6, 448-452

Howell R.J.;Giliberto J.P.;Harmon J.;Masch J.;Khosla S.;Postma G.N.;Meinzen-Derr J. 12-01-2019. Open Versus Endoscopic Surgery of Zenker’s Diverticula: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Dysphagia, 34 6, 930-938

Howell R.J.;Webster H.;Kissela E.;Gustin R.;Kaval F.;Klaben B.;Khosla S. 12-01-2019. Dysphagia in Parkinson’s Disease Improves with Vocal Augmentation Dysphagia, 34 6, 862-868

Howell R.J.;Pate M.B.;Ishman S.L.;Isseroff T.F.;Rubin A.D.;Soliman A.M.;Postma G.N.;Pitman M.J. 12-01-2016. Prospective multi-institutional transnasal esophagoscopy: Predictors of a change in management Laryngoscope, 126 12, 2667-2671

Redmann A.J.;White G.D.;Makkad B.;Howell R. 12-01-2016. Asystole from direct laryngoscopy: A case report and literature review Anesthesia Progress, 63 4, 197-200

Howell R.;Romeo S.;Myer C.;Bowen M.;Khosla S. 11-01-2017. The lasso technique for endoscopic suture lateralization in bilateral vocal fold immobility Laryngoscope, 127 11, 2604-2607

Howell R.;Solowski N.;Belafsky P.;Courey M.;Merati A.;Rosen C.;Weinberger P.;Postma G. 11-01-2014. Microdebrider complications in laryngologic and airway surgery Laryngoscope, 124 11, 2579-2582

Howell R.;Postma G. 10-30-2017. Framework surgery Neurolaryngology, , 145-158

Howell R.;Schopper M.;Giliberto J.;Collar R.;Khosla S. 10-01-2018. Office-based esophageal dilation in head and neck cancer: Safety, feasibility, and cost analysis Laryngoscope, 128 10, 2261-2267

Jaryszak E.;Shah R.;Howell R.;Rossi C.;Bauman N.;Preciado D. 10-01-2010. Unexpected pathologies in pediatric parotid lesions: Management paradigms revisited Laryngoscope, 120 SUPPL. 3,

Tang A.;Miller A.;Hauff S.;Myer C.;Takiar V.;Howell R.;Mark J. 05-01-2019. Maternity and paternity leave in otolaryngology residency training in the United States Laryngoscope, 129 5, 1093-1099

Baldassari C.;Howell R.;Amorn M.;Budacki R.;Choi S.;Pena M. 04-01-2011. Complications in pediatric deep neck space abscesses Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 144 4, 592-595

Jaryszak E.;Shah R.;Bauman N.;Howell R.;Rossi C.;Preciado D. 04-01-2011. Unexpected pathologies in pediatric parotid lesions: Management paradigms revisited International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 75 4, 558-563

Gelbard A.;Anderson C.;Berry L.D.;Amin M.R.;Benninger M.S.;Blumin J.H.;Bock J.M.;Bryson P.C.;Castellanos P.F.;Chen S.C.;Clary M.S.;Cohen S.M.;Crawley B.K.;Dailey S.H.;Daniero J.J.;De Alarcon A.;Donovan D.T.;Edell E.S.;Ekbom D.C.;Fernandes-Taylor S.;Fink D.S.;Franco R.A.;Garrett C.G.;Guardiani E.A.;Hillel A.T.;Hoffman H.T.;Hogikyan N.D.;Howell R.J.;Huang L.C.;Hussain L.K.;Johns M.M.;Kasperbauer J.L.;Khosla S.M.;Kinnard C.;Kupfer R.A.;Langerman A.J.;Lentz R.J.;Lorenz R.R.;Lott D.G.;Lowery A.S.;Makani S.S.;Maldonado F.;Mannion K.;Matrka L.;McWhorter A.J.;Merati A.L.;Mori M.C.;Netterville J.L.;ODell K.;Ongkasuwan J.;Postma G.N.;Reder L.S.;Rohde S.L.;Richardson B.E.;Rickman O.B.;Rosen C.A.;Rutter M.J.;Sandhu G.S.;Schindler J.S.;Schneider G.T.;Shah R.N.;Sikora A.G.;Sinard R.J.;Smith M.E.;Smith L.J.;Soliman A.M.S.;Sveinsdóttir S.;Van Daele D.J.;Veivers D.;Verma S.P.;Weinberger P.M.;Weissbrod P.A.;Wootten C.T.;Shyr Y.;Francis D.O. 01-01-2020. Comparative treatment outcomes for patients with idiopathic subglottic stenosis JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 146 1, 20-29

Vamosi B.E.;Mikhail L.;Gustin R.L.;Pielage K.C.;Reid K.;Tabangin M.E.;Altaye M.;Collar R.M.;Khosla S.M.;Giliberto J.P.;Howell R.J. 01-01-2020. Predicting No Show in Voice therapy: Avoiding the Missed Appointment Cycle Journal of Voice, ,

Epperson M.;Gouveia C.J.;Tabangin M.E.;Takiar V.;Howell R.;Altaye M.;Ishman S.L.;Tang A.L. 01-01-2019. Female Representation in Otolaryngology Leadership Roles Laryngoscope, ,

Gustin R.;Pielage K.;Howell R.;Khosla S.;Giliberto J. 01-01-2019. Increased Interval From Initial Evaluation to Initial Voice Therapy Session is Associated With Misse Journal of Voice, ,

Howell R.;Edelmayer L.;Postma G. 01-01-2019. The Utility of Flexible Esophagoscopy During Open Hypopharyngeal (Zenker's) Diverticulum Surgery Laryngoscope, ,

Johnson C.;Howell J.;Mettenburg D.;Rueggeberg F.;Howell R.;Postma G.;Weinberger P. 01-01-2016. Mechanical Modeling of the Human Cricoid Cartilage Using Computer-Aided Design: Applications in Airw Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 125 1, 69-76

Myer C.;Howell R.;Cohen A.;Willging J.;Ishman S. 01-01-2016. A Systematic Review of Patient- or Proxy-Reported Validated Instruments Assessing Pediatric Dysphagi Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), 154 5, 817-823

Howell R.J.;Postma G.N. 01-01-2014. Neopharyngeal diverticulum Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 93 8, 297

Whigham A.;Howell R.;Choi S.;Peña M.;Zalzal G.;Preciado D. 01-01-2012. Outcomes of balloon dilation in pediatric subglottic stenosis Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 121 7, 442-448