Ryan Howard, MD

Hello All! It feels great to be in Tucson where there are tons of outdoor activities in which to partake! I'm proud to say I grew up as a typical "Navy Brat" who had the distinct pleasure of enjoying southern hospitality while living in Charleston, SC and learning all the extreme sports associated with living in southern California.

I've wanted to become a doctor ever since experiencing my own sports related injuries during high school. During undergrad, I majored in Biology at the University of North Florida, where I was recruited to play Osprey Baseball! I also obtained my EMT certification and started working with a private ambulance service immediately after college graduation. In 2011, I began medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine, where I cultivated a strong interest in primary care and preventive medicine.

I chose to pursue residency at the University of Arizona Department of Community and Family Medicine because of the very supportive atmosphere I encountered on interview day - this includes faculty, co-residents, and support staff. In addition to being a very strong academic program, resident exposure to integrative medicine is second to none. This is of special relevance to my long-term career goals in that I am particularly interested in the impact of whole-food, plant-based nutrition and lifestyle modification on chronic disease.