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John Howard was the youngest boy in a family of six children. and was raised in a struggling lower-middle class area within a large and influential extended family. He moved to Houston when he was 9 years old, and then to Miami at age 12. He graduated from high school in 1978 and received the Harvard Book Award for the outstanding junior student of 1977. He completed college in three years and went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1985. He began his post-doctoral career in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial and Mount Sinai Hospitals in Miami. He then completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center in Houston and there received the distinction of Chief Resident. He finished his fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and has a sub-specialty board certification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

He initially met his wife Lanette in 1975 when they were teenagers. Life took them on different paths but they were reacquainted in 1984 and married in 1988. She is John’s anchor and rock that he sometimes takes for granted and without whom he would not have accomplished what he has in life. They have three beautiful girls.

From Philadelphia, they moved to Fort Myers in 1991. While Lanette was taking care of the family and providing for their daily needs, John became established within a local radiology group, Florida Radiology Consultants. After serving as the financial officer and head of billing, he eventually became president and managing partner. Under his leadership the group rapidly expanded with the number of radiologists doubling. While spearheading the opening of three outpatient imaging centers the firm grew from 3 non-physician employees to over 45 employees. Prior to this growth he went back to school and obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduating first in his class at the University of South Florida. He recently completed the St. Stephens Course of Studies in Orthodox Theology and is finishing his thesis for a Master’s in Theology.

John was Chief of Interventional Radiology for the Lee Memorial Health System for 17 years. At this position he was the first Interventional Radiologist to perform many procedures new to this area. These included non-coronary peripheral and renal intravascular stenting, biliary and urological stenting, uterine fibroid embolization, and minimally invasive tumor embolization to name a few. He was also the first interventionalist to perform endovascular stent-grafts for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

John has used his gifts and opportunities in a variety of other ways to help benefit the community. For 8 years he chaired and coordinated a free cardiovascular screening event that assessed close to 5,000 people and discovered many serious and life-threatening diseases. He has been a neighborhood support leader for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has also been an active supporter of the IOCC (International Christian Orthodox Charities), St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Wounded Warriors.

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