Jeffrey D. Howard, Jr., MD is a resident of Louisville, KY where he lives with his wife, Dr. Brandy L. Howard, and his two children, Jeffrey and Katherine. He and his wife are natives of Appalachian Kentucky. Dr. Howard attended Union College, where he was an academic all-conference football player, a Bonner Scholar, and AmeriCorps member. During this time, he served the local community by volunteering more than 1,000 hours. To improve volunteer efforts, he founded a novel program that helped to provide community service organizations with evidence-based practices. Subsequently, he attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine prior to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
During his tenure, Commissioner Howard has been dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic noting that Kentucky's number one public health focus is to address this epidemic. Commissioner Howard has participated in national roundtable discussions focusing on prevention of opioid abuse and continues to support efforts to promote access to treatment through the Mobile Harm Reduction Pharmacy as well as programming to address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Commissioner Howard has also been the leader in addressing a number of public health issues including Kentucky's recent Hepatitis A outbreak and flu epidemic.
Dr. Howard currently serves as Research Coordinator for Surgery on Sunday, which is a non-profit organization providing free surgical care to uninsured and underinsured patients. Other interests include improving access to medical and surgical care, healthcare policy, surgical approaches to cancer treatment, and serving Kentuckians in the most meaningful manner possible.