Jeffrey D. Howard, Jr., MD is a resident of Louisville where he lives with his wife Brandy L. Howard, MD and children Jeffrey and Katherine. The Howards are natives of Eastern Kentucky.
Howard attended Union College where he was an academic all-conference football player, Bonner Scholar and AmeriCorps member serving the local community by volunteering more than 1,000 hours. To improve volunteer efforts, he founded a novel program to provide community service organizations with evidence-based practices.
Howard attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine prior to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Commissioner Howard is dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic as Kentucky's number-one public health focus. 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. He also has been the leader in addressing a number of public health issues including Kentucky's recent Hepatitis A outbreak and flu epidemic.
Howard currently serves as research coordinator for Surgery on Sunday, 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.