Lafayette physician to be recognized as ‘master pediatrician’ at ceremony in New Orleans _lowres

Dr. Richard Howes

University Hospital and Clinics pediatrician Dr. Richard Howes is one of two physicians who will receive the honor of “master pediatrician” from the Louisiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics at a ceremony in New Orleans next month.

The organization defines the honor as “a superb clinician who has contributed to the health and welfare of children in Louisiana for at least 30 years, through direct patient care and child advocacy,” according to a news release issued by the hospital Wednesday.

Howes has been a pediatrician for the past 39 years and served most of that time on the faculty of the LSU School of Medicine at the former University Medical Center, now UHC. For 30 years, he’s served as chairman of the pediatric department at UHC, and he continues to serve as president of the medical staff.

Howes has devoted his career to improving the health and well-being of children, said Dr. Bryan Sibley, president of the Louisiana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Howes, who is board certified in developmental/behavioral pediatrics, received the chapter’s Bettina Hilman Award for Service to Special Needs Children in 2006.

“So many children across the state with special health care needs do not have access to the kind of care that Dr. Howes provides. We are fortunate and proud to have him at UHC,” said Jared Stark, CEO of UHC.

Howes will receive the master pediatrician award during the organization’s annual continuing medical education program Aug. 21-23 in New Orleans. During the program, Howes will give a presentation titled “Reflections on the Changes in Pediatrics from 1968 to Present.”