Established in 1990 by family, friends, colleagues, and patients in memory of John Eager Howard

Image Credit: Alan M. Chesney Archives, Johns Hopkins Medicine JOHN EAGER HOWARD, Med 1928, was a major figure in the development of the field of endocrinology and metabolism. Among his contributions were the discovery of the association between unilateral renal artery disease and high blood pressure, the development of the Ellsworth-Howard test to determine responsiveness to parathyroid hormone and the introduction of a highly effective approach to the prevention of recurrent kidney stones. A member of the faculty for nearly 60 years, Dr. Howard was the founder and first director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. In their history of the Hopkins Department of Medicine, Drs. Harvey, McKusick and Stobo wrote: "As much as anyone on the faculty, Dr. Howard was the epitome of sharp clinical acumen coupled with a wealth of scientific knowledge."


PAUL W. LADENSON, the John Eager Howard Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Distinguished Service Professor, has been a faculty member since 1983. He has directed the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism since 1989, and founded the Hopkins Thyroid Tumor Center. He is widely known for his clinical research in thyroidology, particularly related to thyroid cancer management and effects of thyroid hormone on the heart. Dr. Ladenson is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, past president of the American Thyroid Association and the Association of Subspecialty Professors, and the author of 200 scientific publications.