Dr. Michael Howard, MD

Dr. Michael Howard, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryMale

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

New Patient

(847) 260-7897

Current Patient

Dr. Michael Howard, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Lake Forest, IL and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Emory University medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with medical facilities Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Evanston Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Howard to book an appointment.

Locations

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

New Patient?
(847) 260-7897
Northwestern Medical Group - Women's Services1000 N Westmoreland Rd B Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Howard is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Lake Forest, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ See hospitals

Dr. Howard's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Howard

4.6

Based on 75 ratings

5 Stars
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1 Star
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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (65)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (64)
  • Office environment (64)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (5)
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Dr. Howard is by far one of the best doctors I have ever come across. He is very welcoming, truly cares about his patients, is understanding of any/all my concerns, and performs high-quality work. He was the first and the only consult I had as I was deciding on surgery. After meeting with him and having him spend over an hour talking to me about the procedure, the recovery process, what should be expected long term, answering all of my questions, and more, I knew that I had no reason to look any further for another surgeon. After surgery, Dr. Howard and his team were extremely accommodating at my post-op appointments. I walked out of each appointment happier than when I walked in, which I did not think was possible! This procedure was life-changing and I could not thank him enough. I HIGHLY recommend choosing Dr. Howard and his team. You will not be disappointed.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Stacy Teslenko – Oct 27, 2020
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He is a very knowledgeable surgeon and I have been very pleased every time.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 11, 2020
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Dr. Howard did my reconstructive surgery after a bi-lateral mastectomy. He is not the only Plastic Surgeon I saw, I got a few opinions before making my choice. I can not say enough wonderful things about this man. He is not only an excellent surgeon but he truly cares about his patients. I never felt like just another patient or a number, I always felt he cared for me as a person and made sure my concerns were addressed. I trust and appreciate this man so much that even tho my husband and I have moved from the Chicago area to Phoenix Arizona I still travel back to Chicago for any check up visits with him. If my daughter ever found herself needing a Plastic Surgeon this is the ONLY one I would want her to use.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Leslie Gearig – Jul 29, 2019
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Dr. Howard is a top-notch surgeon. I have recently lost a great deal of weight. Dr. Howard is my surgeon for all of my skin removal surgeries. He is genuinely one of the most kind, empathetic people I have ever met, which is extremely rare in a top-rated surgeon. Because I have an extensive amount of skin to be removed, I will need to have multiple procedures. Dr. Howard worked with me to develop a plan that would give me the best result and be the most cost effective. He took the time to listen to what I wanted to achieve with the surgeries, he explained all of the risks involved, and he made sure I had realistic expectations. In December of 2018, Dr. Howard performed the belt lipectomy. The incisions healed nicely, the scars are fading, and my abdomen is wonderfully flat! I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Howard at NMLFH.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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M.K. in Barrington, IL – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr. Howard rebuilt my foot after a very complicated injury. Further, his follow up care and subsequent attention has made a significant impact on my quality of life. Dr. Howard provides a unique combination of expertise and patient care that I have not experienced with other providers.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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David Andrew in Skokie, IL – Jun 03, 2019
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I met with Dr. Howard last week for a consultation. He took his time with me asked me questions about the outcome I wanted to see and gave me all the information I would need about my upcoming procedure. He is very responsive and very personable. I feel confident in his work. He did a procedure for my friend several years ago and the outcome was amazing! He also followed up with her and showed compassion and general caring about how she was feeling after. I am excited to work with him.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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May 08, 2019
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Wasn't responsive. Plus, he left the Northbrook office three months after performing my surgery. The other surgeons did not want to have anything to do with me. They didn't want to work behind another surgeon
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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May 01, 2019
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I could not be happier with the outcome of my breast reconstruction after bilateral mastectomy. Dr Howard is highly skilled, provides excellent care is very thoughtful, and clearly understands all aspects of the journey that breast cancer sufferers are on. I highly recommend him.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Teresa in Niles, IL – Nov 08, 2018
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Dr. Howard is a gifted surgeon and a compassionate doctor. I am so grateful that I chose to have the diep flap breast reconstruction surgery in lieu of getting a breast implant following my mastectomy. It feels so natural - I feel like myself again!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kathy P. – Oct 03, 2018
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We had a very unsatisfactory experience with scheduling and billing. We were told that consults could only be in person (fair enough) and that the fee would be one amount. We were later charged a significantly higher amount (unfair) due to an error that billing department still refuses to own (unacceptable). As for the brief consult, Dr. Howard was competent and courteous.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Sep 08, 2018
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Dr. Howard is one of my favorite docs - ever! Super bedside manner, warm & caring, and a very skilled surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Tucson, AZ – Jul 07, 2018
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Dr Howard is a brilliant surgeon and nicest person and doctor I have ever met. He performed 3 unique reconstruction surgeries on my leg to remove cancer tissue and construct a new leg from my tissue flap. I am very thankful to him for taking care of me and helping me through my procedures. There are no words that I can find to truly express my gratitude and admiration of Dr Howard. He is the best plastic surgeon and most understanding person. Highly recommended.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sofia in IL – Jun 19, 2018
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Dr Howard was very knowledgeable - well informed and up-to-date on research - but more importantly he was clear, thorough, and very patient with my questions. He really helped me evaluate my choices for breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy. He did an outstanding job with the surgery - I am very happy with the results! In addition, he is warm, clearly cares for his patients and is pretty funny. Staff was great and I rarely had to wait. I give him the highest recommendation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Molly in Evanston – May 02, 2018
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He is a true professional. He removed a mode from my head and there is not scare.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mark Raynard in Glenview, IL – Apr 24, 2018
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Due to cancer, Dr. Howard has performed several surgeries on me. He is very patient, understanding - all the decisions were mine.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 11, 2018
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We can't say enough good things about Dr. Howard and his excellent care of Barbara Gaetano. Barbara's care began at Elmhurst hospital but due to circumstances she was transferred to Northshore for continued care. As Dr. Howard was highly recommended to us we contacted him prior to Barbara's transfer. He made himself VERY available to the family to make us feel comfortable with her current and future treatment by himself. His expert wound care is without comparison.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 07, 2018
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Dr. Howard and his staff provided me with exceptional medical/surgical care from my initial consultation with him regarding my reconstruction options following my double mastectomy to my most recent post-surgical follow-up appointment. I felt prepared going into my surgery, my recovery has gone as I expected based on what Dr. Howard had told me, and I am pleased with the results. I would recommend him to anyone needing breast reconstruction following bi-lateral mastectomy.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 06, 2018
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I saw Dr Howard for microsurgery for a scar that I’ve had for 25 years. Dr Howard did amazing work. I wish I had heard of Dr Howard years earlier. He is the best. His staff is very nice and make the experience easy.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 04, 2018
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I have recommended Dr. Howard to family and friends. Dr. Howard has earned and deserves the highest praise. I feel fortunate that I have access to such a wonderful surgeon and person.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 03, 2018
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Michael Howard is wonderful! Made me feel comfortable from the very first appointment, and the procedure went just as he told me. Highly recommend Him!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Christie Kozil – Feb 27, 2018
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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Howard's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Wound Repair
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Howard performs Wound Repair more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Howard performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Breast Reconstruction
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Howard performs Breast Reconstruction more than 75% of his peers

Dr. Howard performs this procedure more than 75% of his peers

Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Howard treats Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Howard treats this condition more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Howard's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Bedsores
  • Birthmark
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Brow Lift
  • Burn Injuries
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Capsulotomy
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Gynecomastia
  • Gynecomastia Repair
  • Hidradenitis
  • Laceration Repair
  • Lesion Removal
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Neck Lift
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Cancer
  • Spider Veins
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Wound Repair

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(847) 260-7897

Dr. Howard accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health America PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HealthLink
HealthLink PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
Priority Health
Priority PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

About Me

Care Philosophy

Better people means better experiences. Our care team is committed to delivering results that change lives.

Specialties

  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Georgetown University Hospital
Internship Hospital
2004
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1997
Emory University
Medical School
1993
Illinois Wesleyan university
Undergraduate School
,

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Michael Howard, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (847) 260-7897, and for other questions, call (224) 271-4250.

Does Dr. Michael Howard, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Howard has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Michael Howard, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Michael Howard, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Howard's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Michael Howard, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Howard frequently treats Wound Repair, Breast Reconstruction, and Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Howard treats.

Where is Dr. Michael Howard, MD's office located?

Dr. Howard's office is located at 1000 N Westmoreland Rd B, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Michael Howard, MD speak?

Dr. Howard speaks Spanish, Arabic, and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Howard is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest, IL

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

Evanston Hospital

Evanston, IL

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)