Dr. Paul Howard, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
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Dr. Paul Howard, MD
Dr. Paul Howard, MD is a rheumatology doctor who practices in Scottsdale, AZ. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Howard is affiliated with HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center.

9097 E Desert Cove Ave Ste 100

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Contact Information

(480) 609-4200

Dr. Paul Howard, MD

Dr. Paul Howard, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 99% of peers

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  • Rheumatology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Arthropathy Associated With Reiters Disease
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Classic Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Felty's Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • University Ariz Health Scis Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • University Ariz Health Scis Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Howard has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Howard's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Howard to family and friends
based on 39 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Howard's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
Snowflake, AZ |
I know there are mixed reviews here. All I can say is how it was explained to me, Dr. Howard gets it when others don't. When he first sees you, he's very serious. I would attribute this to the wheels turning aND trying to figure out how to best help. He's amazing and will do whatever he can to find relief.
Phoenix |
Dr. Howard has helped me manage my rheumatoid arthritis with its serious challenges since 2011. He is a very kind and supportive doctor who addresses my questions and concerns openly and honestly. In particular, I trust his experience with medications available to RA patients. His recommendations on medication, diet and exercise have improved my quality of life significantly.
Surprise, AZ |
Horrible doctor incompetent and his nps turnover fast I'm sicker because of him doesn't order tests goes by bloodwork which any rheumi will tell you is not enough glad I'm now seeing a great dr
Scottsdale, AZ |
I waited an hour and 10 minutes in the waiting area, then spent another hour in the treatment room. I was only there for a simple injection in my hand. Dr Howard comes highly recommended from my other doctors and he seems very skilled with a needle. However, he acted as though he had no time for my questions - very rude considering he had wasted nearly two hours of my time. To say his front office staff was unfriendly would be disrespectful to the truly unfriendly. Cold detachment best defines.
Phoenix, AZ |
I liked Dr Howard personally but his office staff is terribly rude and unfriendly. I had to pay up front. Credit card pymts extra charge. The body builder office manager very rude and the check out woman is worse. Pymt not explained to me ahead of time. Wants to sell supplements from his office. Will not go back. Will not refer anyone to him.
in Prescott Valley, AZ |
I made an appt with dr Howard 6 weeks before my appt. filled out all of my paperwork a head of time, had all records sent to them before my appt (one week) showed up 1/2 hr early, after waiting for over an hour was put into a room, took my bp, another's 15 minutes went by no dr. I drove over 2 hrs from Prescott and 2 hrs back. What's sad is his office staff never got back to me wondering what went wrong! If I saw this dr, it would be all out of pocket! So I figure they saved me money! Sad
in Scottsdale, AZ |
I was unhappy with his office and staff at the Scottsdale office. There is no good communication about your treatment. No insurance excepted and they don't tell you how much exactly you have to pay by your pocket!!. For example , I wasn't aware of charges for follow up. when I asked why no one didn't tell me, the front desk lady rudly told me that you have to pay even if we don't make you aware of it. I paid with debit card, but I left the office dissatisfied
in Cave Creek, AZ |
Very knowledgable, caring, professional, sensitive, curious about my situation, accurate and efficient, challenges me to think about myself in new ways.
in Scottsdale, AZ |
Dr. Howard was very thorough and knowledgable. He took more time to explain my condition and treatment than I ever would have expected. I enjoyed the teaching aspect of this practice. I never had a long wait for my appointment or trouble scheduling. I felt he was very caring.
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Howard has admitting privileges

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
9003 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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