The Howell Allen Clinic is dedicated to excellence in patient care through the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and spinal and peripheral nerves.
We are committed to providing exceptional clinical care and service, utilizing the latest advances in neurological surgery. Our patients benefit from minimally invasive procedures, smaller incisions and accelerated recovery periods.
Graduates of the nation's best medical schools and neurosurgical training programs, our surgeons are credentialed and board-certified at the highest levels of professional achievement, resulting in unparalleled expertise in the field of neurosurgery.
Raised in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Standard chose the practice of medicine at an early age. Working at the side of his uncle, Dr. Carl Hartrampf, a pioneer in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he was inspired by the miraculous changes possible through skilled surgery. While at Princeton, Dr. Standard studied under Nobel prize winning neuroscientists, choosing a career in Neurosurgery graduating Cum Laude. After studying at Oxford University and London's prestigious Queen's Square Neurological institute in London, he completed his residency at Vanderbilt University. While a resident, Dr. Standard completed a Fellowship in Neuro-endovascular Surgery, pioneering several of the early techniques in endovascular repair of brain aneurysms and doing original research in the Toshiba Vascular Laboratory in Buffalo, New York. After graduating residency and fellowship, Dr. Standard was on faculty at Vanderbilt University for several years before joining the practice of Neurosurgery at St. Thomas. He has been at St. Thomas Hospital for 20 years, serving as Chairman of Neurosurgery for the past 10 years. He is also on the board of St. Thomas Health Services, which directs the care of the regional hospitals. He was instrumental in developing the St. Thomas stroke program as well as founding the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Standard is married and has three sons living in Nashville and enjoys hiking, cycling and running. In his spare time, he is the Scoutmaster of Troop 92, a thriving Boy Scout troop building character into young men for the future. Recently, he led an expedition of 25 on a backpacking trip of over 100 miles in the rugged, beautiful New Mexico backcountry. His Christian faith is central to his love for his patients and his life mission. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he co-teaches the High School Sunday School and participates in local and international mission trips. He is on the board of the Atlanta Youth Project, a Christian ministry for inner city youth in Atlanta which sponsors a free K-12 private school, the Atlanta Youth Academy, as well as God's Farm which hosts over 5000 inner city kids for summer day camp.