Professor Jo Howard is the lead consultant for Haemoglobinopathies in the adult haematology service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She obtained her medical degree at Cambridge University and trained in Haematology at Hammersmith, The Royal Free, Chelsea and Westminster and Northwick Park Hospital. She was previously a Haematology Consultant with responsibility for the haemoglobinopathy service at North West London Hospital, before moving to her current post.
She is on the Steering Committee for the UK Forum for Haemoglobin Disorders is Co-Chair of the adult peer review of haemoglobinopathy services and is on the Steering Committee for the UK Haemoglobinopathy Registry. She was on the Editorial board for the UK Standards for the Care of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease and she is an advisor on the UK NEQAS Steering Committee for General Haematology, and is a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration.
She is involved in several international multi-centre clinical trials in Sickle Cell Disease and is Medical Advisor for the Transfusion Alternatives Pre-operatively in Sickle Cell Disease (TAPS) trial which has just been submitted for publication . She has published articles on the management of sickle cell disease.
Her current interests are in the improvement of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease, both acute pain management and in the management of its long term complications.