Professor and Vice Chair of Education & Faculty Affairs
Division Director, Sleep Medicine
Director, Neurology Clerkship

Dr. Howell is a Professor and the Division Head of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology and dedicated to developing novel strategies to improve brain function and sleep health. He is the Director of the Sleep Performance Training for Athletes Program at M Health Fairview, helping elite athletes and sports teams optimize their performance through better sleep and circadian health. He is also the Vice-Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurology.   

Research Summary

Dr. Howell's research interests include characterizing the relationship between sleep and neurological disorders, and determining whether these processes are reversible with current or experimental therapies. His research is funded by the National Institutes for Health and current projects include: sleep in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinsons's disease, the development of novel treatments for hypersomnias including narcolepsy and related conditions, and the development of novel strategies to improve the sleep health for organizations and populations.


MD, University of North Dakota
Major: School of Medicine
BS, University of North Dakota
Major: Biology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements


  • Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Fellowship-Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Neurology Residency, Residency-University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Intern, Internship-University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Certificate in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 54489
Certificate in Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 514