CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
John Howlett, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in fracture care. Dr. Howlett has completed additional fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery, including trauma, reconstruction, pediatric as well as microvascular surgery.
One of the experiences that shaped Dr. Howlett's career trajectory was his work as a counselor at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman for children with cancer and other blood-related disorders. Witnessing the courage and energy of these children convinced him that healing involves more than medication and surgery. This experience led him to pursue his medical degree, where he saw an opportunity to combine his interest in caring for people with his passion for teaching.
Dr. Howlett likes to remind himself that the origin of the Latin word "doctor" is "teacher," and he considers it an important part of his role as a doctor to educate his patients about the conditions that are affecting them. He believes an informed and knowledgeable patient can participate more effectively in his or her own healing. As a former teacher who holds a Master's degree in Education, Dr. Howlett deeply enjoys this aspect of working with patients.
Having grown up in Washington enjoying hiking, backpacking, sailing and canoeing, Dr. Howlett was eager to return to the Northwest for his residency and fellowship training. He now shares these same passions with his family. He and his wife both played soccer in college and can be found cheering on their two daughters at soccer games on the weekends.
Dr. Howlett holds clinic hours Monday through Wednesday and Friday at Proliance Orthopedics in Renton, Washington.
Testimonials for John Howlett, M.D.
As I nursed my broken elbow I told my friend I needed a doctor who was extremely kind, empathetic, and optimistic. In walked Dr. Howlett with a big smile and a realistic, but encouraging diagnosis and treatment plan. My many questions were answered with respect and I always felt heard and understood. Dr. Howlett and the staff at Proliance were refreshingly friendly, efficient and helpful. Their smiles and kindness make such a difference. My longest office waiting time was 5 minutes!
Dr. Howlett is great! He has good communication, information, and is very patient with my questions. He is friendly, has a great demeanor and is very refreshing. Thank you!
My experience was great, from talking with the receptionist to my surgery with Dr. Howlett. I had surgery in both hands and the whole process was very easy. His medical assistant was very nice and explained everything to me which made me feel comfortable. I am very happy that I came here to see Dr. Howlett and I recommend him to everyone!