Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Honorary Reader in Clinical Haematology
King’s College London, UK
Jo Howard is a Consultant Haematologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, Clinical Lead for Haematology and head of the adult sickle cell service. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1992 and subsequently trained in haematology in London obtaining her MRCP and FRCPath qualifications before starting work as a consultant in 2002. She
Dr Howard’s main research interest has been in developing and running clinical trials for the treatment of patients with Sickle Cell Disease and she has been involved in international multi-centre trials (including TAPS) and in phase 1 and 2 trials in new agents. She is also involved in quality improvement of sickle services in the UK and is Co-Chair of the peer review of haemoglobinopathy services and on the Steering Committee for the UK Haemoglobinopathy Registry and the UK Haemoglobinopathy Forum. She has been involved in writing clinical guidelines including the NICE guidance on acute sickle pain, the RCOG guidance for sickle pregnancies and the BCSH guideline on acute chest syndrome. She chairs the General Haematology Task Force for the British Committee for Standards in Haematology and is chairing the editorial group updating the Standards of Care for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease in the UK.