Michael Howell, MD

Chief Clinical Officer & Deputy Chief Health Officer, Google

Dr. Howell is the Chief Clinical Officer at Google, where he leads the team of doctors, nurses, and other clinical experts who focus on how technology can help improve real-world health and healthcare. He was previously Chief Quality Officer at the University of Chicago Medicine, where he was the senior physician responsible for overseeing the quality of care at the health system. Before that, he served at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in a variety of roles focused on quality, patient safety, and healthcare delivery science. An active investigator, Michael has published more than 100 research articles, editorials, and book chapters. These studies have held an interest for the public and have been covered by CNN, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Consumer Reports, among others. A nationally recognized expert on patient safety and quality, Dr. Howell has also served on national advisory and guideline panels for the CDC, Medicare, the National Academy of Medicine, and national professional associations. His book, Understanding Healthcare Delivery Science, focuses on the intersection of real-world improvement and research-quality methods in the complex environment of healthcare.