Meet Robert S. Howe, MD
I love being a physician. Practicing as a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Gynecologist allows me to serve my community in work that is satisfying, challenging, intellectually stimulating and always worth doing right.
After earning my MD at UConn, I trained in Ob/Gyn at Medical Center of Delaware and in Reproductive Endocrinology at UPenn. Coming back to New England I joined the faculty at Baystate Medical Center in 1989, where another physician and I opened their IVF program. I worked in a private infertility practice in Hartford for two years then opened my own, the Reproductive Medicine Center, in 1995.
A full life has been my best training. Growing up in a small Connecticut town taught me to be self-reliant and curious. After high school, I attended Case Western Reserve University on a scholarship, graduating with degrees in Chemistry and Music; I later earned an MA in Music Theory. Studying Music has helped me understand the beauty of art and the importance of spirituality in dealing with others.
During medical school I married my high school sweetheart, eventually having four children together. Being suddenly widowed after 25 years, then being a single Dad for a decade, gave me deep respect for the travails of others and taught me how important faith is in maintaining happiness. Being a cancer survivor has made me a better physician in more ways than I can list. Remarrying in my 50’s has kept love and a youthful spirit alive in me.
Both as a physician and as a patient, I deplore the recent changes in American medicine. Nationalization, increasing paperwork, computerized records, the loss of small private practices have made so many of my colleagues unhappy. Many docs must see 25 or 30 patients a day to make ends meet. But this is absurd. You can’t get to know a patient in a twelve-minute visit, half of which is spent clicking boxes or staring at a screen. So I try every day to be more engaged with my patients, to spend the time with them that they deserve, to serve them the way that my own docs have so generously served my family and me. Our default patient appointment is thirty minutes, not twelve or fifteen.
Practicing medicine this way is not quick and is not cheap. But it is good for my patients.
I invite you to permit me to serve your needs within Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.