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Internationally-recognized oculoplastic surgeon Gene Howard, M.D., specializes in eye-related plastic and cosmetic services that can help you look and feel your best. Dr. Howard received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He completed a master’s degree in public health, his medical degree, an internship in internal medicine, and a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

After completing medical school, Dr. Howard worked for two years in East Africa and South Asia on international eye health projects. Upon returning to the United States, he completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery and orbital oncology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

From 1991 until 1995, Dr. Howard was an assistant professor at MUSC in the departments of ophthalmology, dermatology, and otolaryngology. He later served as a professor of ophthalmology at MUSC and held the Stanley & Theodore Feldberg endowed chair.

As an attending physician at MUSC, Dr. Howard served as consulting staff to the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and to the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Dr. Howard served as a delegate to the South Carolina Medical Association and is a past president of the Charleston County Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. Howard is currently a clinical professor at MUSC, a chairman of the surgical committee at the East Cooper Medical Hospital, he is on the membership committee at the Charleston County Medical Society, and he is one of the thousand experts in America evaluating on faculty 1000.


Locations Served: Mount Pleasant I, Georgetown

  • Specialty training:
    Dr. Howard completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, followed by his Residency training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Next, he completed a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and another Fellowship training in Oculoplastic Surgery & Orbital Oncology at the University of Iowa.
  • Describe your experience in academia:
    From 1991 until 1995, Dr Howard was an assistant professor at MUSC in the departments of ophthalmology, dermatology and otolaryngology. He later served as a professor of ophthalmology at MUSC and held the Stanley & Theodore Feldberg endowed chair.
  • What is  your favorite part about being an oculoplastic surgeon?
    I truly enjoy helping my patients achieve the best version of themselves. It is a fulfilling career and I feel fortunate to work with an outstanding team that works together to change lives daily.

Board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery.

  • Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
  • Forehead lift (endoscopic and direct)
  • Ptosis repair
  • Ectropion/Entropion repair
  • Skin cancer repair
  • Scar revisions
  • Removal of tumors of the eyelid and eye socket
  • Eyesocket repair
  • Tear duct surgery



  • Lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
  • Laser resurfacing for wrinkles
  • Botox® Cosmetic
  • Restylane® dermal filler
  • Radiesse® dermal filler
  • Former MUSC assistant professor (Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Otolaryngology
  • Former MUSC professor of ophthalmology (Stanley & Theodore Feldberg endowed chair)
  • Undergraduate education: Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine)
  • Masters degree in Public Health: Johns Hopkins University
  • Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
  • Internship (Internal Medicine): Johns Hopkins University
  • Residency training: University of Illinois (Chicago)
  • Research fellowship: Johns Hopkins University
  • Fellowship training (Oculoplastic Surgery & Orbital Oncology): University of Iowa (Iowa City)

“Blepharoplasty is surgery to modify the eyelids. It’s a simple procedure, and yet for me it changed my world. I was unaware how restricted my upper field of vision had become. Two weeks after the procedure and I am amazed at how much better I see. Driving is perhaps the most notably improved aspect of my vision. Dr. Howard and his staff are the best. They accommodated me at short notice. Sam, one of his staff members, was amazing. If you are reading this review and are contemplating the services of a top ophthalmologist and surgeon, get off this review tab STAT and toggle the “call” tab and make that appointment now! You will be happy you did.” – K.R.

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