Lead Editor; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

Soliciting Editor; Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine


Howard, J. E. (2021). “Weaknesses in Medical Device Regulation Worsened by Trump Administration.” Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health

Pacia, D. & Howard, J. E. (2021). “Surprising Surge of Egg Freezing During the Pandemic Raises Ethical Questions.” Hastings Center Bioethics Forum

Howard, J. E. (2020). “Understanding Medical Error in Surgical Stapler Use: A Philosophical and Scientific Analysis” Honors Undergraduate Theses. 797. University of Central Florida, College of Biomedical Sciences. Chair: Dr. Luciana Garbayo, Co-chair: Dr. William T. Self

Taylor, J. & Howard, J. E. (2019). “I Didn’t Sleep Last Night”; Implications of Physician Disclosure of Health in Informed Consent. Duke Medical Ethics Journal.


“Understanding Medical Error in Surgical Stapler Use: A Philosophical and Scientific Analysis” (FGCU, UCF, Virginia Tech, APA Eastern)

“Health Disclosure in Informed Consent: Implications for Disabled Doctors” (Ohio State University Multiple Perspectives Conference)

“Can the Carpenter Blame Their Tools: Who Holds Responsibility in Robotic Surgery?” (Yale, Johns Hopkins, UNESCO Bioethics World Conference in Porto, Portugal)

“Engaging Persons with Dementia: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on the Impact of Artistic Activities on the Self-estimation of Wellbeing” (UCF)


2021 UCF Founder’s Day Award, Outstanding Thesis,  College of Medicine “Understanding Surgical Stapler Error in Medical Use: A Philosophical and Scientific Review”

Where am I now?

I am currently applying to medical school with the hopes of continuing research into surgical error and designing solutions such as “smart” surgical tool systems that provide feedback to the operator.

Throughout undergraduate I worked with Dr. Luciana Garbayo at the University of Central Florida on projects related to philosophy in medicine. I successfully defended an undergraduate thesis on Surgical Stapler error with her guidance and support from 2019-2020.

From December 2016-September 2018 I was a research assistant for Dr. Corey Bohil’s Categorization and Decision lab, which focused on design theory and cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on implicit rule based learning among different age groups.

I was able to work with screening research subjects and their psychological profile, collect and catalogue data, as well as operate Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy  caps (fNIR).