Director, Facial Paralysis Center
Co-Director, Vascular Anomalies Program
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Lori Kathryn Howell is an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and pediatric plastic surgery at USC Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Howell serves as the director of the Facial Paralysis Center at CHLA where she has built a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the facial rehabilitation of children afflicted with varying degrees of facial paralysis. In addition, she is co-director of the Vascular Anomalies Program at CHLA.

Her areas of clinic expertise include pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, facial paralysis, pediatric microvascular surgery, vascular anomalies, congenital nevi, microtia and adult craniofacial and lower extremity reconstructive surgery.

She received an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Texas Austin and a medical degree with honors from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. Dr. Howell completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital/University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago where she was the recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Outstanding Teaching Award and the Humanitarian in Medicine Award. Fellowships were completed in craniofacial surgery at Stanford University and in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Howell is board certified in Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her areas of clinical research interest are access to care in underserved communities and facial paralysis outcomes. She started and leads the core curriculum residency education program at USC and is a member of a number of medical societies connected to her clinical interests. Dr. Howell is strongly committed to helping children live full and rewarding lives who have been afflicted by congenital or traumatic deformities both nationally and internationally.

Clinical Interests

Cleft lip and palate, facial paralysis, vascular anomalies, pediatric microsurgery, congenital nevi, complex burn reconstruction, microtia, ear reconstruction, craniofacial and lower extremity reconstructive surgery.


Medical School: 

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston


University of Illinois at Chicago, General Surgery


University of Illinois at Chicago, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Children’s Hospital of Stanford, Craniofacial Surgery
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery



American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional Memberships: 

American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgery


Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, Outstanding Teaching Award Alpha Omega
Alpha, Medical Honor Society, Humanitarian in Medicine Award


Thomas DM, Wieck MM, Grant CN, Dossa A, Nowicki D, Stanley P, Zeinati C, Howell LK, Anselmo DM. “Doxycyline therapy is superior in the treatment of pediatric lymphatic malformations.” J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Dec;27(12):1846-1856. PMID: 27776983

Wright EJ, Khosla RK, Howell L, Luan A, Lee GK. “Cleft lip standardized patient examinations: the role in plastic surgery resident education.” Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2016 Nov;53(6):634-639. PMID: 26720521

Wright EJ, Khosla RK, Howell L, Lee GK. “Rhinoplasty education using a standardized patient encounter.” Arch Plast Surg. 2016 Sep;43(5):451-6. PMID: 27689053

Wieck MM, Nowicki D, Schall KA, Zeinati C, Howell LK, Anselmo DM. “Management of pediatric intramuscular venous malformations.” J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Sep 1. PMID: 27622586

Christian D, Leland HA, Osias W, Eberlin S, Howell L**. “Delayed presentation of a chronic morel-lavallee lesion.” J Radiol Case Rep. 2016 Jul 31:10(7):30-39. PMID: 27761187

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