Michael Howell

Professor and Vice Chair of Education & Faculty Affairs
Division Director, Sleep Medicine
Director, Neurology Clerkship


Dr. Howell is a Professor and the Division Head of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology and dedicated to developing novel strategies to improve brain function and sleep health. He is the Director of the Sleep Performance Training for Athletes Program at M Health Fairview, helping elite athletes and sports teams optimize their performance through better sleep and circadian health. He is also the Vice-Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurology.   

Research Summary

Dr. Howell's research interests include characterizing the relationship between sleep and neurological disorders, and determining whether these processes are reversible with current or experimental therapies. His research is funded by the National Institutes for Health and current projects include: sleep in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinsons's disease, the development of novel treatments for hypersomnias including narcolepsy and related conditions, and the development of novel strategies to improve the sleep health for organizations and populations.


MD, University of North Dakota
Major: School of Medicine
BS, University of North Dakota
Major: Biology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Fellowship
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Neurology Residency, Residency
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Intern, Internship
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Certificate in Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 54489
Certificate in Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Licensure/Certification Number: 514
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Bluett B, Pantelyat AY, Litvan I, Ali F, Apetauerova D, Bega D, Bloom L, Bower J, Boxer AL, Dale ML, Dhall R, Duquette A, Fernandez HH, Fleisher JE, Grossman M, Howell M, Kerwin DR, Leegwater-Kim J, Lepage C, Ljubenkov PA, Mancini M, McFarland N, Moretti P, Myrick E, Patel P, Plummer LS, Rodriguez-Porcel F, Rojas J, Sidiropoulos C, Sklerov M, Sokol LL, Tuite PJ, VandeVrede L, Wilhelm J, Wills AA, Xie T, Golbe L, 2021. Front Neurology. Best Practices in the Management of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Syndrome: A Consensus Statement of the CurePSP Centers of Care 12 694872.
Vossel, K, Ranasinghe, K, Beagle, AJ, La, A, Ah Pooh, K, Castro, M, Mizuiri, D, Honma, S, Venkateswaran, N, Koestler, M, Zhang, W, Mucke, L, Howell, MJ, Possin, KL, Kramer, JH, Boxer, AL, Miller, BL, Nagarajan, S, Kirsch, HE, JAMA Neurology. Efficacy of Levitiracetam for Network Hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s disease (LEV-AD) 78 (11): 1345-1354.
Summers, R, Rafferty, MR, Howell, MJ, MacKinnon, CD, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Motor dysfunction in REM sleep behavior disorder: a rehabilitation framework for prodromal synucleinopathy 35 (7): 611-621.
Patriat, R, Pisharady, PK, Huffmaster, SA, Linn-Evans, M, Howell, M, Chung Jae Woo, Petrucci, MN, Videnovic, A, Holker, E, Dekam, J, Tuite, P, Lenglet, C, Harel, N, MacKinnon, C, 2022. Brain Communications. White matter microstructural differences in Parkinson’s disease with and without elevated REM sleep muscle tone 4 (2):
Morris, EE, Howell, MJ, Pickup, E, Iber, C, Wang, SG, 2022. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Pediatric sleep and pain: etiologies, consequences, and clinical considerations 18 (9): 2281-2289.
Verma, AK, Acosta Lenis, SF, Aman, JE, Sanabria, DE, Wang, J, Pearson, A, Hill, M, Patriat, R, Schrock, LE, Cooper, SE, Park, MC, Harel, N, Howell, MJ, MacKinnon, CD, Vitek, JL, Johnson, LA, NPJ Parkinsons Dis. Basal ganglia engagement during REM sleep movements in Parkinson’s disease 8 (1): 116.
Howell, MJ, Avidan, AY, Foldvary-Schaefer, N, Malkani, RG, During, E, McCarter, S, Roland, J, Carandang, G, Kannan, R, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Management of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and GRADE Assessment
Howell MJ, Avidan AY, Foldvary-Schaefer N, Malkani RG, During E, McCarter S, Roland J, Carandang G, Kannan R, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Management of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline



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