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Texas Medical Center

Pediatric Surgery
Phone: 832-822-2778


6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Howard Irwin Pryor II, MD

Trauma Medical Director, Main Campus

Associate Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Maryland Medical Center Fellowship Surgical Critical Care 2020
Johns Hopkins Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Surgery 2014
George Washington University School of Medicine Residency General Surgery 2011
Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Surgical Research 2009
George Washington University School of Medicine Internship General Surgery 2004
George Washington University School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2003
University of Miami Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering 1997
St. Petersburg Junior College Associates Associate of Arts in Pre-Engineering 1995


I am a board-certified pediatric surgeon with eight years of experience managing complex neonatal, pediatric abdominal, thoracic, and traumatic surgical conditions. I strive to be a respected leader while demonstrating expertise in leading multi-disciplinary clinical teams, including doctors, nurses, clinical, and administrative staff. I nurture an understanding and rapport with patients and their families and lead family-centered rounds to ensure that the patient, the family, and all team members understand the care goals. My trainees and peers have recognized me for my effectiveness in leading surgical care teams through several Teacher of the Year awards and a Department of Defense Master Clinician Award.

I am an established program builder with experience developing clinical training programs.

Clinical Interests:

Trauma Care, Education, & Quality Assurance
Surgical Critical Care Education & Quality Assurance
Point of Care Ultrasound
Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Pediatric Injury Prevention & Outcomes
Chest Wall Reconstruction
Neonatal & Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery
Pediatric Disaster Management

Research Interests:

Pediatric Endovascular Hemorrhage Control
Surgical Nutrition
Trauma & Critical Care Quality Improvement
Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Pediatric Emergency Air Transport


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Specialty Fellow - Surgery (2014 - Present)
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Member (2020-Present)
American College of Surgeons Fellow (2003 – Present)
American Pediatric Surgical Association Fellow (2012 - Present)
Association for Academic Surgery Member (2008-Present)
Massachusetts System for Advance Registration Member (2007-Present)
Pediatric Trauma Society Member (2020-Present)
Society of Critical Care Medicine Member (2021-Present)

Selected Publications

Christianson, M. S., Lukish, D. A., McCarter, Jr, R., Pryor, H. I., & Lukish, J. R. (2021). Ovarian tissue cryopreservation in young females with cancer and its impact on ovarian follicle density. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 56(12), 2354–2359.

Pryor, H. I. (2021). Pediatric endovascular hemorrhage control: An idea whose time has come. In American Association for the Surgery of Trauma - Needle Tip.

Norris, E. A., Johnson, M. S., Mann, K. E., & Pryor, H. I. (2020). Evaluation of Surgical Caseload Aboard the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) During Enduring Promise 2018. Military Medicine, 185(3-4), 325–327.

Weeks, S. R., Gosztyla, C. E., Davidson, L., & Pryor, H. I. (2020). Innovative approach to the difficult ventricular shunt using pleural access device for maintenance drainage: case report. In Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics (pp. 1–4).

Fluke, L. M., Restrepo, R. D., Pryor, H. I., Duncan, J. E., & Mann, K. E. (2018). The Surgical Experience Aboard USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) during Operation Continuing Promise 2015. The American Surgeon, 84(8), 1307–1311.

Gause, C. D., Casamassima MGS, Yang, J., Hsiung, G., Rhee, D., Salazar, J. H., Papandria, D., Pryor, 2nd, H. I., Stewart, D., Lukish, J., Colombani, P., Chandler, N. M., Johnson, E., & Abdullah, F. (2017). Laparoscopic versus open inguinal hernia repair in children ≤3: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Surgery International, 33(3), 367–376.

Gause, C. D., Hayashi, M., Haney, C., Rhee, D., Karim, O., Weir, B. W., Stewart, D., Lukish, J., Lau, H., Abdullah, F., Gauda, E., & Pryor, 2nd, H. I. (2016). Mucous fistula refeeding decreases parenteral nutrition exposure in postsurgical premature neonates. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 51(11), 1759–1765.

Goldstein, S. D., Pryor, H. I., Salazar, J. H., Dalesio, N., Stewart, F. D., Abdullah, F., Colombani, P., & Lukish, J. R. (2015). Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Central Venous Access in Low Birth Weight Infants: Feasibility in the Smallest of Patients. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part a, 25(9), 767–769.

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Awards & Honors

Surgical Critical Care Program Director’s Society Excellence in Research Award 2020

Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal 2019

Navy Meritorious Service Medal 2019

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals 2018, 2016, 2015

Humanitarian Service Medal 2017

Joint Service Achievement Medal 2016

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Fellow of the Year 2014

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals 2011

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