Our Founder & National Medical Director

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Dr Alan Howard

Dr Alan Howard holds a science degree in Human Physiology and Biochemistry, a degree in Medicine and Surgery and a post-graduate qualification in Emergency Medicine.

Most recently, he worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at a busy hospital in the North West of Ireland for 12-years from 2008 to 2019. He is author of the medical text book ‘Emergency Management of Acute Poisoning’. For over 20-years he has served as an instructor and examiner on the KZN Faculty for the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course of the Amercian College of Surgeons. Dr Howard is lead author of a manuscript published recently by the British Medical Journal outlining his pioneering work in the field of emergency room decompressive craniotomy for traumatic extradural haemorrhages.

Dr Howard uses intravenous Ketamine extensively in his practice as an Emergency Physician, primarily as an anaesthetic and sedative agent. It always intrigued him how particular patients he knew to be depressed or suicidal before receiving Ketamine suddenly felt much brighter and happier for days afterwards.

Dr Howard discovered that there was a substantial body of evidence supporting the use of Ketamine for mood disorders and after studying the various protocols, he decided to concentrate his attention on bringing the new paradigm of Ketamine Infusion Therapy to those trapped in the devastating cycle of resistant depression, suicidality and chronic pain back home to his native South Africa.

Dr Howard is president of the Society of Ketamine Practitioners of South Africa (SOKePSA).

Dr Howard is the only physician in South Africa with membership of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians (ASKP), an organisation that sets ethical standards and offers a forum and educational resources for Ketamine physicians across North America and beyond.