John Howington, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Nashville, TN, Saint Thomas West Hospital

JohnAnthonyHowingtonMDFACS, FCCP, MBA

Thoracic Surgery Nashville, TN

Adult General Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Chief of Oncology Services, Chair of Thoracic Surgery Saint Thomas Health Medical Director & Co-Chair Oncology Service Line Ascension

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  • I am a board certified Thoracic Surgeon specialized in minimally invasive surgery and Thoracic oncology. I have extensive leadership experience including a decade of leading surgical quality efforts. Recently completed an executive MBA Program.

Education & Training

  • University of Tennessee OtherTraining
  • Vanderbilt Univ Med CtrResidency
  • Vanderbilt Univ Med CtrResidency
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
    University of Missouri at Kansas CityResidency
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine
    University of Tennessee College of MedicineMedicalSchool
  • Tennessee Technological UniversityOtherTraining

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2007 - 2017
  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 1999 - 2008
  • AR State Medical License
    AR State Medical License 1997 - 2000
  • TN State Medical License
    TN State Medical License 1994 - 2021
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly, 2008-2019
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer Castle Connolly, 2007-2019
  • Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2018-2019
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Splanchnicectomy for Pain Control in Chronic Pancreatitis.  
    Huffman LC, Reed MF, Howington JA, Innovations 2006; 1: 171-174
  • Treatment of non-small cell lung cancer stage I and stage II: ACCP evidence-basedclinical practice guidelines (2nd edition).  
    Scott WJ, Howington J, Feigenberg S, Movsas B, Pisters K; American College of Chest Physicians, Chest. 2007 Sep;132(3 Suppl):234S-242S
  • Interventional Pulmonary Procedures-Guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians.  
    Howington JA, Chest 2003May; 123:1693-1717
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for acute thoracic trauma.
    Lewis JD, Howington JA, Starnes SL, Pritts TA, Reed MF, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH
  • Phase I Trial of Concurrent Paclitaxel (P), Carboplatin ©, and External Beam Chest Irradiation with Glutamine (G) in Patients with Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung...
    Younas A, Redmond K, Howington J, Kleykamp B, Jazieh AR, ASCO Proceedings
  • Clinical and Economic Consequences Of Pulmonary Wedge Resections For Cancer Using Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Techniques VS Traditional Open Resection A Retrospective...
    John A. Howington, MD; Candace Gunnarsson, EdD; Michael A. Maddaus, MD; Robert J. McKenna, MD; Bryan F. Meyers, MD; Daniel Miller, MD; Matthew Moore, MHA; Scott Swanso..., American College of Chest Physicians World Congress, Vancouver, Canada
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  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery. 
    Ohio Thoracic Society Meeting
  • Altitude Physiology: Recent Experiences on Aconcagua. 
    Department of Surgery Research Conference
  • Is Screening for Lung Cancer Helpful? 
    2nd Annual Cancer and the Primary Care Physician symposium
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Press Mentions

  • Surgeons Say Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery Should Be Standard Care
    Surgeons Say Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery Should Be Standard CareJuly 02, 2007

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