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John Howington, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Nashville, TN, Saint Thomas Midtown 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 Ascension Saint Thomas

Overview of Dr. Howington

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
    University of Tennessee Executive MBA, Healthcare , 2019 - 2019
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Vanderbilt University Medical CenterResidency, Thoracic Surgery, 1994 - 1997
  • Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr
    Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr1994 - 1997
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of MedicineResidency, Surgery, 1989 - 1994
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of MedicineClass of 1989
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Tennessee Technological UniversityB.S, Chemistry, 1981 - 1985

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 - 2023
  • 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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Authored Content

  • Surgical Quality of Wedge Resection Impacts Overall Survival in Patients with Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung CancerMarch 2018

Press Mentions

  • Surgeons Say Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery Should Be Standard Care
    Surgeons Say Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery Should Be Standard CareJuly 2nd, 2007
  • Nashville Hospital First in Tennessee to Acquire Robotic Tool for Lung Cancer Detection
    Nashville Hospital First in Tennessee to Acquire Robotic Tool for Lung Cancer DetectionJune 16th, 2021

Professional Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    BCBS Illinois BlueChoice Select
    BCBS Illinois PPO
    CIGNA Open Access
    Cofinity PPO
    Coventry Health Care PPO Platinum
    Coventry Missouri - HMO/POS
    First Health PPO
    Great West PPO
    HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
    HealthLink PPO
    Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    Multiplan PPO
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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