Dr. John Howington, MD

Thoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
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Dr. John Howington, MD
My thoracic surgical practice and volunteer efforts are focused on patients suffering from diseases of the chest. A major focus of my practice is the early detection and minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer. I have been involved with lung cancer screening efforts since 1999 and have been performing minimally invasive (VATS) lobectomy for over a decade. Serving as the President of the Board of Trustees of the CHEST Foundation has provided a platform for a broader impact on Patient education about lung cancer and other chest diseases. Our thoracic surgical practice is focused on patient outcomes and experience. We strive to minimize the pain and discomfort of thoracic diseases and the surgery needed to treat that disease. We pride ourselves on having high patient satisfaction scores from independent surveys. Our practice strives for continuous quality improvement and actively participates in national and regional clinical trials in order to advance the fields of Thoracic surgery and Thoracic oncology. We have been consecutively recognized over the last 10 years as Top Doctors for Cancer and Best Doctors in America.

4230 Harding Pike Ste 530

Nashville, TN 37205

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Dr. John Howington, MD

Dr. John Howington, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 18 More

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Top Care Areas

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Lung Surgery
very high
more than 98% of peers
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
very high
more than 94% of peers
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Oncology
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Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Cancer
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Qualitative Platelet Defects (incl. Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia)
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Septal Defect
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymomas
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Pleural Biopsy
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Tennessee Technological University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Of Missouri Kansas City
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Vanderbilt University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Howington has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Howington's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Howington to family and friends
4.4
based on 7 total reviews
Dr. Howington's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
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Dr. Howington accepts 32 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
    Medicaid
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareOregon
    Medicaid
  • CareSource
    Medicaid
  • Cigna
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity
    Cofinity PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
    Medicaid
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
    Coventry Health Care of Illinois PPO
    Health and Life PPO
    Platinum PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
    Coventry Health Care of Missouri PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Medicaid
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • HealthPlus
    Medicaid
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • inHealth
    Medicaid
  • INTotal Health
    Medicaid
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medica
    Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Meritain Health
  • Midwest Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Pipefitters
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
    Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Medicaid
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
    Medicaid

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Hospitals where Dr. Howington has admitting privileges

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
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Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road Po Box 380
Nashville, TN 37205
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