Dr. John A. Howington, MD

Dr. John A. Howington, MD

Thoracic Surgery | Male | 52 years old

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      Specialties

      • Thoracic Surgery
      • Thoracic Oncology

      Board Certifications

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      • General Surgery
      • Thoracic Surgery

      Conditions Treated

      • Benign Tumor
      • Cancer
      • Empyema
      • Esophageal Cancer
      • Esophageal Diseases
      • Excessive Sweating
      • Interstitial Lung Disease
      • Lung Cancer
      • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
      • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
      • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
      • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
      • Neuroendocrine Tumors
      • Pericardial Disease
      • Pleura Cancer
      • Pleural Cancer
      • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
      • Pulmonary Disease
      • Secondary Malignancies
      • Thymomas

      Procedures Performed

      • Bronchoscopy
      • Decortication and Pleurectomy
      • Esophageal Surgery
      • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
      • Esophagoscopy
      • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
      • 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
      • 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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        Board Actions

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      Education

      • Medical School
        University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine

        Graduated in 1989

      • Internship Hospital
        University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine

        Completed in 1990

      • Residency Hospital
        University Of Missouri Kansas City

        Completed in 1994

      • Fellowship Hospital
        Vanderbilt University

        Completed in 1997

      • Undergraduate School
        Tennessee Technological University

        Graduated in 1985

      Awards & Recognition

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      Languages Spoken

      • English
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      • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
      • Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
      • Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
      • No malpractice claims found
      • No sanctions found
      • No board actions found
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      Dr. Howington says...

      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.  

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      Dr. Howington says...

      Lung cancer is a major focus of my thoracic surgical practice. I have served as an author on all three editions of the American College of Chest Physicians Lung Cancer Guidelines and served as the first author and editor of the Chapter on the Treatment of Stages 1 & 2 Lung cancer in the 3rd edition of the Lung Cancer guidelines. I served as an author and expert panel member of the combined Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians consensus statement on the Management of High Risk Patients with Early Stage Lung Cancer.

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      Dr. Howington says...

      The overwhelming majority of my thoracic surgical practice is done with a minimally invasive approach. I have over 12 years experience with minimally invasive (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer. Our teams have published on the successful training of surgeons in the technique of minimally invasive lobectomy and the many advantages of minimally invasive (VATS) lobectomy over an open thoracotomy and lobectomy.

      We have developed a safe and reliable minimally invasive surgical approach to esophageal cancer.