Dr. Ward Houck, MD

Dr. Ward Houck, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Ward Houck, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Murfreesboro, TN and has been practicing for 15 years. He specializes in thoracic surgery.Read his story


1800 Medical Center Pkwy Ste 440

Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
very high
more than 96% of peers
Port Placements or Replacements
very high
more than 95% of peers
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Houck's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Houck "Dr. Houck is originally from Florence, South Carolina. Growing up the son of a surgeon, he was exposed to hospitals and the practice of medicine at an early age. As a child, he would accompany his father "on rounds" whenever he could and as a teenager, assisted him both in the office and the operating room. Seemingly destined to be a surgeon, he asked hi father "what is the most difficult field in surgery?". The reply was CardioThoracic surgery. With that goal in mind, Dr. Houck completed his undergraduate stud in Pre-medicine at Davidson College, earning his Bachelor of Science. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and following graduation, remained there for his General Surgery Residency. It was during these ten years in Charleston that he was married and began his family. Following his residency, he moved his young family to Richmond, Virginia where he completed his CardioThoracic Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Nearing the end of his fellowship, he heard that Dr. Robert McKenna at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles was offering a fellowship in the emerging field of Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Houck applied and was accepted in the position as the first fellow in the program. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Dr. Houck was asked to remain with Dr. McKenna's practice as an associate.He remained in private practice in Los Angeles from 2003 – 2006, but always had it in mind that he wished to return home to the Southeast. He was recruited back b a practice opportunity in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006. After eight years in Atlanta, the opportunity to relocate to Murfreesboro arose. The challenge of creating a new Thoracic surgery program as well as the wonderful community, made the decision an easy one for Dr. Houck.Dr. Houck is board certified in both General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He performs the entire breath of General Thoracic Surgery including benign and malignant diseases of the chest, lungs, and esophagus. his expertise in minimally-invasive techniques translates into a greater than 95% rate of success in avoiding the need for the larger incisions of traditional thoracic surgery with the accompanying increased risk of complications and pain/debilitation. Dr. Houck uses thoracoscopic, laparoscopic, and muscle-sparing incisions to achieve less pain, shortened hospital stays, and decreased costs, while maintaining quality outcomes.Dr. Houck has been married for nearly twenty years and has been blessed with five children. When he is not at the hospital, he can be found with his family."
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1  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

38  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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28  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Medical University of South Carolina Medical Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Medical University of South Carolina Medical Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

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