Dr. Howington is a Thoracic Surgical Oncologist at St. Thomas Health, where he is the Chairman of Thoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program. His focus is on minimally invasive treatment options for thoracic cancer and participation in promising clinical trials.
Dr. Howington received his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He completed his General surgical residency at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and his Thoracic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Howington serves a number of professional societies. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians. He served as co-chair of the Postgraduate committee of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association in 2015 and currently serves on the work force for coding & reimbursement for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.
He has been consecutively recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2007-2016. He was also recognized in the US News and World Report, top 1% of Physicians in the US since 2012.
Clinical: Lung cancer, lung cancer screening, lung cancer in women.
Personal: Exercise, cycling and mountain hikes.
1989 - M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee
1985 - B.S. Chemistry, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
July 1989 - June 1994: General Surgery Residency, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Truman Medical Center
Department of Surgery, Kansas City, Missouri
July 1994 - June 1997: Thoracic Surgery Residency,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Nashville, Tennessee
2013, 2015 "Top Performing Practice for Patient Loyalty" NorthShore University HealthSystem
2014 Physician Excellence Award presented by the Nurses of NorthShore Evanston Hospital
2014 NorthShore Medical Group Member Award, "Distinguished Contribution in Medicine" October 2014
Loyalty Leader Award, NorthShore University HealthSystem, September 2014
US News and World Report top 1% of Physicians in the US, 2012, 2013, 2014
Best Doctors in America, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016
"America's Top Doctors for Cancer" Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 2008-2016
"America's Top Doctors" Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2007-2016
Chicago Magazine "Top Doctors" 2012, 2014, 2016
2012 - US News and World Report top 1% of Physicians in the US
2009-2010, 2011-2012 - Best Doctors in America
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - "America's Top Doctors for Cancer" Castle Connolly Medical LTD
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - "America's Top Doctors" Castle Connolly Medical Ltd
2007-2008 - Best Doctors in America
2007 - "Top Doctors 2007" Cincinnati Magazine
2005 - "Top Doctors 2005" Cincinnati Magazine
2003 - "Top Doctors 2003" Cincinnati Magazine
2003 - Nominee, CancerFamilyCare Unsung Hero
2002 - Cincinnati Business Courier Forty under 40 Awards
1999 - Red Sash Award College of Medicine, Student and Academic Affairs, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
1994 - George Hedgepath Award - Outstanding Resident, Truman Medical Center
1994 - W. Ray Snider Award - Outstanding Chief Surgery Resident
1993 - Kip Robinson Award - Highest ABSITE Exam
1992 - Outstanding Junior Surgery Resident