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John A. Howington, MD


Saint Thomas Heart - Franklin

Saint Thomas Medical Partners - Thoracic Surgery


  • Medical School
    1989 - M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee 1985 - B.S. Chemistry, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Residency
    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
  • Certifications
    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


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.