Russell M. Howerton, MD, FACS

Russell Howerton

Russell M. Howerton, MD, FACS, is President for Wake Forest Health Network and Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations.

Howerton provides leadership for quality of service and clinical and operational excellence across the health care system, and has oversight of the non-faculty physician network and medical group practices. 

His clinical leadership and operational purview include quality in service and clinical excellence in collaboration with the clinical chairs, the chief nursing officer and administrative co-management partners.

Prior to being named President of the Wake Forest Health Network and Health System Chief Medical Officer, Howerton had served as Vice CMO since 2009, and as Associate Chief of Professional Services since 2004.

Howerton earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in surgical endoscopy/laparoscopy at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as senior registrar in the Hepatobiliary Surgical Unit of Hammersmith Hospital at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School of the University of London.

Howerton, a professor of surgery (general surgery), serves in leadership roles on numerous boards and was re-appointed chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Applicants District 5 for 2010.