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Medical Expert - Russell M. Howerton, MD

Area of Expertise: Surgery - General
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Russell M. Howerton, MD

Professor, Surgery, General

After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University in1983 and surgical residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in 1989, Dr. Howerton undertook fellowships in surgical endoscopy and laparoscopy (Cleveland, 1991) and Hepatobiliary Surgery (London, 1992) before coming to Wake Forest Baptist. His clinical interests involve tumors of the liver, pancreas and esophagus and complex gastrointestinal surgery. He's involved in a busy clinical service that includes the teaching of residents and medical students and he serves as the Chief Medical Officer. As such he is involved in improving the processes and systems the medical center uses to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. He is listed in Best Doctors in America.


Pancreatic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Bile Duct Cancer, Esophageal Surgery, Gastric Surgery, Liver Surgery


Doctor Ratings Patient Comments Now on Medical Center Website
Wake Forest Baptist is the first health care system in North Carolina to post patient satisfaction data and comments about staff physicians on its website.
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Russell Howerton, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the integrated health system of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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