Russell Howerton, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. In these roles, Howerton is responsible for leading the quality, safety, and risk functions for the system’s four hospitals and for its ambulatory clinics and physician organizations. These responsibilities include oversight of the quality of care and moving from "volume to value" in
clinical services in collaboration with the clinical chairs, chief nurse executives, and other management partners. As VP of Clinical Operations, Howerton is also responsible for several service lines, the ambulatory dialysis network, rehabilitation services, and an employed physician network.

Howerton’s key areas of interest include the operational and clinical aspects of care for patients with complex chronic conditions and co-morbidities and improving the experience of patients with those conditions. He previously served as the chair of the Chief Medical Officers Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Howerton received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Conflicts of Interest

As of December 8, 2020

Financial or Business Associations:

  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Employer

Personal Associations:

  • Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions (CHESS), Chair or other Board member


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