Howard K. SongM.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine


  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Aortic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve
  • Surgery

I see patients at


Dr. Howard Song is a professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He also serves as the surgery director of OHSU's Heart Failure and Transplant Program and its Thoracic Aorta Program.

Dr. Song performs surgery for patients with all types of adult cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart failure and aortic aneurysms. He has special expertise in aortic and mitral valve repair, transplantation, ventricular assist devices and aortic aneurysms.

He is a strong patient advocate and believes in spending ample time with patients and their families to discuss the patient's cardiovascular condition. He explains treatment options to help patients and families make the best choice for each patient.

He also does both clinical and basic science research on cardiovascular disease. His research focuses on biomedical and tissue engineering, genetically-triggered thoracic aortic aneurysms and patient outcomes following cardiovascular surgery.

Dr. Song earned his M.D. degree at Stanford University. He completed a residency in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He also earned a Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • B.S., 1989, Yale University
  • M.D., 1994, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., 2001, University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Graduate Studies
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • Fellowship:

    • Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA, 2004
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2005; recertified 2015
    • American Board of Surgery, 2002; recertified 2013


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Patient ratings

4.8 out of 5 (186 Ratings, 66 Comments)

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