Howard K. Song M.D., Ph.D.

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Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 26 Comments)


  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery

Special focus on

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


  • B.S., Yale University, New Haven Connecticut 1989
  • M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford California 1994
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Graduate Studies, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2001
  • 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


Dr. Song is the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery as of July 2012. He has been a member of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at OHSU since 2004. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University and Stanford University and completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University. He serves as the surgery director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program and the Thoracic Aorta Program at OHSU.

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. His special areas of clinical interest include aortic and mitral valve repair, transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and aortic aneurysms.

Dr. Song is actively involved in both clinical and basic science research on cardiovascular disease. His research interests include biomedical and tissue engineering, genetically-triggered thoracic aortic aneurysms, and patient outcomes following cardiovascular surgery. He is actively involved in numerous cardiothoracic surgery societies and committees, is a reviewer for numerous cardiothoracic surgery journals, and has authored more than 80 journal articles.

Dr. Song supports a multidisciplinary approach for patients with cardiovascular disease. He works closely with colleagues from different disciplines, including cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology, and critical care medicine. He is also a strong patient advocate and believes in spending ample time with patients and their families in order to discuss their cardiovascular condition. Together with the patient and family members, he explains the treatment options to help them make the best choice for each individual patient.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 26 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 06, 2018

    He was very, very interesting and answered our questions and explained things to me. Very, very nice man. And very intelligent doctor.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Hi, this is [Name] leaving a comment for Dr. Song. I think he was absolutely great. The man was so professional, understanding, it was a tough time for me in my life, and I want to thank him so much. He was just what a person needed to talk to, to explain things to, and kind of put your mind at ease. It was just a great man, a great doctor and very friendly, and made it like he was part of the family.

  • Nov 08, 2018

    He is very compassionate, expert, and really seemed to care about me. Took a long time to answer questions.

  • Nov 08, 2018

    My experience with Dr. Song and her group there was excellent. I feel very comfortable with working with them. I thought they were very, very capable and interested in their patients, and I really, really like him and the people within his work.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    I was extremely impressed. He was very personable, he was very professional, and he was very thorough in explaining things to me and to my wife and we left both feeling much better than we did going in. It was a very nice experience.

  • Nov 06, 2018

    Dr Song is competent compassionate and good communicator feel very comfortable with him. He answered questions and gave great advice

  • Oct 30, 2018

    I just met with Dr. Song briefly for 3 minutes I would say and pleasant and well groomed and thank you. That's all I have to say. I didn't have enough time for the man to really form much of an opinion, but I'm sure he's a fine doctor or he wouldn't be working at OHSU. That's all now. Thank you.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Dr. Song was very polite, listened to everything we had to say, answered your questions. We didn't feel a bit rushed. He was just such a gracious person and we just loved every minute we spent with him.

  • Oct 24, 2018

    I absolutely love everything about the office, my doctor, his assistants & the receptionists! They're all wonderful

  • Oct 18, 2018

    We found it very helpful that the p.a. And the doctor both presented info to us allowing us to hear it twice. they both offered many opportunities for questions.

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