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

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Faculty profile

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (269 Ratings, 54 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

4.8 out of 5 (269 Ratings, 54 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Very positive

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Yeah, everything was fine and he was a very good doctor, very cordial. I have no problem with him. Thank you

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Dr. Song is knowledgable in his area of cardiac issues with me. He has superior customer relations, explains things well and gives me the confidence U need to go through a second aortic surgery.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Great doctor ! He has changed my quality of life and given me hope .

  • Apr 16, 2019

    Super! Coming in on our 52nd wedding anniversary for a consult about a second round of heart/aorta surgery made for a stressful state of mind. My experience with Dr. Song and all clinic staff was so good for relieving me of that stress and concern over the state of my health. I came into the clinic fully expecting Dr. Song to set a date for a apparently necessary open heart surgery; instead, he carefully explained his review of my case; he clearly explained why his choice was to put any surgery on hold until future changes in my condition would warrant coming back to the surgery option; he advised regarding the need for appropriate care and monitoring by my regular Cardiologist, Dr. Kevin Woolf (who set up this visit), and noted that he would personally connect with Dr. Woolf that afternoon to discuss my case.Both myself and my wife could not have been happier with our experience! That was indeed a wonderful anniversary present.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    It was a very brief but pleasant interaction. He had already gone through my chart thoroughly and the visit was a quick review and meeting him prior to an upcoming procedure I feel very thoroughly briefed on.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Dr. Song was very professional, very knowledgeable, answered all the questions and he is an excellent communicator.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    It was a brief visit, but glad to meet him.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    We had a great experience.

  • Apr 10, 2019

    My major heart surgery was accomplished without complication. I’m alive, and I’m grateful.