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

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Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (176 Ratings, 53 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 (176 Ratings, 53 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

  • 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.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Because the fact that I'm just getting a second it's urgent opinion before. Before my procedure there wasn't much for us to do. So my experience was quite short and you made time for questions, but I really didn't have any so I just didn't really get to know him. So that's why I gave it a 50% I really couldn't say.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Very caring and knowledgeable. Even with his expertise he is humble and easy to talk to. Helped a great deal with our comfort in the decision to proceed with surgery.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Very personable and informative

  • Mar 20, 2019

    His explanations were very understandable.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Okay, well he seemed well qualified and he was helpful.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    Yes, I am [Name] and I am very grateful to Dr Sanz with my operation and all the vermilion and nurses in the offices of the hospital and I am very grateful to him for having operated and that is all I have to do. say I'm grateful to me with everything from there to the hospital.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Friendly, helpful and good patient advocate

  • Mar 06, 2019

    I enjoyed my meeting with Dr. Song , he is a very carring and kind he answers all myQuestions and assured me No Blood surgery I am a Jehovahs witness and he assured me all the team will do a bloodless prime on the cell saver and will take good care of me

  • Mar 05, 2019

    I was very impressed with the doctor's knowledge in him explaining what is going to be done and the percentage of how... like 99% effective and only 1% which is very, very, very low and instead of... as low as a 0 and I was very impressed with him explaining all that.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Dr. Song was very clear and went through a lot of details to tell me what was going to happen because I'm really afraid of this open heart surgery and he put my mind at rest. I I'm still nervous about it, of course, but he he managed to explain it to where it just isn't as frightening and I & I really admire him.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Good meeting

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr. Song answered all our questions and demonstrated reasurring confidence.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Very kind, good explanation of upcoming procedure

  • Jan 18, 2019

    We enjoyed meeting Dr. Song. We left feeling that he wanted to help [Name]

  • Jan 17, 2019

    They all were compassionate, professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Dr. Song seemed aloof and mildly interested.

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  • Jan 17, 2019

    Brief visit, but gave helpful information and answered all questions.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Dr. Song and his staff were extremely professional and courteous and answered all my questions. Thank you.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    Knowledgeable and seems to want to connect with me as a person .

  • Dec 28, 2018

    She really likes Dr. Song. He's a very good doctor and he's got a very good staff and is open and to the point.

  • Dec 27, 2018

    Dr Song is compassionate and caring and listened to all of concerns. He gave me the best of care during surgery and after, and continued through my post op appointment. I couldn?t thank him enough for taking good care of me, seeking out the valve I hoped for, and my husband told me he even had a plastic surgeon finish the closure on my incision. At the post op Dr Song removed the tape and the incision is healing very nicely. Please tell him I?m forever grateful for him - this is the best Christmas present to have the surgery safely behind me, my heart ready to start the new year!

  • Dec 20, 2018

    I was very impressed with my position. But we didn't really have a lot of time to discuss although that we didn't fairly discuss my upcoming procedure but didn't didn't really have a lot of time to go into too much detail.

  • 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.

  • Oct 17, 2018

    I was impressed with his direct, no-nonsense approach. Myh impression was that he was highly skilled and conmpetent in his field.

  • Sep 18, 2018

    He's always been friendly, easy to understand, explains things with great detail & genuinely seems to care about both his patients & his job!

  • Aug 27, 2018

    Very good experience! I believe the best decisions has been made concerning my health and surgery.

  • Aug 20, 2018

    I thought he was very polite, very knowledgeable, you know, I thought he was great. I liked him. Thank you.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Great provider, answered all my questions and made me feel like I was important. Also made me feel like he would take all the time I needed. Thank you so much

  • Jul 18, 2018

    He was extremely professional, I'm very satisfied ? to this point with everything he's done. I would highly recommend him to anybody.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Very professional and answered all questions in terms that I could understand.

  • Jul 17, 2018

    My wait was almost nil and Dr. Song was very helpful.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    All the staff were very pleasant and professional.