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 (153 Ratings, 15 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 (153 Ratings, 15 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.8
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.7
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.7
  • Used words you could understand 4.8
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.7
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8

Patient Comments

  • Jun 09, 2018

    great experience

  • Mar 23, 2018

    Dr Song was supposed to get back to me about cats scan results but didn't call that day and I had to call the next day . I just figured that he was a very busy man.

  • Jan 08, 2018

    Dr. Song, to my knowledge, is a highly skilled and compassionate physician. I have high confidence in the surgical repair of my mitral valve he preformed and it was my pleasure to be under his care and to benefit from his expertise. In my estimate, there is likely no more skilled heart surgeon in the Pacific Northwest than Dr. Song.

  • Oct 23, 2017

    Dr. Song is simply one of the best doctors I've been treated by. I am so appreciative of his caring nature and thoroughness in providing care. I owe a lot to him for his expertise and help with Dr. Heitner. I feel like I've been given a gift in life because of Dr. Song.

  • Aug 28, 2017

    Care provider seemed to simplify my concerns to the point that I felt he was not really interested in the problem at hand. I think that a little more empathy could have been shown, and time spent hearing what I was already doing to solve the problem so that he was not giving me the most obvious solution that had already been tried.

  • Jul 25, 2017

    Dr. Sng is too busy. He had to go find Dr. Zahr like before. He had patients waiting before and after talking with me very briefly.

  • May 01, 2017

    Dr. Song in addition to being a skill doctor is also a very welcoming and warm human being. I was a pleasure to be his patient.

  • Apr 10, 2017

    Dr. Howard Song was indeed "excellent:..."down to earth" professional, and seem to know my medical history well...even, ask many questions about my medial past history...

  • Feb 21, 2017

    very good

  • Nov 28, 2016

    The PA (Elan) & Dr. Song were both excellent

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