Michael A Savin MD

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  • Clinical Medical Director, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Assistant Professor of Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 46 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Breast Cancer
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh 1969
  • Residency:

    • Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1973
  • Fellowship:

    • Hematology, University of Washington, 1975
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1974), Hematology, (1976), Medical Oncology (1977)


Dr. Savin is the clinical medical director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Since completing his training at Duke University and the University of Washington, Dr. Savin has worked in academic and private practice settings treating patients with blood disorders and a variety of cancers. While he continues to treat patients with many kinds of cancer, a major part of his practice has been in the care of people with breast cancer.

Dr. Savin finds every aspect of his work rewarding, but his greatest satisfaction comes from getting to know his patients and their families. He says, “There is a very special and unique bond that develops between physician and patient when dealing with serious illnesses. I can’t imagine another profession that would let me know so well and care for people of such diverse backgrounds.”

An active clinical researcher for many years, Dr. Savin has worked in the design of clinical trials and management of a large clinical research program in a private practice setting. He developed a breast cancer chemotherapy regimen and helped design the clinical trials leading to its acceptance as one of the standard treatments to help prevent recurrence of the disease.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Savin enjoys spending time with his wife, a pulmonary physician, and his sons, daughter and grandchildren. A fan of opera and live music, his primary hobby is playing guitar and working on his skills as a guitarist. He enjoys getting away to Central Oregon with his family and spending time at his daughter’s scenic equestrian training facility in Newberg.

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  • German (some)
  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and associations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 46 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

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Kind experienced expert friendly and encouraging

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Actually there were three providers that I met with! They were all very knowledgeable and gave good information. Answered all questions. Were very friendly, not at all aloof and gave me their undivided attention! Loved the team concept used with this practice!!

  • Mar 08, 2019

    A wonderful provider very acknowledge and very accommodating to the care that you want. Thank you very much.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    The doctor is super professional and the entire medical team very satisfied with the care they give my mom every time she has her appointment thank you.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Dr. Savin has been a wonderful doctor to me. He called me personally to tell me I had Cancer in my masectomy breast. I was absolutely shaken and he was very calm and assuring.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Best and most attentive and accurate; up to date health care

  • Feb 03, 2019

    My experience with this provider is very very good. He's my oncologist and he's he's always been most encouraging. That's why I'm 5 years out of breast cancer.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful, & respectful

  • Feb 02, 2019

    He is compassionate, knowledgeable, and he listens deeply.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Dr. Savin is the most compassionate and knowledgeable physician I’ve ever known. Such a up beat guy!

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr. Savin is very informative, he's very patient. He listens to what my needs are or anything that I may be concerned about. He's just all out a very good doctor. I really appreciate having him and do not regret have him as a doctor.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    He is a great listener and very insightful and cares about you getting the best care.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    Dr. Savin is a very kind, caring, and knowledgeable doctor. He made my cancer go away by his treatment and I'll be forever grateful to him.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    I guess I would say on his behalf that he's been like, pretty good to me and he told me something on my last appointment and he said that nothing was found, that I should be concerned of and to get back to living. I wish someone else would've told me that a year or two ago, then I wouldn't have to be doing all these appointments and chasing around and the depression and the PTSD of thinking cancer is coming back. What he told me to do is go out and start living again. I think that is amazing, because I have. And as I almost fall into tears over his, like, complete consideration of my mental state, he said it was okay to go back to my lifestyle and*

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Hi, I thought that Dr. Savin is very professional. Very caring. Very thorough. I have seen him on two occasions now, and I've already recommended him to others. And I feel very very good about all my experience with OHSU. It's wonderful being able to go to an institution like this and Dr. Savin is, I feel like I'm in just the top hands I could possibly be. So I hope that's good. Thanks.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Dr. Savin was great. He was the most thorough and compassionate physician that I have seen in a while. He's great. Thanks.

  • Dec 05, 2018

    They are amazing and super caring. They care about my health and my well being. Dr.Savin and his team make me feel better and less scared.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    This is [Name] I had a very good experience with Dr. Savin. He answered all of my questions. He seemed very concerned about my welfare and how I was doing, he took notes and I couldn't asked for a better physician for my breast surgery....my breast cancer that I had and he more or less assured me that I probably.... in all likelihood, I will not get it again, which made me feel very good, but I will continue to have checkups and I will see him again.

  • Nov 12, 2018

    Very thorough, explained things well.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    I truly couldn't ask for a better cancer physician. Not only is Dr. Savin highly intelligent his warm compassionate personality is out standing!

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Hi, I had cancer 6 1/2 years ago, breast cancer, and it returned. I felt much better after my consultation with the doctor... he eased my anxiety quite a bit.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    My husband and I were extremely impressed with Dr. Savin. He was very knowledgeable. He was warm and friendly, wonderful eye contact. A very caring man. I felt very confident knowing that he is my doctor going forward and he explained everything to my liking, obviously because I am only has stage 1 cancer patient, and I have a very good prognosis. So anyway, we really liked him and felt a bit... we even liked him socially he's so nice and he's obviously a very brilliant man and who loves his family and speaks highly of... of them. Anyway, we... we definitely would highly recommend him and look forward to meeting with him again and *

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Very pleasant & informative visit.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    It was great as always.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    He is polite and thorough - patient - gives one time to ask questions and re-ask - works well with his Fellowship interns - he seems to be up on the patient?s total health history.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    Dr Savin was very thorough, knowledgeable and personable. I felt I was dealing with an expert and greatly appreciate the consultation.

  • Aug 30, 2018

    listens, well informed, kind

  • Aug 17, 2018

    Dr. Savin was very comforting, yet he was very informative and treated me with dignity. And I sure appreciate him. I met him at Good SAM while he was filling in and even though my health net has better coverage at Good SAM I followed him to OHSU. I have full confidence in Dr. Savin. He's an angel.

  • Aug 10, 2018

    I rate the doctor as an excellent doctor. Very caring, very kind, very friendly. The doctor was very beautiful with me.

  • Aug 10, 2018

    Dr. Saven is extremely kind, and patient, and listens, and that is much appreciated. Having been in the medical profession for quite a few years I really enjoy him and I'm very very pleased with his care. Thank you.

  • Aug 07, 2018

    I appreciated Dr. Savin's attentiveness very much. He was beyond patient with my concerns, and was thoughtful in helping recommend the best course of treatment for me.

  • Aug 03, 2018

    I can?t say enough how Dr. Savin is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate in his field of Oncology! OHSU, is incredible...Thank you all that has treated me[Name][Name]

  • Jul 28, 2018

    He is very patient and supports with hearts. His attitude makes me comfort me and makes me concentrate my treatment with confidence.

  • Jul 22, 2018

    He was very friendly, informative, and my daughter and I felt very good after the visit. He informed us of the purpose of the drug and didn?t push us one way or another. Really liked his manner

  • Jul 21, 2018

    He's a (INAUDIBLE) very good bedside manners, and he was very helpful for helping me decide to go take the chemo that he recommended, which was the lighter-weight 1 of the 2 different drugs, and I appreciate his concern in my not wanting it to do it, but he encouraged me to take the chemo anyway.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Dr. Savin clearly explained the procedures with chemo that may occur after my breast cancer surgery. I thank him very much and look forward to a rewarding and life time experience in his care.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Dr. Savin is a very conscientious, knowledgeable and caring doctor. I feel like he's taken very good care of me.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Dr. Savin is so very professional, knowledgable, compassionate and caring.His credibility and expertise kept me confident that I would see light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Jun 06, 2018

    Starting new medicine and Dr. Savin brought in a pharmacist, which was a great idea, he was terrific explaining all the side effects, treatment for these and how to combat early intervention for these side effects.

  • Apr 24, 2018


  • Feb 17, 2018

    I'm very happy Dr [Name] had me be under Dr Savin's care starting [Redacted] when he discussed chemo for mass in my left breast. Dr Savin, is a very caring physician, he really helped me through a difficult time. Not just with the cancer but my own emotions and trying to help my mom be more at ease. I feel very fortunate to have had him be by my side as I know, he'd probably like to retire!

  • Jan 25, 2018

    First time visit to set up survivorship care. Took time to get to know me and my family/situation/history. Very experienced and connected to other services. I felt an immediate rapport and trust. I'm confident that this is the right provider for my care.

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Still pending.....

  • Jan 11, 2018

    Dr. Savin was very helpful to me. He researched doctors in my new place and I feel went above and beyond what was required. He actually called me at home to provide additional information which was outstanding service, in my opinion.

  • Jan 01, 2018

    shows patience and caring with his patients. Allows for extra time if needed with patient.

  • Nov 09, 2017

    First meeting with this provider - I liked him very much. (Have changed oncologist 4 times now)

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