Dr. David Habin Song, MD, MBA

Dr. David Habin Song, MD, MBA

Languages: English
Fax: (866) 990-5516

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  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • abdominal scars
  • acquired absence of breast
  • acquired deformity of reconstructed breast
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • benign neoplasm of skin
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal wall reconstruction
  • abdominoplasty
  • aesthetic surgery
  • arm lift
  • body contouring
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About the Provider

David H. Song, MD, is MedStar Health's Physician Executive Director for MedStar Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Academic Chair for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. As such, he directs the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery services at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

An internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery, Dr. Song is known for his pioneering work in chest wall reconstruction techniques, particularly DIEP flap procedures, and oncoplastic surgery. He is also a specialist in performing lymphovenous bypass and lymph node transfer using microsurgical and super-microsurgical techniques to reduce the severity of lymphedema.

A widely published and prolific researcher, Dr. Song is an associate editor for plastic surgery's leading professional journals, a reviewer for many other medical publications, and an editor or co-author of numerous text books and chapters, respectively. He is a frequent guest lecturer at major medical schools and hospitals, and appears regularly as a speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Song has been recognized as a top regional doctor by Castle Connolly and Chicago Magazine.

Before joining MedStar, Dr. Song was chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The University of Chicago Medicine. He is a past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, among others.

Dr. Song received his medical degree with thesis from the University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. He then fulfilled his internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he subsequently completed the rest of his training: residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery, followed by a fellowship in microsurgery. Dr. Song also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Philosophy of Care

"I believe strongly in individualized patient care and treat every patient as if he or she were a member of my own family. In my role as an educator of the next generation of plastic surgeons, I urge my residents to follow that same approach. It's the only way to assure you're providing the best, most up-to-date, compassionate and empathetic care possible, to every patient, every time. "
Conditions Treated
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Lymphedema
  • Cosmetic Surgery
Procedures Performed
  • Plastic surgery
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Lymphovenous bypass
  • Lymph node transfer/transplant
  • Breast implant revisions, DIEP Flap Breast reconstruction after implant failure

  • Graduate Education: University of Chicago College (2009)
  • Fellowship Program: University of Chicago Medical Center (2001)
  • Residency Program: University of Chicago Medical Center (2000)
  • Residency Program: University of Chicago Medical Center (1998)
  • Medical School: University of California Los Angeles (1995)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery

An algorithmic approach to total breast reconstruction with free tissue transfer.
Yu SC, Kleiber GM, Song DH.
Arch Plast Surg. 2013 May;40(3):173-80. doi: 10.5999/aps.2013.40.3.173.

Optimizing delivery of breast conservation therapy: a multidisciplinary approach to oncoplastic surgery.
Roughton MC, Shenaq D, Jaskowiak N, Park JE, Song DH.
Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Sep;69(3):250-5. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31822afa99

Pedicle preservation technique for arterial and venous turbocharging of free DIEP and muscle-sparing TRAM flaps.
Tseng CY, Lang PO, Cipriani NA, Song DH.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Sep 15;120(4):851-4

Breast Reconstruction with SIEA Flaps: A Single-Institution Experience with 145 Free Flaps.
Park JE, Shenaq DS, Silva AK, Mhlaba JM, Song DH.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jun;137(6):1682-9. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002158.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Consensus Statement from the American Society of Breast Surgeons: Additional Considerations and a Framework for Shared Decision Making.
Boughey JC, Attai DJ, Chen SL, Cody HS, Dietz JR, Feldman SM, Greenberg CC, Kass RB, Landercasper J, Lemaine V, MacNeill F, Margenthaler JA, Song DH, Staley AC, Wilke LG, Willey SC, Yao KA.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23(10):3106-11. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5408-8


Practice Locations
  • 6862 Elm Street
    Suite 800
    McLean, VA 22101
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    Phone: 202-295-0560
    Fax: 877-376-2418

  • 1133 21st Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036
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  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Suite NW
    Washington, DC 20010
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  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Washington, DC 20007
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Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital