John Song, MD, MPH, MAT

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

John Song

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Division of General Internal Medicine
504 Boynton, 410 Church Stree SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Margie O'Neill

Administrative Phone

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Center for Bioethics


MD, Medical School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


John Song is an Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics and in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s degree in teaching from Brown University. He earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Greenwall Fellowship in Ethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. While at Johns Hopkins, he completed a Master’s degree in Public Health. His educational focus is bioethics education which he taught as a medical student and as a fellow. At Minnesota, he teaches bioethics in the Medical School and develops programs for students and residents. Dr. Song also has a curricular and research interest in bioethics and policy education, especially in defining the objectives and goals of bioethics, policy, and professionalism education for medical learners. He serves as the Medical School’s chapter advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and nationally on the GHHS Advisory Council. His research interests include homelessness and health, end of life care, and bioethics education. His clinical activities include attending on the general medicine inpatient service. He founded The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a free health clinic staffed by volunteers and students with a dual mission of serving those without insurance and professional education, in 2003 and serves as advisor for ISTOP, a street outreach medical project.

Awards & Recognition

  • Advisory Council Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society (2012 -Present)
  • Standing Member, NNRC Study Section, NIH (2010-Present)
  • University Community Service Award, University of Minnesota (2004)
  • Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, University of Minnesota (2004)
  • Early Distinguished Career Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minnesota Medical Foundation (2004)
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, University of Minnesota (2004)
  • Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, Arnold Gold Foundation (2004)
  • Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society, Johns Hopkins (1997)
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1991)

Professional Associations

  • NIH, NNRC Study Section, standing member (July 2009-2013)
  • National Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board, National Minority AIDS Council, member (December 2008-Present)
  • Veterans Administration (VA) Comprehensive End of Life Care (CELC) Initiative, Homeless and Rural Veterans Workgroup, grant reviewer, member (September 2008-Present)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Medical Humanities and Ethics Committee, member; Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health R01NR009815-01A1 “Intervention to Improve Expression of End of Life Preference for Homeless Persons” (March 2007-Present)
  • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health



  • Winkelman T NA, Antiel RM, Davey CS, Tilburt JC, Song J. Medical Students and the Affordable Care Act – Results of a Multi-Site Survey. Arch Int Med .2012; 172(16).
  • Song J, Ratner E, Wall M, Bartels D, Ulvestad N, Petroskas D, West M, Weber-Main AM, Grengs L, Gelberg L Effect of an End of Life Planning Intervention on the Completion of Advance Directives Among Homeless Persons: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med July 20, 2010 153:76-84.
  • Bramante C, Song J. Discrepancies in End-of-Life Care for the Homeless, Virtual Mentor 2009; 11(1): 35-6.
  • Song J, Wall M, Ratner E, Bartels D, Ulves N, Dawn Dee, Lillian Gelberg. Engaging Homeless Persons in End of Life Planning, J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23:2031-2045.


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests

Medical Ethics and Underserved Populations