Ho-Young Song was born in 1954 in the Republic of Korea. After he graduated in 1979 from Chonbuk National University in Jeonju, he specialised in radiology at Chonbuk and received his board certification in April 1983. He started to work as an instructor of radiology at Chonbuk National University Medical School in 1986 while he did his Ph.D., which he completed in 1987.
He soon became Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Radiology. In 1993 he joined the Asan Medical Center at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, where he obtained full professorship five years later. In 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Ulsan before becoming Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in March 2006. A prolific and innovative researcher in both interventional and cardiovascular radiology, Prof. Song holds 19 patents including the European patent for a self-expanding endovascular stent. The excellence of his work has led him to travel extensively and he has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in Japan, the USA, Spain and Sweden. He has been invited to speak at 262 lectures all around the world.
Prof. Song has received numerous distinctions for his pioneering contributions, including the Grand Prize Award from the Korean Medical Association, the Scientific Paper Award Grand Prix from the Korean Radiological Society and the Most Distinguished Scientist Award from the hands of South Korean President Myung-Bak Lee. He has also been duly rewarded for his excellent scientific papers and poster presentations at several meetings of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
He is an eminent member of the Korean Radiological Society, where he serves on the Scientific and Board Examination Committee. He is also a member of the Korean Society of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Korean Society of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology, and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). In addition, he has been a member of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) since 1999 and of the Society of Interventional Radiology USA since 2006.
He has published 12 book chapters, 228 articles and tendered 373 scientific papers. He is a reviewer and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, reviewer for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and serves on the Editorial Board of the Korean Journal of Radiology and the Journal of Chinese Interventional Radiology. Previously, he had served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Korean Interventional Radiological Society, and as Deputy Editor at the Korean Radiological Society.
He is married to He-Ja Chung and has two sons.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements and pioneering work in both interventional and cardiovascular radiology, Professor Ho-Young Song will be presented with Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2009.