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    Ling Zheng, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Research Neurology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentNeurology
    AddressKeck Hospital of USC, Room1221
    Off Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 442 9958
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      TitleDirector of Quality Informatics


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      Dr. Ling Zheng is an associate professor of research in the Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Quality Informatics at Keck Medical Center of USC (Keck Hospital + Norris Cancer Hospital). She served as Director of Biostatistics and Outcomes Assessment at LAC+USC Medical Center for 4 years. She holds a medical degree from Fujian Medical University, M.S. in Biostatistics, and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from University of Southern California. She has been active in the research area of antiatherogenic intervention on atherosclerosis progression, atherosclerotic vascular disease history and dementia, vascular disease risk factors in amyloid angiopathy for 15 years. Her current special interest is in advancing real world evidence-based approaches in cerebrovascular disease prevention and treatment, public and professional education in neurodegenerative disease management, and hospital quality improvement and outcomes management using national healthcare databases.


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      1. Ramirez-Gomez L, Zheng L, Reed B, Kramer J, Mungas D, Zarow C, Vinters H, Ringman JM, Chui H. Neuropsychological Profiles Differentiate Alzheimer Disease from Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Dementia in an Autopsy-Defined Cohort. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017; 44(1-2):1-11. PMID: 28595184.
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      2. Poblete R, Zheng L, Raghavan R, Cen S, Amar A, Sanossian N, Mack W, Kim-Tenser M. Trends in Ventriculostomy-Associated Infections and Mortality in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Data From the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. World Neurosurg. 2017 Mar; 99:599-604. PMID: 28034809.
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      3. Yassine HN, Feng Q, Azizkhanian I, Rawat V, Castor K, Fonteh AN, Harrington MG, Zheng L, Reed BR, DeCarli C, Jagust WJ, Chui HC. Association of Serum Docosahexaenoic Acid With Cerebral Amyloidosis. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Oct 01; 73(10):1208-1216. PMID: 27532692.
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      4. Zheng L, Vinters HV, Mack WJ, Weiner MW, Chui HC. Differential effects of ischemic vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease on brain atrophy and cognition. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2016 Jan; 36(1):204-15. PMID: 26126864; PMCID: PMC4758550 [Available on 01/01/17].
      5. Bansal E, Dhawan R, Wagman B, Low G, Zheng L, Chan L, Newton K, Swadron SP, Testa N, Shavelle DM. Importance of hospital entry: walk-in STEMI and primary percutaneous coronary intervention. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb; 15(1):81-7. PMID: 24578769; PMCID: PMC3935790.
      6. Salim A, Ley EJ, Berry C, Schulman D, Navarro S, Zheng L, Chan LS. Increasing organ donation in Hispanic Americans: the role of media and other community outreach efforts. JAMA Surg. 2014 Jan; 149(1):71-6. PMID: 24225817.
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      7. Zheng L, Vinters HV, Mack WJ, Zarow C, Ellis WG, Chui HC. Cerebral atherosclerosis is associated with cystic infarcts and microinfarcts but not Alzheimer pathologic changes. Stroke. 2013 Oct; 44(10):2835-41. PMID: 23887837; PMCID: PMC4049465.
      8. Shavelle DM, Zheng L, Ottochian M, Wagman B, Testa N, Hall S, Koenig W, Chan LS, Matthews RV. Time of day variation in door-to-balloon time for STEMI patients in Los Angeles County: does time of day make a difference? Acute Card Care. 2013 Sep; 15(3):52-7. PMID: 23738606.
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      9. Salim A, Berry C, Ley EJ, Liou DZ, Schulman D, Navarro S, Zheng L, Chan LS. Increasing intent to donate in Hispanic American high school students: results of a prospective observational study. Transplant Proc. 2013 Jan-Feb; 45(1):13-9. PMID: 23375270; PMCID: PMC3564055.
      10. Salim A, Bery C, Ley EJ, Schulman D, Navarro S, Zheng L, Chan LS. A focused educational program after religious services to improve organ donation in Hispanic Americans. Clin Transplant. 2012 Nov-Dec; 26(6):E634-40. PMID: 23106648; PMCID: PMC3538818.
      11. Zheng L, Teng EL, Varma R, Mack WJ, Mungas D, Lu PH, Chui HC. Chinese-language montreal cognitive assessment for cantonese or mandarin speakers: age, education, and gender effects. Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 2012:204623. PMID: 22830073; PMCID: PMC3399373.
      12. Jung S, Zarow C, Mack WJ, Zheng L, Vinters HV, Ellis WG, Lyness SA, Chui HC. Preservation of neurons of the nucleus basalis in subcortical ischemic vascular disease. Arch Neurol. 2012 Jul; 69(7):879-86. PMID: 22393167; PMCID: PMC4184885.
      13. Chan LS, Elabiad M, Zheng L, Wagman B, Low G, Chang R, Testa N, Hall SL. A medical staff peer review system in a public teaching hospital--an internal quality improvement tool. J Healthc Qual. 2014 Jan-Feb; 36(1):37-44. PMID: 22646743.
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      14. Zheng L, Mack WJ, Chui HC, Heflin L, Mungas D, Reed B, DeCarli C, Weiner MW, Kramer JH. Coronary artery disease is associated with cognitive decline independent of changes on magnetic resonance imaging in cognitively normal elderly adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Mar; 60(3):499-504. PMID: 22283410; PMCID: PMC3302932.
      15. Chui HC, Zheng L, Reed BR, Vinters HV, Mack WJ. Vascular risk factors and Alzheimer's disease: are these risk factors for plaques and tangles or for concomitant vascular pathology that increases the likelihood of dementia? An evidence-based review. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2012 Jan 04; 4(1):1. PMID: 22182734; PMCID: PMC3471388.
      16. Sahai-Srivastava S, Zheng L. Undiagnosed depression and its correlates in a predominantly immigrant Hispanic neurology clinic. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 Oct; 113(8):623-5. PMID: 21680085.
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      17. Vigen CL, Mack WJ, Keefe RS, Sano M, Sultzer DL, Stroup TS, Dagerman KS, Hsiao JK, Lebowitz BD, Lyketsos CG, Tariot PN, Zheng L, Schneider LS. Cognitive effects of atypical antipsychotic medications in patients with Alzheimer's disease: outcomes from CATIE-AD. Am J Psychiatry. 2011 Aug; 168(8):831-9. PMID: 21572163; PMCID: PMC3310182.
      18. Sahai-Srivastava S, Zheng L. Occipital neuralgia with and without migraine: difference in pain characteristics and risk factors. Headache. 2011 Jan; 51(1):124-8. PMID: 21198572.
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      19. Tsai CF, Wang SJ, Zheng L, Fuh JL. Category verbal fluency predicted changes in behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010 Aug; 64(4):408-14. PMID: 20573053.
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      20. Towfighi A, Zheng L, Ovbiagele B. Weight of the obesity epidemic: rising stroke rates among middle-aged women in the United States. Stroke. 2010 Jul; 41(7):1371-5. PMID: 20508193.
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      21. Lavretsky H, Zheng L, Weiner MW, Mungas D, Reed B, Kramer JH, Jagust W, Chui H, Mack WJ. Association of depressed mood and mortality in older adults with and without cognitive impairment in a prospective naturalistic study. Am J Psychiatry. 2010 May; 167(5):589-97. PMID: 20160005; PMCID: PMC2864365.
      22. Towfighi A, Zheng L, Ovbiagele B. Sex-specific trends in midlife coronary heart disease risk and prevalence. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Oct 26; 169(19):1762-6. PMID: 19858433.
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      23. Zheng L, Mack WJ, Dagerman KS, Hsiao JK, Lebowitz BD, Lyketsos CG, Stroup TS, Sultzer DL, Tariot PN, Vigen C, Schneider LS. Metabolic changes associated with second-generation antipsychotic use in Alzheimer's disease patients: the CATIE-AD study. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 May; 166(5):583-90. PMID: 19369318; PMCID: PMC2891018.
      24. Lavretsky H, Zheng L, Weiner MW, Mungas D, Reed B, Kramer JH, Jagust W, Chui H, Mack WJ. The MRI brain correlates of depressed mood, anhedonia, apathy, and anergia in older adults with and without cognitive impairment or dementia. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008 Oct; 23(10):1040-50. PMID: 18412291; PMCID: PMC2575050.
      25. Akopian G, Crawford C, Beal MF, Cappelletti M, Jakowec MW, Petzinger GM, Zheng L, Gheorghe SL, Reichel CM, Chow R, Walsh JP. Decreased striatal dopamine release underlies increased expression of long-term synaptic potentiation at corticostriatal synapses 24 h after 3-nitropropionic-acid-induced chemical hypoxia. J Neurosci. 2008 Sep 17; 28(38):9585-97. PMID: 18799690; PMCID: PMC2724653.
      26. Beringer PM, Hidayat L, Heed A, Zheng L, Owens H, Benitez D, Rao AP. GFR estimates using cystatin C are superior to serum creatinine in adult patients with cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. 2009 Jan; 8(1):19-25. PMID: 18799365.
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      27. Sahai-Srivastava S, Desai P, Zheng L. Analysis of headache management in a busy emergency room in the United States. Headache. 2008 Jun; 48(6):931-8. PMID: 18549371.
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      28. Jagust WJ, Zheng L, Harvey DJ, Mack WJ, Vinters HV, Weiner MW, Ellis WG, Zarow C, Mungas D, Reed BR, Kramer JH, Schuff N, DeCarli C, Chui HC. Neuropathological basis of magnetic resonance images in aging and dementia. Ann Neurol. 2008 Jan; 63(1):72-80. PMID: 18157909; PMCID: PMC2624571.
      29. Zheng L, Hodis HN, Buchanan TA, Li Y, Mack WJ. Effect of antihypertensive therapy on progression of carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Cardiol. 2007 Apr 01; 99(7):956-60. PMID: 17398191.
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      30. Chui HC, Zarow C, Mack WJ, Ellis WG, Zheng L, Jagust WJ, Mungas D, Reed BR, Kramer JH, Decarli CC, Weiner MW, Vinters HV. Cognitive impact of subcortical vascular and Alzheimer's disease pathology. Ann Neurol. 2006 Dec; 60(6):677-87. PMID: 17192928; PMCID: PMC1851933.
      31. Hodis HN, Mack WJ, Zheng L, Li Y, Torres M, Sevilla D, Stewart Y, Hollen B, Garcia K, Alaupovic P, Buchanan TA. Effect of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonist treatment on subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2006 Jul; 29(7):1545-53. PMID: 16801577.
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      32. Vallejo AF, Schroeder ET, Zheng L, Jensky NE, Sattler FR. Cardiopulmonary responses to eccentric and concentric resistance exercise in older adults. Age Ageing. 2006 May; 35(3):291-7. PMID: 16638770.
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      33. Schroeder ET, Vallejo AF, Zheng L, Stewart Y, Flores C, Nakao S, Martinez C, Sattler FR. Six-week improvements in muscle mass and strength during androgen therapy in older men. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2005 Dec; 60(12):1586-92. PMID: 16424293.
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      34. Mack WJ, Teng E, Zheng L, Paz S, Chui H, Varma R. Category fluency in a latino sample: associations with age, education, gender, and language. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2005 Jul; 27(5):591-8. PMID: 16019635.
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      35. Schroeder ET, Zheng L, Ong MD, Martinez C, Flores C, Stewart Y, Azen C, Sattler FR. Effects of androgen therapy on adipose tissue and metabolism in older men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Oct; 89(10):4863-72. PMID: 15472177.
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      36. Mok W, Chow TW, Zheng L, Mack WJ, Miller C. Clinicopathological concordance of dementia diagnoses by community versus tertiary care clinicians. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2004 May-Jun; 19(3):161-5. PMID: 15214202.
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      37. Schroeder ET, Zheng L, Yarasheski KE, Qian D, Stewart Y, Flores C, Martinez C, Terk M, Sattler FR. Treatment with oxandrolone and the durability of effects in older men. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2004 Mar; 96(3):1055-62. PMID: 14578370.
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      38. Zheng L, Buchanan TA, Hodis HN, Li Y, Torres M, Mack WJ. Time from diagnosis of type 2 diabetes to initiation of insulin therapy is related to carotid artery intima-media thickness. Atherosclerosis. 2003 Oct; 170(2):293-9. PMID: 14612210.
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