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Gene Yong Sung, MD

TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentNeurology
AddressGNH Clinic Tower A4E111
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9153
Phone+1 323 409 7381
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    TitleDirector of Neuro Critical Care

    TitleLAC+USC Medical Center Inpatient Chief


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    Dr. Sung is chief of the Division of Stroke and Neurocritical Care and is a recognized leader in both fields of stroke and neurocritical care. He was a founding member of both the international Neurocritical Care Society (and its current vice-President) and the Western States Stroke Consortium (and its current President). He is also a founder of the journal Neurocritical Care and its current associate editor. Furthermore, he has had leadership roles in many national organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association and has published and reviewed articles for many journals and has been an invited lecturer in conference throughout the world.

    Dr. Sung’s research interests include stroke outcomes, critical care management of stroke, intracranial pressure, cerebral reperfusion, and hypothermia. He is the principal investigator for several investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored translation research projects and he recently received funding to examine outcomes in telemedicine delivery of stroke care.


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    1. Shavelle DM, Bosson N, Thomas JL, Kaji AH, Sung G, French WJ, Niemann JT. Outcomes of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction Complicated by Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (from the Los Angeles County Regional System). Am J Cardiol. 2017 Sep 01; 120(5):729-733. PMID: 28728743.
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    2. Koch S, Sung G. AEDs after ICH: Preventing the prophylaxis. Neurology. 2017 Jan 03; 88(1):15-16. PMID: 27864525.
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    3. Woo D, Kruger AJ, Sekar P, Haverbusch M, Osborne J, Moomaw CJ, Martini S, Hosseini SM, Ferioli S, Worrall BB, Elkind MS, Sung G, James ML, Testai FD, Langefeld CD, Broderick JP, Koch S, Flaherty ML. Incontinence and gait disturbance after intraventricular extension of intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurology. 2016 Mar 08; 86(10):905-11. PMID: 26850978; PMCID: PMC4782110 [Available on 03/08/17].
    4. Sung G, Bosson N, Kaji AH, Eckstein M, Shavelle D, French WJ, Thomas JL, Koenig W, Niemann JT. Therapeutic Hypothermia After Resuscitation From a Non-Shockable Rhythm Improves Outcomes in a Regionalized System of Cardiac Arrest Care. Neurocrit Care. 2016 Feb; 24(1):90-6. PMID: 26264064.
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    5. Gross H, Guilliams KP, Sung G. Emergency Neurological Life Support: Acute Ischemic Stroke. Neurocrit Care. 2015 Dec; 23 Suppl 2:S94-102. PMID: 26438453.
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    6. Matsushima K, Inaba K, Siboni S, Skiada D, Strumwasser AM, Magee GA, Sung G, Benjaminm ER, Lam L, Demetriades D. Emergent operation for isolated severe traumatic brain injury: Does time matter? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Nov; 79(5):838-42. PMID: 26317818.
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    7. Sheth KN, Martini SR, Moomaw CJ, Koch S, Elkind MS, Sung G, Kittner SJ, Frankel M, Rosand J, Langefeld CD, Comeau ME, Waddy SP, Osborne J, Woo D. Prophylactic Antiepileptic Drug Use and Outcome in the Ethnic/Racial Variations of Intracerebral Hemorrhage Study. Stroke. 2015 Dec; 46(12):3532-5. PMID: 26470777; PMCID: PMC4659755 [Available on 12/01/16].
    8. Chesnut RM, Bleck TP, Citerio G, Classen J, Cooper DJ, Coplin WM, Diringer MN, Grände PO, Hemphill JC, Hutchinson PJ, Le Roux P, Mayer SA, Menon DK, Myburgh JA, Okonkwo DO, Robertson CS, Sahuquillo J, Stocchetti N, Sung G, Temkin N, Vespa PM, Videtta W, Yonas H. A Consensus-Based Interpretation of the Benchmark Evidence from South American Trials: Treatment of Intracranial Pressure Trial. J Neurotrauma. 2015 Nov 15; 32(22):1722-4. PMID: 26061135.
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    9. Lazaridis C, Maas AI, Souter MJ, Martin RH, Chesnut RM, DeSantis SM, Sung G, Leroux PD, Suarez JI. Alternative clinical trial design in neurocritical care. Neurocrit Care. 2015 Jun; 22(3):378-84. PMID: 25894451.
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    10. Saver JL, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Stratton SJ, Pratt FD, Hamilton S, Conwit R, Liebeskind DS, Sung G, Kramer I, Moreau G, Goldweber R, Sanossian N. Prehospital use of magnesium sulfate as neuroprotection in acute stroke. N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 05; 372(6):528-36. PMID: 25651247; PMCID: PMC4920545.
    11. Thomas JL, Bosson N, Kaji AH, Ji Y, Sung G, Shavelle DM, French WJ, Koenig W, Niemann JT. Treatment and outcomes of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a regionalized system of care based on presence or absence of initial shockable cardiac arrest rhythm. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Oct 01; 114(7):968-71. PMID: 25118120.
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    12. Saver JL, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Stratton S, Pratt F, Hamilton S, Conwit R, Liebeskind DS, Sung G, Sanossian N. Methodology of the Field Administration of Stroke Therapy - Magnesium (FAST-MAG) phase 3 trial: Part 2 - prehospital study methods. Int J Stroke. 2014 Feb; 9(2):220-5. PMID: 24444117; PMCID: PMC4909491.
    13. Saver JL, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Stratton S, Pratt F, Hamilton S, Conwit R, Liebeskind DS, Sung G, Sanossian N. Methodology of the Field Administration of Stroke Therapy - Magnesium (FAST-MAG) phase 3 trial: Part 1 - rationale and general methods. Int J Stroke. 2014 Feb; 9(2):215-9. PMID: 24444116; PMCID: PMC4915821.
    14. Bosson N, Kaji AH, Niemann JT, Eckstein M, Rashi P, Tadeo R, Gorospe D, Sung G, French WJ, Shavelle D, Thomas JL, Koenig W. Survival and neurologic outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: results one year after regionalization of post-cardiac arrest care in a large metropolitan area. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Apr-Jun; 18(2):217-23. PMID: 24401209.
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    15. Woo D, Rosand J, Kidwell C, McCauley JL, Osborne J, Brown MW, West SE, Rademacher EW, Waddy S, Roberts JN, Koch S, Gonzales NR, Sung G, Kittner SJ, Birnbaum L, Frankel M, Testai FD, Hall CE, Elkind MS, Flaherty M, Coull B, Chong JY, Warwick T, Malkoff M, James ML, Ali LK, Worrall BB, Jones F, Watson T, Leonard A, Martinez R, Sacco RI, Langefeld CD. The Ethnic/Racial Variations of Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ERICH) study protocol. Stroke. 2013 Oct; 44(10):e120-5. PMID: 24021679; PMCID: PMC3873723.
    16. Gross H, Sung G, Weingart SD, Smith WS. Emergency neurological life support: acute ischemic stroke. Neurocrit Care. 2012 Sep; 17 Suppl 1:S29-36. PMID: 22948888.
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    17. Mayer SA, Kurtz P, Wyman A, Sung G, Multz AS, Varon J, Granger CB, Kleinschmidt K, Lapointe M, Peacock WF, Katz JN, Gore JM, O'Neil B, Anderson FA. Clinical practices, complications, and mortality in neurological patients with acute severe hypertension: the Studying the Treatment of Acute hyperTension registry. Crit Care Med. 2011 Oct; 39(10):2330-6. PMID: 21666448.
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    18. Nogueira RG, Smith WS, Sung G, Duckwiler G, Walker G, Roberts R, Saver JL, Liebeskind DS. Effect of time to reperfusion on clinical outcome of anterior circulation strokes treated with thrombectomy: pooled analysis of the MERCI and Multi MERCI trials. Stroke. 2011 Nov; 42(11):3144-9. PMID: 21921278.
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    19. Abou-Chebl A, Sung G, Barbut D, Torbey M. Local brain temperature reduction through intranasal cooling with the RhinoChill device: preliminary safety data in brain-injured patients. Stroke. 2011 Aug; 42(8):2164-9. PMID: 21680904.
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    20. Groysman LI, Emanuel BA, Kim-Tenser MA, Sung G, Mack WJ. Therapeutic hypothermia in acute ischemic stroke. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Jun; 30(6):E17. PMID: 21631218.
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    21. Shulkin DJ, Jewell KE, Alexandrov AW, Bernard DB, Brophy GM, Hess DC, Kohlbrenner J, Martin-Schild S, Mayer SA, Peacock WF, Qureshi AI, Sung G, Lyles A. Impact of systems of care and blood pressure management on stroke outcomes. Popul Health Manag. 2011 Dec; 14(6):267-75. PMID: 21506730.
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    22. Leifer D, Bravata DM, Connors JJ, Hinchey JA, Jauch EC, Johnston SC, Latchaw R, Likosky W, Ogilvy C, Qureshi AI, Summers D, Sung G, Williams LS, Zorowitz R. Metrics for measuring quality of care in comprehensive stroke centers: detailed follow-up to Brain Attack Coalition comprehensive stroke center recommendations: a statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke. 2011 Mar; 42(3):849-77. PMID: 21233469.
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    23. Sung G, Greer D. The case for simplifying brain death criteria. Neurology. 2011 Jan 11; 76(2):113-4. PMID: 21172837.
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    24. Gore JM, Peterson E, Amin A, Anderson FA, Dasta JF, Levy PD, O'Neil BJ, Sung G, Varon J, Wyman A, Granger CB. Predictors of 90-day readmission among patients with acute severe hypertension. The cross-sectional observational Studying the Treatment of Acute hyperTension (STAT) study. Am Heart J. 2010 Sep; 160(3):521-527.e1. PMID: 20826262.
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    25. Nogueira RG, Liebeskind DS, Sung G, Duckwiler G, Smith WS. Predictors of good clinical outcomes, mortality, and successful revascularization in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing thrombectomy: pooled analysis of the Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI) and Multi MERCI Trials. Stroke. 2009 Dec; 40(12):3777-83. PMID: 19875740.
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    26. Katz JN, Gore JM, Amin A, Anderson FA, Dasta JF, Ferguson JJ, Kleinschmidt K, Mayer SA, Multz AS, Peacock WF, Peterson E, Pollack C, Sung G, Shorr A, Varon J, Wyman A, Emery LA, Granger CB. Practice patterns, outcomes, and end-organ dysfunction for patients with acute severe hypertension: the Studying the Treatment of Acute hyperTension (STAT) registry. Am Heart J. 2009 Oct; 158(4):599-606.e1. PMID: 19781420.
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    27. Christian E, Zada G, Sung G, Giannotta SL. A review of selective hypothermia in the management of traumatic brain injury. Neurosurg Focus. 2008 Oct; 25(4):E9. PMID: 18828707.
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    28. Smith WS, Sung G, Saver J, Budzik R, Duckwiler G, Liebeskind DS, Lutsep HL, Rymer MM, Higashida RT, Starkman S, Gobin YP. Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke: final results of the Multi MERCI trial. Stroke. 2008 Apr; 39(4):1205-12. PMID: 18309168.
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    29. Mayer SA, Coplin WM, Chang C, Suarez J, Gress D, Diringer MN, Frank J, Hemphill JC, Sung G, Smith W, Manno EM, Kofke A, Lam A, Steiner T. Program requirements for fellowship training in neurological intensive care: United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties guidelines. Neurocrit Care. 2006; 5(2):166-71. PMID: 17099264.
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    30. Mayer SA, Coplin WM, Chang C, Suarez J, Gress D, Diringer MN, Frank J, Hemphill JC, Sung G, Smith W, Manno EM, Kofke A, Lam A, Steiner T. Core curriculum and competencies for advanced training in neurological intensive care: United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties guidelines. Neurocrit Care. 2006; 5(2):159-65. PMID: 17099263.
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    31. Smith WS, Sung G, Starkman S, Saver JL, Kidwell CS, Gobin YP, Lutsep HL, Nesbit GM, Grobelny T, Rymer MM, Silverman IE, Higashida RT, Budzik RF, Marks MP. Safety and efficacy of mechanical embolectomy in acute ischemic stroke: results of the MERCI trial. Stroke. 2005 Jul; 36(7):1432-8. PMID: 15961709.
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    32. Janjua N, Qureshi AI, Qureshi A, Kirmani JF, Lanzino G, Sung G, Suarez JI, Ebrahimi A, Divani AA, Divani A. A 70-year-old woman with poor grade subarachnoid hemorrhage complicated by carotid stenosis, cerebral vasospasm, and cerebral rebleed. Neurocrit Care. 2005; 3(2):183-8. PMID: 16174892.
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    33. Swadron SP, Selco SL, Kim KA, Fischberg G, Sung G. The acute cerebrovascular event: surgical and other interventional therapies. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2003 Nov; 21(4):847-72. PMID: 14708811.
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    34. Anderson CA, Sung G. Central retinal artery occlusion associated with intranasal methamphetamine use. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2003 Jul-Aug; 12(4):207-8. PMID: 17903928.
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    35. Sung G. Acute Treatment of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2002 Jul; 4(4):319-322. PMID: 12036505.
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    36. Qureshi AI, Suri MF, Sung G, Straw RN, Yahia AM, Saad M, Guterman LR, Hopkins LN. Prognostic significance of hypernatremia and hyponatremia among patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery. 2002 Apr; 50(4):749-55; discussion 755-6. PMID: 11904025.
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    37. Frey LC, Sung G, Tanabe J. Early false-negative diffusion-weighted imaging in brainstem infarction. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2002 Jan-Feb; 11(1):51-3. PMID: 17903856.
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    38. Sung G. Outcomes of neurocritical care. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2001 Nov; 1(6):593-8. PMID: 11898574.
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