Michael William Fong, MD

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Part-Time)
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressHCC 322
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9198
Phone+1 323 442 6130
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    1997Golden Key National Honor Society
    Case Western Reserve University Internal Medicine 2004Resident Teacher Award
    Strong Memorial Hospital2007Strong Star Appreciation Award
    International Society for HealthCare Professionals2013Leading Physicians of the World
    Super Doctors2014Southern California Rising Stars
    Super Doctors2015Southern California Rising Stars
    Pasadena Magazine2016Top Doctors
    Consumer's Research Council of America2017America's Top Cardiologists
    Centric Health, State of California Senate2018Physician of the Year
    Super Doctors2022Southern California Super Doctors

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    Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Toronto, and his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western University, and fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Fong then served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Imaging Sciences in the Program for Heart Failure and Transplantation, and Co-Director of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the University of Rochester before joining the faculty at USC as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2011.

    Dr. Fong helped build and expand the offerings for advanced healthcare to cardiac patients serviced by Keck Medical Center of USC. He established the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program and served as Co-Director until 2019. He is also active in the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, caring for patients with surgically implanted ventricular assist devices, and established the Ventricular Assist Device Clinic in 2011. Dr. Fong established a dedicated Heart Failure Clinic at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2015, where he currently serves as Director of Heart Failure. He is also active in the Department of Radiology doing research and interpreting cardiac MRI.

    Dr. Fong has been active in several medical center committees including the Electronic Health Records Committee and Medical Records Committee. He was instrumental to Cardiology in the transition from paper-based documentation. He served as an Associate Program Director in the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program from 2016 to 2018 and has been the site director for the USC Physician Assistant Program's Internal Medicine rotation at Keck Hospital since 2013. Lastly, he currently serves as West Region Co-Chair for the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Foundation Global Steering Committee.

    Dr. Fong’s research interests include heart failure, cardiac amyloidosis, cardiogenic shock, cardiac imaging, severe hypertension and mobile technology in healthcare. He has been awarded grants by Proteus Digital Health and the Coulter Foundation, and helped design and study mobile apps with Moving Analytics and Medable Inc. He is also studying the use of a novel digital scale with Bodyport, to reduce heart failure hospital readmissions.

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    1. New UNOS allocation system associated with no added benefit in waitlist outcomes and worse post-transplant survival in heart-kidney patients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2023 Jun 30. Francke M, Wolfson AM, Fong MW, Nattiv J, Pandya K, Kawaguchi ES, Villalon S, Mroz M, Sertic A, Cochran A, Ackerman MA, Melendrez M, Cartus R, Johnston KA, Okonkwo K, Ferrall J, DePasquale EC, Lee R, Vaidya AS. PMID: 37394021.
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    2. Effect of the UNOS policy change on rates of rejection, infection, and hospital readmission following heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2023 May 20. Vaidya AS, Lee ES, Kawaguchi ES, DePasquale EC, Pandya KA, Fong MW, Nattiv J, Villalon S, Sertic A, Cochran A, Ackerman MA, Melendrez M, Cartus R, Johnston KA, Lee R, Wolfson AM. PMID: 37211332.
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    3. A retrospective analysis of rates of dermatology follow-up and new skin cancer diagnosis among solid organ transplant recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAAD Int. 2023 Mar; 10:53-54. Saranath R, Fernandez B, Gomez J, Miller M, Novack D, Parvathala N, Shah E, Wong-Michalak S, Rodman J, Fong MW, Ganesh S, Han H, In GK, Kahn J, Liebler J, Maw TT, Miller K, Smogorzewski M, Hu J, Ngo B, Ahronowitz I. PMID: 36636104; PMCID: PMC9829740.
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    4. MR Multitasking-based multi-dimensional assessment of cardiovascular system (MT-MACS) with extended spatial coverage and water-fat separation. Magn Reson Med. 2023 04; 89(4):1496-1505. Hu Z, Xiao J, Mao X, Xie Y, Kwan AC, Song SS, Fong MW, Wilcox AG, Li D, Christodoulou AG, Fan Z. PMID: 36336794; PMCID: PMC9892247.
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    5. UNOS policy change benefits high-priority patients without harming those at low priority. Am J Transplant. 2022 12; 22(12):2931-2941. Wolfson AM, DePasquale EC, Fong MW, Pandya K, Zhou L, Kawaguchi ES, Thomas SS, Vaidya AS. PMID: 35975656; PMCID: PMC10087391.
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    6. Use of liver stiffness measurements in acute decompensated heart failure: new applications of a non-invasive technique. ESC Heart Fail. 2022 Oct; 9(5):2800-2807. Dhillon JK, Fong MW, Fong TL. PMID: 35821206; PMCID: PMC9715860.
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    7. Geographic variation in the use of continuous outpatient inotrope infusion therapy and beta blockers. Int J Cardiol Heart Vasc. 2022 Apr; 39:100948. Grazette L, Tran JS, Zawadzki NK, Zawadzki RS, McLeod JM, Fong MW, Wilson ML, Havakuk O, Hay JW. PMID: 35242996; PMCID: PMC8857491.
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    8. Tranexamic Acid in the Treatment of Refractory Gastrointestinal Arteriovenous Malformation Bleeding in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients. Circ Heart Fail. 2022 01; 15(1):e008669. Fong MW, Morningstar-Kywi N, O'Connell C, Qureshi U, Han EE. PMID: 34807724.
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    9. Effect of UNOS policy change and exception status request on outcomes in patients bridged to heart transplant with an intra-aortic balloon pump. Artif Organs. 2022 May; 46(5):838-849. Wolfson AM, DePasquale EC, Starnes VA, Cunningham M, Baker C, Lee R, Bowdish M, Fong MW, Rahman J, Pandya K, Lewinger JP, Kawaguchi ES, Vaidya AS. PMID: 34748232.
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    10. The SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a multicenter randomized trial. Nat Med. 2021 11; 27(11):1954-1960. Nassif ME, Windsor SL, Borlaug BA, Kitzman DW, Shah SJ, Tang F, Khariton Y, Malik AO, Khumri T, Umpierrez G, Lamba S, Sharma K, Khan SS, Chandra L, Gordon RA, Ryan JJ, Chaudhry SP, Joseph SM, Chow CH, Kanwar MK, Pursley M, Siraj ES, Lewis GD, Clemson BS, Fong M, Kosiborod MN. PMID: 34711976; PMCID: PMC8604725.
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    11. Examining low rates of dermatology visits in solid organ transplant recipients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022 06; 86(6):1369-1372. Fernandez B, Miller M, Sierro T, Shah E, Wong-Michalak S, Haughton R, Rodman J, Fong ME, Ganesh S, Han H, In GK, Maw TT, Miller K, Smogorzewski M, Hu J, Ngo B, Ahronowitz I. PMID: 34058274.
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    12. Dapagliflozin effects on lung fluid volumes in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction: Results from the DEFINE-HF trial. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2021 06; 23(6):1426-1430. Nassif ME, Windsor SL, Tang F, Husain M, Inzucchi SE, McGuire DK, Pitt B, Scirica BM, Austin B, Fong MW, LaRue SJ, Umpierrez G, Hartupee J, Khariton Y, Malik AO, Ogunniyi MO, Wenger NK, Kosiborod MN. PMID: 33606921.
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    13. Acute pulmonary pressure change after transition to sacubitril/valsartan in patients with heart failure reduced ejection fraction. ESC Heart Fail. 2021 04; 8(2):1706-1710. Tran JS, Havakuk O, McLeod JM, Hwang J, Kwong HY, Shavelle D, Zile MR, Elkayam U, Fong MW, Grazette LP. PMID: 33522140; PMCID: PMC8006690.
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    14. Tolvaptan vs. furosemide-based diuretic regimens in patients hospitalized for heart failure with hyponatremia (AQUA-AHF). ESC Heart Fail. 2020 08; 7(4):1927-1934. Ng TMH, Grazette LP, Fong MW, Yoon AJ, Lou M, Kuo A, Upadhyay RY, Han EE, Mehra A, Elkayam U. PMID: 32543020; PMCID: PMC7373913.
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    15. Dapagliflozin Effects on Biomarkers, Symptoms, and Functional Status in Patients With Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: The DEFINE-HF Trial. Circulation. 2019 10 29; 140(18):1463-1476. Nassif ME, Windsor SL, Tang F, Khariton Y, Husain M, Inzucchi SE, McGuire DK, Pitt B, Scirica BM, Austin B, Drazner MH, Fong MW, Givertz MM, Gordon RA, Jermyn R, Katz SD, Lamba S, Lanfear DE, LaRue SJ, Lindenfeld J, Malone M, Margulies K, Mentz RJ, Mutharasan RK, Pursley M, Umpierrez G, Kosiborod M. PMID: 31524498.
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    16. Skin cancer and dermatoses in a majority-Hispanic population of solid organ transplant recipients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Aug; 83(2):607-610. Adler BL, Smogorzewski J, Sierro T, Shauly O, Osipchuk D, Miller M, Mert M, Fong MW, Ganesh S, Han H, In GK, Maw TT, Smogorzewski M, Hu J, Ngo B, Lee D, Ahronowitz I. PMID: 31400454; PMCID: PMC7004884.
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    17. Churg-Strauss Syndrome Presenting as Acute Necrotizing Eosinophilic Myocarditis: Concise Review of the Literature. Curr Hypertens Rev. 2019; 15(1):8-12. Chaudhry MA, Grazette L, Yoon A, Correa A, Fong MW. PMID: 30179138.
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    18. Myxedema Heart Disease: A Rare Disease Entity: Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature. Curr Hypertens Rev. 2019; 15(1):13-16. Chaudhry MA, Grazette L, Fong MW. PMID: 30277162.
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    19. Late onset cardiac cirrhosis and portal hypertensive ascites after atrial fibrillation ablation. Pulm Circ. 2019 Jan-Mar; 9(1):2045894018813559. Fong TL, Fong M, Shinbane J, Starnes V, Van Herle H. PMID: 30419795; PMCID: PMC6300167.
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    20. Chronic heart failure management and remote haemodynamic monitoring. Heart. 2018 12; 104(23):1910-1919. Wolfson AM, Fong M, Grazette L, Rahman JE, Shavelle DM. PMID: 30121633.
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    21. Breathing Intolerance Index and Control of Ventilation, a Non-invasive Method for Evaluating Inspiratory Muscle Endurance at Rest and Exercise, in Patients with Cardiomyopathy: One Year Follow-up. Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine. 2017; 7(6). Kavitha Bagavathy, Michael Fong, Luanda Grazette, Zhanghua Chen, and Ahmet Baydur. View Publication.
    22. The authors reply. Crit Care Med. 2017 11; 45(11):e1201-e1202. Pahlevan NM, Rinderknecht DG, Tavallali P, Razavi M, Tran TT, Fong MW, Kloner RA, Csete M, Gharib M. PMID: 29028728.
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    23. Noninvasive iPhone Measurement of Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Using Intrinsic Frequency Methodology. Crit Care Med. 2017 Jul; 45(7):1115-1120. Pahlevan NM, Rinderknecht DG, Tavallali P, Razavi M, Tran TT, Fong MW, Kloner RA, Csete M, Gharib M. PMID: 28441235.
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    24. Effects of pressure variation and atrial fibrillation on CardioMEMS™ HF measured pulmonary artery diastolic pressure: comparison of device-averaged and visually inspected waveforms. Physiol Meas. 2017 Jun; 38(6):1094-1103. Wolfson AM, Yousefian O, Short L, O'Brien D, Talmor G, Qiu J, Yoon A, Fong M, Saxon L, Doshi R, Grazette L, Shavelle DM. PMID: 28493849.
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    25. Heart Failure-Induced Brain Injury. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Mar 28; 69(12):1609-1616. Havakuk O, King KS, Grazette L, Yoon AJ, Fong M, Bregman N, Elkayam U, Kloner RA. PMID: 28335844.
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    26. Assessment of segmental myocardial blood flow and myocardial perfusion reserve by adenosine-stress myocardial arterial spin labeling perfusion imaging. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 08; 46(2):413-420. Yoon AJ, Do HP, Cen S, Fong MW, Saremi F, Barr ML, Nayak KS. PMID: 28152238.
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    27. Double-gated myocardial ASL perfusion imaging is robust to heart rate variation. Magn Reson Med. 2017 05; 77(5):1975-1980. Do HP, Yoon AJ, Fong MW, Saremi F, Barr ML, Nayak KS. PMID: 27238632.
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    28. Breathing Intolerance Index (BIT) and its Relation to Exercise Data: Noninvasive Assessment of Inspiratory Muscle Endurance during Rest and Exercise in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cardiovascular Disorders. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2016. Ahmet Baydur, Amy Tran, Leejoe Pallickal, Michael Fong, Luanda Grazette, Shadman Chowdhury, Zhanghua Chen. View Publication.
    29. Pan-Cardiac Cycle Fixed Mitral Valve Opening in an LVAD Patient Presenting with Hemorrhagic Shock. Echocardiography. 2016 Apr; 33(4):644-6. Yoon AJ, Sohn J, Grazette L, Fong MW, Bowdish ME. PMID: 26676075.
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    30. Fulminant eosinophilic myocarditis following ICD implantation in a patient with undisclosed nickel allergy. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 15; 203:1018-9. Fung E, Fong MW, Correa AJ, Yoon AJ, Grazette LP. PMID: 26630628.
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    31. Bevacizumab Induced Cardiomyopathy in a Patient with Adult Congenital Heart Disease: A Case Report and Brief Review. Journal of Cancer Treatment and Research. 2015; 3(3):32-36. Hemalatha Narayanasamy, Nikky Bardia, Michael Fong, Luanda Grazette. View Publication.
    32. Renal Denervation in Heart Failure. Curr Hypertens Rep. 2015 Mar; 17(3):17. Fong MW, Shavelle D, Weaver FA, Nadim MK. PMID: 25754320.
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    33. Modern day management of giant cell myocarditis. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Jan 15; 178:82-4. Chaudhry MA, Correa A, Lee C, Yoon A, Grazette L, Saremi F, Fong MW. PMID: 25464225.
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    34. Review of ambulatory pulmonary artery catheterization in the management of advanced heart failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2012 May-Jun; 18(3):173-8. Mark S, Calderon-Artero P, Kakinami L, Alexis J, Chen L, Storozynsky E, Fong MW. PMID: 22587747.
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    35. Cardiac imaging: Part 1, MR pulse sequences, imaging planes, and basic anatomy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Oct; 197(4):808-15. Ginat DT, Fong MW, Tuttle DJ, Hobbs SK, Vyas RC. PMID: 21940567.
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    36. Treatment of ventricular tachycardia in patients with heart failure. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2011 Jun; 13(3):203-9. Fong MW, Grazette L, Cesario D, Cao M, Saxon L. PMID: 21445560.
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    37. Tick tock. Am J Med. 2011 Apr; 124(4):306-8. Mener DJ, Mener AS, Daubert JP, Fong M. PMID: 21435420.
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    38. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with features of left ventricular non-compaction: how many diseases? Int J Cardiol. 2011 May 05; 148(3):364-6. Baker ML, W Fong M, Goldman B. PMID: 21420190.
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    39. Manual of Outpatient Cardiology, Bisognano JD, Beck R, and Connell R. 2011; 51-78. McCrea H, Fong MW. Cardiac Imaging .
    40. Clinical treatment of psychosomatic symptoms. Int J Psychoanal. 2010 Oct; 91(5):1213-5. Aisenstein M. PMID: 21495420.
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    41. Cardiac arteriovenous malformation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Apr 20; 55(16):e133. Parikh SS, Li F, Fong MW. PMID: 20394866.
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    42. Manual of Heart Failure Managment, Bisognano JD, Baker ML, and Early M. 2009; 59-71. Gallagher J, Fong M. Heart Failure in the Setting of Preserved Systolic Function. .
    43. Cardiac amyloid. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Dec 16; 52(25):2210. Baker ML, Fong MW. PMID: 19095141.
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    44. Right ventricular tumor and thrombus. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Nov 04; 52(19):1598. Fong MW, Reuter JE. PMID: 19007599.
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    45. Stress echocardiography testing: is submaximal good enough? Cardiol J. 2008; 15(3):207-8. Fong MW, Teeters JC. PMID: 18651411.
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    46. Hypertension Primer, Izzo JL and Black HR. 2008; 553-556. Bisognano JD, Fong MW, Perioperative Management of Hypertension.
    47. Endocarditis with aortic root pseudoaneurysm rupture. Cardiol J. 2007; 14(2):202-4. Fong MW, Knight P, Schriefer JH, Eassa E, Rocco TA. PMID: 18651459.
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    48. Evaluation and treatment of resistant hypertension. Cardiol J. 2007; 14(4):329-30. Sloand JA, Balakrishnan SL, Fong MW, Bisognano JD. PMID: 18651483.
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    49. Improving care in resistant hypertension: medication trends and nonpharmacologic strategies in a specialty clinic. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2007; 7(6):449-52. Fong MW, Filippone JD, Beck GR, Katz MG, Bisognano JD. PMID: 18076212.
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    50. Characteristics and management of patients presenting to the emergency department with hypertensive urgency. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2006 Jan; 8(1):12-8. Bender SR, Fong MW, Heitz S, Bisognano JD. PMID: 16407684; PMCID: PMC8109533.
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    51. Value of long-term administration of acyclovir and similar agents for protecting against AIDS-related lymphoma: case-control and historical cohort studies. Clin Infect Dis. 2000 May; 30(5):757-61. Fong IW, Ho J, Toy C, Lo B, Fong MW. PMID: 10816144.
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    52. Can an antibiotic (macrolide) prevent Chlamydia pneumoniae-induced atherosclerosis in a rabbit model? Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1999 Nov; 6(6):891-4. Fong IW, Chiu B, Viira E, Jang D, Fong MW, Peeling R, Mahony JB. PMID: 10548582; PMCID: PMC95794.
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    53. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology. The protective value of chronic Acyclovir (or Ganciclovir/Foscarnet) against AIDS-related lymphoma: a historical cohort study. 1998; 4(17):A31. Fong IW, Ho J, Lo B, Toy C, Fong MW.
    54. Rabbit model for Chlamydia pneumoniae infection. J Clin Microbiol. 1997 Jan; 35(1):48-52. Fong IW, Chiu B, Viira E, Fong MW, Jang D, Mahony J. PMID: 8968879; PMCID: PMC229510.
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