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Vivian Sung, MD, MPH

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Title: Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr. Sung's research focuses on improving the measurement of patient-reported outcomes in female pelvic floor disorders, exploring innovative measurement methods for outcomes research, and translating clinical research into patient care and practice guidelines.


Vivian W. Sung, MD, MPH is a Urogynecologist at Women and Infants Hospital/Brown Medical School in Providence. She recieved her B.S. from University of California, Irvine and her M.D. degree from Tufts University. She completed Ob/Gyn residency at Magee-Womens Hospital at University of Pittsburgh and a dual fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Epidemiology and Clinical Trials at Brown Medical School. Dr. Sung's research efforts are currently supported by the NICHD Women's Reproductive Research Career Developent Award. Her research interests include critical evaluation and translation of new and existing practices for female pelvic floor disorders. She is also evaluating new patient-centered outcome measures and the decision-making process in women with pelvic floor disorders. Her ultimate goal is to improve the care of women with pelvic floor disorders through translation of research into clinical guidelines.

Research Description

Current research includes graft use in rectocele repair and improving patient-centered outcomes following treatment for pelvic floor disorders


2001 Berlex Laboratories Most Outstanding Teaching Resident of the Year, Magee-Womens Hospital

2002 Ortho-McNeil Ob/Gyn Opportunistic Futures Teaching Program

2002 Wyeth-Ayerst ACOG Resident Reporter Program, Magee-Womens Hospital

2003-2006 Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine, MPH Scholarship

2004 Young Investigator's Award Winner, Clinical Sciences, Rhode Island Hospital Annual Research Day

2005 The American Urogynecologic Society Foundation Fellow Scholar
2006 Excellence in Women's Health Research Award, Brown University / Women and Infants Hospital, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

2005-2006 Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award, Brown Medical School

2006-2009 NICHD Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Scholar

Funded Research

Current Research:

1) 2008 American Urogynecologic Society Foundation PI: Sung
Application of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) to Female Pelvic Floor Disorders
Start date: 12/16/2008
Goal: To determine the face and content validity of the National Institutes of Health PROMIS system and the feasibility and usability of computerized-adaptive testing for collecting patient-reported outcomes in women with urinary incontinence.

2) K23HD060665-01 PI: Sung
Patient-reported outcomes in functioning for female pelvic floor disorders
Start date: 6/16/09
Goal: Career-development award. Research goal: To develop and test a comprehensive questionnaire for patient functioning in female pelvic floor disorders utilizing innovative survey methods and item response theory psychometrics. The questionnaire framework will be guided by the NIH-PROMIS framework and the patient perspective.

Completed research:
1)T32: HD040674-03 PI: Peipert
Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Training Grant
Role: Fellow
Start date: 7/1/2003-6/30/2006

2) APGO/Abott Medical Education Program Award PI: Hampton
Using interactive computer modules with dynamic animation for individual-based learning of female pelvic anatomy and female pelvic floor dysfunction
Role: Co-Investigator
Start date: 7/1/2007

3) 5 K12 HD050108-02 PI: Coustan
Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Award
Role: Scholar
Start date: 7/1/2006
Supports 75% protected time to perform research in women's health.

4) Brown University/Women and Infants Hospital PI: Sung
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Seed Grant
Shared-Decision Making in Pelvic Floor Disorders
Start date: 11/1/06

Teaching Experience

Dr. Sung participates in both medical student, resident, and fellow teaching and mentorship. Focus is on clinical and surgical care of women with pelvic floor disorders and research methods.

Selected Publications

  • Erekson E, Sung VW, Rardin CR, Myers DL. Two cases of TegressTM erosion after use as urethral bulking agent. Obstet Gynecol. In Press(IN PRESS)
  • Sung VW, Clark M, Sokol ER, Rardin CR, Myers DL. Current symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse in women. International Journal Urogynecology. In Press(IN PRESS)
  • Sung VW, Rogers M, Myers DL, Clark M. Impact of hospital and surgeon volumes on outcomes following urogynecologic procedures. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In Press(IN PRESS)
  • Sung VW, Ward RM, Rardin CR, Myers DL. Comparison of retropubic versus transobturator approach to midurethral slings: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In Press(IN PRESS)
  • Myers DL, Sung VW. Update in neuromodulation in pelvic floor disorders. Update in Ob/Gyn Management. In Press(IN PRESS)
  • Sung, VW. Pelvic Organ Prolapse. (In: McGarry KA and Tong IL, eds. 5-Minute Consult Clinical Companion to Women's Health. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2007)(2007)
  • Sung, VW. Urinary Incontinence. (In: McGarry KA and Tong IL, eds. 5-Minute Consult Clinical Companion to Women's Health. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2007)(2007)
  • Sung, VW, Wohlrab, KJ. Urinary Tract Injury and Genital Tract Fistulas. (In: Sokol and Sokol, ed. Requisites in Obstetrics and Gynecology: General Gynecology), Elsevier, 2006.(2006)
  • Sung VW, Weitzen S, Sokol ER, Rardin CR, Myers DL. Effect of increasing patient age on morbidity and mortality following Urogynecologic surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006;194(5):1411-1417.(2006)
  • Sung VW, Myers DL. Update in surgical management of female stress urinary incontinence. Rhode Island Medicine and Health 2005;88(10):346-349(2005)
  • Clemons JL, Aguilar VC, Sokol ER, Sung VW, Myers DL. Suburethral Sling Treatment of Occult Stress Incontinence and Intrinsic Sphincter Deficiency in Women with Severe Vaginal Prolapse of the Anterior versus Posterior/apical Compartment. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005;192(5):1566-1572(2005)
  • Sokol ER, Patel SR, Sung VW, Rardin CR, Weitzen S, Clemons JL, Myers DL. Results of Urine Cytology Testing and Cystoscopy in Women with Irritative Voiding Symptoms. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005;192(5):1560-1565(2005)
  • Sokol ER, Patel SR, Clemons JL, Sung VW, Rardin CR, Myers DL. The Usefulness of Urinary Cytology Testing in the Evaluation of Irritative Voiding Symptoms. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005;192(5):1554-1559(2005)
  • Moalli P, Talarico LC, Sung VW, Klingensmith W, Shand SH, Meyn LA, Watkins SC. Impact of Menopause on Collagen Subtypes in the Arcus Tendineous Fasciae Pelvis. Am J of Obstet Gynecol 2004;190:620-7(2004)
  • Neev J, Schiewe M, Sung V, Kang D, Tadir Y, Hezeleger N, Berns M. Assisted Hatching in Mouse Embryos Using a Non-contact Ho:YSSG Laser System, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics 1995;12:288-9(1995)
  • Wong B, Sung V, Berns M, Svaasand L, Neev J. Ho:YAG Laser Ablation Characteristics in Calvarial Lamellar and Cortical Bone: The Role of Water and Tissue Micro-Architecture. Lasers in Medical Science 1995;10:181-8(1995)
  • Neev J, Wong B, Lee J, Sung V, Berns M. The Effect of Water Content on UV and IR Hard Tissue Ablation. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers 1994;2323: 292-9(1994)
  • Sung VW, Glasgow MA, Wohlrab KJ, Myers DL. Impact of age on preoperative and post-operative urinary incontinence quality of life. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In submission
  • Sung VW, Rogers M, Clark M, Akbari H, Myers DL. Trends and cost of fecal incontinence procedures in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In submission