Vivian W. SungAssociate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vivian W. Sung, MD, MPH is a Urogynecologist at Women and Infants Hospital/Brown Medical School in Providence. She received 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 is the recipient of numerous NIH grant awards focused on patient outcomes and clinical trials in female pelvic floor disorders. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the NICHD funded Pelvic Floor Disorders Network Brown/Women and Infants Clinical Site, conducting multi-centered clinical and surgical trials. Her research interests include critical evaluation and translation of new and existing practices for female pelvic floor disorders. She has served in numerous national and international leadership positions including the President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons from 2016-2017. Her ultimate goal is to improve the care of women with pelvic floor disorders through translation of research into clinical guidelines.
Erekson E, Sung VW, Rardin CR, Myers DL. Two cases of TegressTM erosion after use as urethral bulking agent. Obstet Gynecol. 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
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
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
Myers DL, Sung VW. Update in neuromodulation in pelvic floor disorders. Update in Ob/Gyn Management. 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)
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)
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.
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.
Sung VW, Myers DL. Update in surgical management of female stress urinary incontinence. Rhode Island Medicine and Health 2005;88(10):346-349
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
1. 2UG1 HD069013-06 - The Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) - Brown/Women & Infants Site
Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: renewal 7/1/2016-6/30/2021
Goal: Seven sites selected nationally to conduct multi-center clinical trials for the diagnosis, management and prevention of female pelvic floor disorders.
2. U01 DK097772 – Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN)
Goal: To develop a phenotype for urinary incontinence using patient-reported outcomes and biomarkers.
3. Cancer of the uterus and treatment of stress urinary incontinence (CUTI)
Goal: To improve the care and patient-centered outcomes of women with endometrial cancer and stress urinary incontinence.
4. 1R01AG047290-01A1 - Investigation to Minimize Prolapse Recurrence of the Vagina using Estrogen (IMPROVE)
Role: Site PI
Goal: To compare effect of vaginal estrogen to placebo on improving outcomes after native tissue prolapse repair for apical prolapse.
5. Peer support for Pelvic Floor Disorders (PEERS)
American Urogynecologic Society Foundation
Role: Primary mentor
Goal: To improve the decision-making process and patient centered care for women considering treatment of pelvic floor disorders
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