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Vivian W. Sung Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

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

research overview

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.

research statement

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

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