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David K. Kung, MD

David K. Kung, MD Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Radiology Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Languages spoken:

  • Cantonese

Dr. Kung is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Carotid Artery Diseases
  • Carotid Artery Dissection
  • Carotid Artery Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)
  • Cavernous Malformation (Cavernoma)
  • Cerebral Angiogram
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cranial Base Surgery (Skull Base Surgery)
  • Intracranial Vascular Disease
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pipeline Embolization Device
  • Radiosurgery
  • Stroke Care
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Cerebrovascular diseases

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


American Association of Neurological Surgeons (Member), National Congress of Neurological Surgeons (Member), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kung is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Mechanisms of Cerebral Aneurysm Growth and Rupture

Selected Publications:

Miyamoto T, Kung DK, Kitazato KT, Yagi K, Shimada K, Tada Y, Korai M, Kurashiki Y, Kinouchi T, Kanematsu Y, Satomi J, Hashimoto, T, Nagahiro S.: Site-specific elevation of interleukin-1β and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the Willis circle by hemodynamic changes is associated with rupture in a novel rat cerebral aneurysm model. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2017 Aug;37(8):2795-2805. : 2017.

Cox M, Sedora-Román NI, Pukenas B, Kung D, Hurst R: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: an important non-aneurysmal cause of thunderclap headaches and subarachnoid hemorrhage Intern Emerg Med. 2017 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s11739-017-1728-3. [Epub ahead of print] : 2017.

Oselkin M, Sedora-Roman NI, Pukenas BA, Kung D, Hurst RW: Loading and elution characteristics of quadrasphere microspheres loaded with bevacizumab Ther Deliv. 2017 Aug;8(9):747-751. doi: 10.4155/tde-2017-0036. Epub 2017 Jul 27. : 2017.

Kumar M, Cao W, McDaniel JK, Pham HP, Raju D, Nawalinski K, Frangos S, Kung D, Zager E, Kasner SE, Levine JM, Zheng XL: Plasma ADAMTS13 activity and von Willebrand factor antigen and activity in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage Thromb Haemost. 2017 Apr 3;117(4):691-699. : 2017.

Moyer M, Young B, Wilensky EM, Borst J, Pino W, Hart M, LoBreglio J, Zaleski, D, Leonor I, Kung D, Smith M, Zager E, Grady MS, Kumar M: Implementation of an Early Mobility Pathway in Neurointensive Care Unit Patients With External Ventricular Devices J Neurosci Nurs. 2017 Apr;49(2):102-107. : 2017.

Spaethling JM, Na YJ, Lee J, Ulyanova AV, Baltuch GH, Bell TJ, Brem S, Chen, HI, Dueck H, Fisher SA, Garcia MP, Khaladkar M, Kung DK, Lucas TH Jr, O'Rourke, DM, Stefanik D, Wang J, Wolf JA, Bartfai T, Grady MS, Sul JY, Kim J, Eberwine JH: Primary Cell Culture of Live Neurosurgically Resected Aged Adult Human Brain Cells and Single Cell Transcriptomics Cell Rep. 2017 Jan 17;18(3):791-803. : 2017.

Oselkin M, Satti SR, Sundararajan SH, Kung D, Hurst RW, Pukenas BA: Endovascular treatment for acute basilar thrombosis via a transradial approach:Initial experience and future considerations. Interv Neuroradiol. 2017 Jan 1:1591019917733709. : 2017.

Bress A, Hurst R, Pukenas B, Smith M, Kung D.: Mechanical thrombectomy for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis employing a novel combination of Angiojet and Penumbra ACE aspiration catheters: the Triaxial Angiojet technique. J Clin Neurosci. 31 (196-8): 2016.

Buch VP, Madsen PJ, Vaughan KA, Koch PF, Kung DK, Ozturk AK.: Rotational vertebrobasilar insufficiency due to compression of a persistent first intersegmental vertebral artery variant: case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Oct 7:1-4. [Epub ahead of print] : 2016.

Chalouhi N, Polifka A, Daou B, Kung D, Barros G, Tjoumakaris S, Gonzalez LF, Starke RM, Hasan D, Judy B, Rosenwasser RH, Jabbour P.: In-Pipeline Stenosis: Incidence, Predictors, and Clinical Outcomes Neurosurgery 77(6) (875-9): 2015.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurosurgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3rd floor Silverstein
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3486
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)