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David K. Kung, MD

David K. Kung, MD Physician

Neurosurgical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 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:

  • Yue Chinese

Dr. Kung is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurosurgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurological Surgery, 2018

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Anaplastic Mixed Glioma
  • Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma
  • Aneurysms
  • Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
  • Aqueductal Stenosis
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arterial Malformation of the Brain
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Astrocytic Cancer
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm of Brain
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Biopsy of the Brain
  • Biopsy of the Skull
  • Brachial Nerve Tumors
  • Brain Laceration
  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumors
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burr Hole
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis
  • Central Nervous System Infection
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Central Venous Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Anomaly
  • Cerebellar Tumor
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebral Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Cerebral Decompression
  • CNS Lymphoma
  • Cortical Mapping
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Craniosynostosis
  • CSF Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Electrocorticography
  • Embryonal Cell Tumors of the Brain
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Flow Diversion for Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Foot Drag
  • Gamma Knife
  • Gamma Knife Perfexion
  • Ganglioma
  • Glioma
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Head and Neck Osteoma
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Image Guided Biopsy of the Spine
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Kyphosis
  • Lesion of Median Nerve
  • Lesion of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion of Sciatic Nerve
  • Lesionectomies
  • Lesionectomy
  • Lobectomy of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumbar Spinal Fracture
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Needle Biopsy of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neoplasm of Brain Stem
  • Nerve Ablation (Neuroablation)
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Percutaneous Trigeminal Rhizotomy
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Repair of Brain
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Vein of Galen Malformation
  • Venous Malformation Brain
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 American Heart Association, 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.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: 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:

AlBayar A, Sullivan PZ, Blue R, Leonard J, Kung D, Ozturk AK, Chen HI, Schuster J: Risk Of Vertebral Artery Injury And Stroke Following Blunt and Penetrating Cervical Spine Trauma: A Retrospective Review Of 729 Patients World Neurosurg. pii: S1878-8750(19)31844-3. : 2019 .

Forti RM, Favilla CG, Cochran JM, Baker WB, Detre JA, Kasner SE, Mullen MT, Messé SR, Kofke WA, Balu R, Kung D, Pukenas BA, Sedora-Roman NI, Hurst RW, Choudhri OA, Mesquita RC, Yodh AG.: Transcranial Optical Monitoring of Cerebral Hemodynamics in Acute Stroke Patients during Mechanical Thrombectomy J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 28(6):1483-1494 : 2019 .

Cox M, Kung D, Hurst RW, Bagley LJ, Nabavizadeh SA.: Significance of the absent vertebral artery T2 flow void on cervical spine MRI in atraumatic patients without acute neurological symptoms. Neuroradiol J. 32(3):154-157 : 2019 .

Favilla CG, Forti RM, Zamzam A, Detre JA, Mullen MT, Yodh AG, Kasner SE, Busch DR, Baker WB, Mesquita RC, Kung D, Messé SR.: Perfusion Enhancement with Respiratory Impedance After Stroke (PERI-Stroke) Neurotherapeutics. 10.1007/s13311-019-00744-1 : 2019 .

Zanaty M, Banu M, Flouty O, Grady S, Holland MT, Isaacs A, Kung D, Limbrick DD Jr, McKhann G 2nd, Nagahama Y, Zipfel GJ, Howard MA 3rd.: The Wishbone: A Cranial Midline Localizing Device. World Neurosurg. S1878-8750(19)31320-8 : 2019 .

Ramayya AG, Chen HI, Marcotte PJ, Brem S, Zager EL, Osiemo B, Piazza M, Sharma N, McClintock SD, Schuster JM, Ali ZS, Connolly P, Heuer GG, Grady MS, Kung DK, Ozturk AK, O'Rourke DM, Malhotra NR.: Assessing variability in surgical decision making among attending neurosurgeons at an academic center J Neurosurg. 31:1-7 : 2019 .

Zanaty M, Howard S, Roa JA, Alvarez CM, Kung DK, McCarthy DJ, Samaniego EA, Nakagawa D, Starke RM, Limaye K, Al Kasab S, Chalouhi N, Jabbour P, Torner J, Tranel D, Hasan D.: Cognitive and cerebral hemodynamic effects of endovascular recanalization of chronically occluded cervical internal carotid artery: single-center study and review of the literature. J Neurosurg. 29:1-9 : 2019 .

Ramayya AG, Glauser G, Mcshane B, Branche M, Sinha S, Kvint S, Buch V, Abdullah KG, Kung D, Chen HI, Malhotra NR, Ozturk A.: Factors Predicting Ventriculostomy Revision at a Large Academic Medical Center. World Neurosurg. 123:e509-e514 : 2019 .

Young B, Moyer M, Pino W, Kung D, Zager E, Kumar MA.: Safety and Feasibility of Early Mobilization in Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and External Ventricular Drain. Neurocrit Care. 31(1):88-96 : 2019.

Limaye K, Zanaty M, Hudson J, Nakagawa D, Al Kasab S, Alvarez C, Dandapat S, Kung DK, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Jabbour P, Samaniego EA, Hasan D.: The Safety and Efficacy of Continuous Tirofiban as a Monoantiplatelet Therapy in the Management of Ruptured Aneurysms Treated Using Stent-Assisted Coiling or Flow Diversion and Requiring Ventricular Drainage Neurosurgery. : 2019.

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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)