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Dr. Ethan Kung

Associate Professor

Office: 231 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5623
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Dr. Kung's CV

Ethan Kung joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor and is currently jointly appointed in the Department of Bioengineering. Dr. Kung’s research is highly inter-disciplinary and integrates experimental, computational, and clinical aspects of cardiovascular biomechanics, striving for close collaborations with clinicians, clinical translation, and applications to the medical device industry. Dr. Kung obtained his PhD and MS degrees in Bioengineering from Stanford University, and BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University. He was awarded the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and conducted the relevant research in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Kung is a reviewer for leading journals in his field, including the American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Biomechanics, ASAIO Journal, and Annals of Biomedical Engineering. His expertise ranges from cardiovascular physiology, CFD modeling, medical imaging, to in-vitro experimentation, and his work encompasses a fun conglomeration of different areas of engineering and medicine.  Non-governmental funding agencies supporting Dr. Kung's research include the American Heart Association, The Childrens Heart Foundation, and Saving Tiny Hearts Society.  


PhD, Stanford University, 2010
MS, Stanford University, 2006
BS, Queen’s University, 2003

Research Interests

Computational and experimental modeling of the cardiovascular system, hardware-in-the-loop, Physiology-Modeling Coupled Experiments (PMCE), image-based computational fluid dynamics, surgical design/planning/prediction, medical device testing, pediatric & congenital heart diseases, exercise physiology.

Selected Publications 

Farahmand M, Kavarana MN, Trusty PM, Kung EO. "Target Flow-Pressure Operating Range for Designing a Failing Fontan Cavopulmonary Support Device" IEEE Transactions on BiomedicalEngineering. DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2020.2974098 (2020) Featured Article

Mirzaei E, Farahmand M, Kung E. “An Algorithm for Coupling Multi-Branch In-vitro Experiment to Numerical Physiology Simulation for a Hybrid Cardiovascular Model” Int J Num Meth Biomed Eng. e3289 (2019)

Kaufmann J, Kung E. “Factors Affecting Cardiovascular Physiology in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Implications for Lumped-parameter Modeling” Front. Surg. 6:62 (2019)

Kung E, Corsini C, Marsden A, Vignon-Clementel I, Pennati G, Figliola R, Hsia TY, MOCHA. “Multiscale Modeling of Superior Cavopulmonary Circulation: Hemi-Fontan And Bidirectional Glenn Are Equivalent” Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. DOI: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2019.09.007 (2019)

Kung E, Farahmand M, Gupta A. “A Hybrid Modeling Framework Combining In-Vitro Experiment With Computational Physiology Simulation for Cardiovascular Device Testing.” J Biomech Eng. 141(5):051012 (2019)

Schmidt T, Rosenthal D, Reinhartz O, Riemer RK, He F, Hsia TY, Marsden A, Kung E, MOCHA Investigators. “Superior Performance of Continuous Over Pulsatile Flow Ventricular Assist Devices in the Single Ventricle Circulation: A Computational Study.” J Biomech. 52:48-54 (2016) 

Conover T, Hlavacek A, Migliavacca F, Kung E, Dorfman A, Figliola R, Hsia TY. “An Interactive Simulation Tool for Patient-Specific Clinical Decision Support in Single Ventricle Physiology.” J Thoracic Cardiovascular Surg. 155(2):712-721 (2018)

Mechoor R, Schmidt T, Kung E. “A Real-Time Programmable Pulsatile Flow Pump For In-Vitro Cardiovascular Experimentation.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.  138(11):111002 (2016)

Kung E, Perry JC, Davis C, Migliavacca F, Pennati G, Giardini A, Hsia TY, Marsden A, “Computational Modeling of Pathophysiologic Responses to Exercise in Fontan Patients.”  Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  DOI:10.1007/s10439-014-1131-4  (2014)

Kung E, Pennati G, Migliavacca F, Hsia TY, Figliola R, Marsden A, Giardini A, MOCHA Investigators, “A Simulation Protocol For Exercise Physiology In Fontan Patients Using A Closed-Loop Lumped-Parameter Model.”  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.  136(8):081007  (2014)

Kung E, Baretta A, Baker C, Arbia G, Biglino G, Corsini C, Schievano S, Vignon-Clementel IE, Dubini G, Pennati G, Taylor A, Dorfman A, Hlavacek AM, Marsden AL, Hsia T-Y, Migliavacca F, “Predictive modeling of the virtual Hemi-Fontan operation for second stage single ventricle palliation: Two patient-specific cases.” Journal of Biomechanics. 46(2):423-429  (2013)

Kung E, Les A, Figueroa CA, Medina F, Arcaute K, Wicker R, McConnell M, Taylor C, “In Vitro Validation of Finite Element Analysis of Blood Flow in Deformable Models.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 39(7):1947-1960  (2011)

Kung E, Taylor C, “Development of a Physical Windkessel Module to Re-Create In Vivo Vascular Flow Impedance for In Vitro Experiments.” Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology. 2(1):2-14  (2011)

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