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Kenneth Hung, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Digestive Diseases); Associate Fellowship Program Director, Digestive Diseases; Gastroenterology Elective Director - YNHH, Digestive Diseases

Contact Information

Kenneth Hung, MD, MS

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    Department of Medicine (Digestive Diseases), P.O. Box 208019

    New Haven, CT 06520-8019

    United States

Research Summary

My research interests are in quality improvement in patients hospitalized with gastrointestinal bleeding. During my gastroenterology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, I obtained a master's degree in patient-oriented research methods in the department of biostatistics at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. I studied factors associated with missed testing for Helicobacter pylori infection, a common cause of peptic ulcer disease. Based on my work on missed opportunities for H. pylori-associated peptic ulcer disease bleeding, I was awarded the top prize at the New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy annual meeting for a research poster.

Extensive Research Description

My initial research interest included optimizing donor and recipient matching in liver transplantation to improve post-transplant graft survival. I have published several manuscripts on outcomes of patients with cirrhosis and liver transplantation.

My most recent research interest involves measurement of quality of care and missed testing for Helicobacter pylori in patients hospitalized with bleeding peptic ulcer disease. H. pylori is a bacterium implicated in the development of gastric cancer and peptic ulcer disease. H. pylori testing and treatment are readily available and cost effective through a variety of modalities. H. pylori eradication significantly reduces the risk of recurrent bleeding from peptic ulcer disease. Despite strong evidence of the benefits of H. pylori testing and treatment, rates of H. pylori testing are low. I am studying the cascade of care among patients hospitalized with bleeding peptic ulcer disease to identify potential areas of intervention to increase H. pylori testing rates.


Research Interests

Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage; Peptic Ulcer Hemorrhage; Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal; Helicobacter pylori; Quality Improvement

Public Health Interests

Epidemiology Methods; Survival Analysis

Selected Publications