David Y Hwang, MD, FAAN(Neurology), FCCM, FNCS

Associate Professor of Neurology; Staff Neurointensivist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Research Departments & Organizations


Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Attitude to Death; Cerebral Hemorrhage; Cerebrovascular Disorders; Critical Care; Critical Illness; Decision Making; Decision Support Techniques; Education, Medical; Family; Intensive Care Units; Neurology; Nursing Research; Palliative Care; Palliative Medicine; Patient Satisfaction; Prognosis; Sociology, Medical; Stroke

Research Summary

Our group and collaborations have the following ongoing interests: (1) the accuracy and thought processes of clinicians when predicting functional outcomes for Neuro ICU patients with severe diseases such as hemorrhagic stroke; (2) the experiences of family members of patients hospitalized in the Neuro ICU, with regards to shared decision making; (3) the decision-making priorities of surrogate decision makers for Neuro ICU patients who lack capacity and who are seriously ill; (4) the variability across US hospitals regarding how decisions to prolong care versus pursue comfort care for Neuro ICU patients are made; and (5) the efficacy of communication training for physicians.

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Diseases of the Nervous System Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous BIIB093 (Glibenclamide) for Severe Cerebral Edema Following Large Hemispheric Infarction (CHARM)
Diseases of the Nervous System An International Study to Evaluate Diagnostic Efficacy of Flurpiridaz (18F) Injection PET MPI in the Detection of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Diseases of the Cardiovascular System Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Trial RandOmizing Heparin (ASTROH)
Diseases of the Nervous System Transforming Acute Stroke Detection through Real Time Neurological Monitoring
Diseases of the Nervous System Impact of Fever Prevention in Brain Injured Patients (INTREPID)
Diseases of the Nervous System, Diseases of the Respiratory Systems SETPOINT 2 Stroke-Related Early Tracheostomy versus Prolonged Orotracheal Intubation in Neurocritical Care Trial 2

Selected Publications

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