Sung-Min Cho, D.O., M.H.S.

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  • Director of Adult ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Research
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Languages: English, Korean


Critical Care Medicine, Neurology


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Sung-Min Cho joined the Johns Hopkins Division of Neuroscience Critical Care in 2019 as a faculty. Dr. Cho specializes in neurointensive care and neurology. He is experienced in neurological critical care, cerebrovascular disease, adult neurology, and acute brain injury.

His training began at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was a resident in neurology from 2013-2017. He finished his neurocritical care fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University/Hospital in 2019. Then, he joined the Johns Hopkins in 2019 as a faculty.

He studied physics in the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He then received his medical degree from the Ohio University in 2013. Additionally, he earned the Master of Health Science (MHS) in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Cho's research interests include neurologic outcomes in intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, cardiac arrest, infective endocarditis, cardiac surgery, and mechanical circulatory support devices such as LVAD and ECMO. more


  • Director of Adult ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Research
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • DO; Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2013)


  • Neurology; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2017)


  • Neurological Critical Care; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurocritical Care) (2022)
  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2017)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trials

Influence of Cooling Duration on Efficacy in Cardiac Arrest (ICECAP trial) - Johns Hopkins ICU PI

CLots and Oxygen in Va-ExtracorpoReal membrane oxygenation (CLOVER) Study - PI

Long-term Impact in Intensive Care Survivors of Coronavirus Disease-19 (AFTERCOR) - PI of U.S. Sites

SAfety and FEasibility of portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging in ECMO (SAFE MRI) - PI

Selected Publications

Cho SM, Canner J, Chiarini G, Calligy K, Caturegli G, Rycus P, Barbaro R, Tonna J, Lorusso R, Kilic A, Choi CW, Ziai W, Geocadin R, Whitman G. Modifiable Risk factors and mortality from ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes in patients receiving veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: Results from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry. Critical Care Medicine. 2020

Cho SM, Farrokh S, Whitman G, Bleck TP, Geocadin RG. Neurocritical Care for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients. Crit Care Med. Oct 2019

Cho SM, Mehaffey JH, Meyers SL, Cantor RS, Starling RC, Kirklin JK, Jacobs JP, Kern J, Uchino K, Yarboro LT. Cerebrovascular events inpatients with centrifugal-flow left ventricular assist devices: propensity score-matched analysis from the intermacs registry. Circulation. 2021;144:763-772.

Cho SM, Floden D, Wallace K, Hiivala N, Joseph S, Teuteberg J, Rogers JG, Pagani FD, Mokadam N, Tirschwell D, Li S, Starling RC, Mahr C, Uchino K. Long-term neurocognitive outcome in patients with continuous flow left ventricular assist device. JACC: Heart Fail. 2021;9(11):839-851.

Wildi K, Li Bassi G, Barnett A, Panigada M, Colombo SM, Bandera A, Muscatello A, McNicholas B, Laffey JG, Battaglini D, Robba C, Torres A, Motos A, Luna CM, Rainieri F, Hodgson C, Burrell AJC, Buscher H, Dalton H, Cho SM, Choi HA, Thomson D, Suen J, Fraser JF. Design and rationale of a prospective international follow-up study on intensive care survivors of COVID-19: The Long-Term Impact in Intensive Care Survivors of Coronavirus Disease-19-AFTERCOR. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021; 8:738086.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

M.H.S, The Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI) in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2019-2020

Activities & Honors


  • K23HL157610 (CLOVER study), NIH - NHLBI, 2022 - 2027
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2022 - 2022
  • Johns Hopkins BOOST Award, Johns Hopkins ICTR, 2021 - 2022
  • Johns Hopkins Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine T32 Institutional Grant, NIH, 2019 - 2020
  • Johns Hopkins Neurocritical Care Division, Chief Fellow, 2018 - 2019
  • Neurological Institute Education Chair 2016-2017


  • American Heart Association
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Neurocritical Care Society
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • How do we improve neurologic outcome in patients with ECMO?
    Invited Speaker, International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles, CA (02/20/2020)
  • Brain Injury in Patients with Continuous Flow Pump
    Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds, Berlin, Germany (07/23/2019)
    University of Charité
  • Neuromonitoring in Patients with ECMO support
    Invited Speaker, IEEE, Berlin, Germany (07/24/2019)
  • Understanding Risk Factors of Stroke in Patients with HVAD
    Speaker, ISHLT, Orlando, FL (04/05/2019)
  • Neurologic Monitoring of ECMO
    Invited Speaker, AATS (04/27/2020)
  • Long-term neurological effect of COVID-19 infection
    Invited Speaker, Webinar, ESICM (10/05/2020)
  • Neurological Complication of COVID-19 ECMO patients
    Invited Speaker, KNCS (11/20/2020)
  • Strokes in COVID-19
    Invited Speaker, European Society of Anesthesiology (11/25/2020)
  • Neurological Complications in Patients on ECMO
    Invited Speaker, Grand Rounds (12/02/2020)
  • Management of Cerebral Edema in Ischemic Stroke
    Invited Speaker, Webinar, ESICM (09/02/2021)
  • Neuropathology of COVID-19
    Invited Speaker, Conference, Neuro Lil 2021, Colombia (11/15/2021)
  • Management of Neurological Injury in VA-ECMO
    Invited Speaker, Symposium, The 8th Annual Korean ECMO Symposium, Jeonbuk, South Korea (12/11/2021)
    Chonnam National University Hospital
  • Brain Injury in ECMO: Cardinal considerations for initiation and management
    Invited Speaker, Conference, 58th STS Conference, Miami, Florida (01/29/2022)

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