Grace C. Kung, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator)

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Dr. Kung graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology in 1989 and attended The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating in 1993. She completed her pediatric internship and residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco from 1993-1999. Dr. Kung was then an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston from 1999-2003 and joined the faculty at USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2003. She has been board certified in pediatric cardiology since 2000.
She has been Fellowship Program Director since 2014 and has been on the CHLA Promotions Committee since 2019 as well as CAPC at KSOM. She has also taken a lead in the CHLA junior faculty mentoring program.

She served on the KSOM Faculty Council from 2019-2024, serving as president and then past president during her last term.
She also co-leads the Leadership Working group for Gender Equity in Medicine and Science (GEMS).

Clinical Interests
Clinical care and evaluation of children with congenital heart disease in the outpatient, inpatient and peri-operative setting; non-invasive imaging including transthoracic and transesophageal imaging.

Dr. Kung had actively participated in the National Pediatric Cardioloy QI Collaborative to improve outcomes for single ventricle patients with HLHS.


  • Postoperative Serum Troponin Trends in Infants Undergoing Cardiac Surgery Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019; 31(2):244-251. . View in PubMed
  • Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery discovered following total anomalous pulmonary venous return repair: a rare entity Cardiol Young. 2017 Mar; 27(2):385-387. . View in PubMed
  • Erratum to: Home Monitoring Program Reduces Mortality in High-Risk Sociodemographic Single-Ventricle Patients Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Jan; 38(1):206. . View in PubMed
  • Home Monitoring Program Reduces Mortality in High-Risk Sociodemographic Single-Ventricle Patients Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Dec; 37(8):1575-1580. . View in PubMed
  • Single-Ventricle Outcomes After Neonatal Palliation of Severe Ebstein Anomaly With Modified Starnes Procedure Circulation. 2016 Oct 25; 134(17):1257-1264. . View in PubMed
  • Prenatal diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot with a double aortic arch Cardiol Young. 2016 Jun; 26(5):973-5. . View in PubMed
  • Case Report of a 2-year-old boy with Takayasu’s arteritis: an atypical, severe presentation of a rare disease Pediatr Cardiol. 2010 Oct; 31(7):1089-92. . View in PubMed
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome in patients with Kabuki syndrome Pediatr Cardiol. 2010 Jan; 31(1):138-41. . View in PubMed
  • Cor triatriatum associated with ASD and common atrium in 7-month-old with tachypnea and failure to thrive Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Dec; 86(6):1999. . View in PubMed
  • Intracardiac thrombi in pediatric patients: presentation profiles and clinical outcomes Pediatr Cardiol. 2007 May-Jun; 28(3):213-20. . View in PubMed
  • Characteristics and outcomes of fetuses with pericardial effusions Am J Cardiol. 2005 Aug 15; 96(4):599-601. . View in PubMed
  • Prenatal screening for congenital heart disease using real-time three-dimensional echocardiography and a novel ‘sweep volume’ acquisition technique Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2005 May; 25(5):435-43. . View in PubMed
  • Usefulness of real-time navigator magnetic resonance imaging for evaluating coronary artery origins in pediatric patients Am J Cardiol. 2005 Mar 01; 95(5):679-82. . View in PubMed
  • Infected pseudoaneurysm of a right modified Blalock-Taussig shunt Pediatr Cardiol. 2004 Nov-Dec; 25(6):700-1. . View in PubMed
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return involving drainage above, below, and to the heart: a mixed bag J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2004 Oct; 17(10):1084-5. . View in PubMed
  • Anatomic reconstruction for recurrent aortic obstruction in infants and children Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Sep; 78(3):926-32; discussion 926-32. . View in PubMed
  • Left ventricular inflow obstruction associated with persistent left superior vena cava and dilated coronary sinus J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Apr; 127(4):959-62. . View in PubMed
  • Functional acquired pulmonary atresia secondary to subpulmonary aneurysmal tissue: a rare form of pulmonary outflow tract obstruction J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2004 Mar; 17(3):284-5. . View in PubMed
  • Retrograde transcatheter coil embolization of congenital coronary artery fistulas in infants and young children Pediatr Cardiol. 2003 Sep-Oct; 24(5):448-53. . View in PubMed
  • Elective primary repair of acyanotic tetralogy of Fallot in early infancy: overall outcome and impact on the pulmonary valve J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000 Dec; 36(7):2279-83. . View in PubMed
  • Echocardiographic guidance for transcatheter coil embolization of congenital coronary arterial fistulas in children Pediatr Cardiol. 2000 May-Jun; 21(3):253-8. . View in PubMed