May Anne Kim-Tenser, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Medical Director, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Keck Hospital of USC

Associate Chair, Neurology, Keck Hospital of USC, Division Chief, Neurocritical Care and Stroke, Director, ICU Neuro Consult Service, USC Arcadia Hospital

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Dr. Kim is board certified in Neurology, Vascular Neurology, and Neurocritical Care. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with stroke and those who are neurocritically ill requiring admission into the neurosciences ICU (ie: GBS, SE, myasthenic crises, SAH, ICH, AVM’s, spinal cord injury).

Dr. Kim’s research interests include the management of intracerebral hemorrhage, stroke outcome/genetics, subarachnoid hemorrhage, hypothermia, and neuroprotection in stroke.


  • Persistent Inequities in Intravenous Thrombolysis for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States: Results From the Nationwide Inpatient Sample J Am Heart Assoc. 2024 May 07; 13(9):e033316. . View in PubMed
  • The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale is comparable to the ICH score in predicting outcomes in spontaneous acute intracerebral hemorrhage Front Neurol. 2024; 15:1401793. . View in PubMed
  • Persistent Inequities in Intravenous Thrombolysis for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the United States: Results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample medRxiv. 2023 Oct 10. . View in PubMed
  • Circadian variation in stroke onset: Differences between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and weekdays versus weekends J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2023 Jul; 32(7):107106. . View in PubMed
  • Effect of Magnesium on Deterioration and Symptomatic Hemorrhagic Transformation in Cerebral Ischemia: An Ancillary Analysis of the FAST-MAG Trial Cerebrovasc Dis. 2023; 52(5):539-542. . View in PubMed
  • Minocycline decreases blood-brain barrier permeability following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial J Neurosurg. 2022 May 01; 136(5):1251-1259. . View in PubMed
  • National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale Correlates Well with Initial Intracerebral Hemorrhage Volume J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2022 Apr; 31(4):106348. . View in PubMed
  • Perceptions Regarding the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic’s Impact on Neurocritical Care Delivery: Results From a Global Survey J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2022 Apr 01; 34(2):209-220. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence and Predictors of Food Insecurity Among Stroke Survivors in the United States Stroke. 2022 11; 53(11):3369-3374. . View in PubMed
  • Beyond the Golden Hour: Treating Acute Stroke in the Platinum 30 Minutes Stroke. 2022 08; 53(8):2426-2434. . View in PubMed
  • Admission glycemic gap in the assessment of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2021 Sep; 208:106871. . View in PubMed
  • CT perfusion core and ASPECT score prediction of outcomes in DEFUSE 3 Int J Stroke. 2021 04; 16(3):288-294. . View in PubMed
  • Association Between Glycemic Gap and In-hospital Outcomes in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Front Neurol. 2021; 12:714341. . View in PubMed
  • A Prehospital Acute Stroke Trial has Only Modest Impact on Enrollment in Concurrent, Post-arrival-Recruiting Stroke Trials J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2020 Nov; 29(11):105200. . View in PubMed
  • Older Age Is Not Associated with Worse Outcomes Following Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2019 Nov; 28(11):104320. . View in PubMed
  • Results From DEFUSE 3: Good Collaterals Are Associated With Reduced Ischemic
    Core Growth but Not Neurologic Outcome Stroke 2019 03; 50(3):632-638. . View in PubMed
  • Quality of Acute Stroke Care at Primary Stroke Centers Before and After Certification in Comparison to Never-Certified Hospitals Front Neurol. 2019; 10:1396. . View in PubMed
  • Subject Retention in Prehospital Stroke Research Using a Telephone-Based Physician-Investigator Driven Enrollment Method Cerebrovasc Dis Extra. 2019; 9(2):72-76. . View in PubMed
  • Los Angeles Motor Scale to Identify Large Vessel Occlusion: Prehospital Validation and Comparison With Other Screens Stroke. 2018 03; 49(3):565-572. . View in PubMed
  • Thrombectomy for Stroke at 6 to 16 Hours with Selection by Perfusion Imaging N Engl J Med. 2018 02 22; 378(8):708-718. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of the 2003 ACGME Resident Duty Hour Reform on Hospital-Acquired Conditions: A National Retrospective Analysis J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Apr; 9(2):215-221. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Ventriculostomy-Associated Infections and Mortality in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Data From the Nationwide Inpatient Sample World Neurosurg. 2017 Mar; 99:599-604. . View in PubMed
  • Minocycline and matrix metalloproteinase inhibition in acute intracerebral hemorrhage: a pilot study Eur J Neurol. 2017 11; 24(11):1384-1391. . View in PubMed
  • A Dedicated Spanish Language Line Increases Enrollment of Hispanics Into Prehospital Clinical Research Stroke. 2017 05; 48(5):1389-1391. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Transient Ischemic Attack Hospitalizations in the United States J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Sep 24; 5(9). . View in PubMed
  • Trends in the use of pulmonary artery catheterization in the aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage population J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Sep; 31:133-6. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of time to aneurysm treatment following subarachnoid hemorrhage: comparison of patients treated with clipping versus coiling J Neurointerv Surg. 2016 Apr; 8(4):373-7. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Acute Ischemic Stroke Hospitalizations in the United States J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 05 11; 5(5). . View in PubMed
  • A Case of Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy Mimicking Brain Death and Review of the Literature Front Neurol. 2016; 7:63. . View in PubMed
  • Enrollment Yield and Reasons for Screen Failure in a Large Prehospital Stroke Trial Stroke. 2016 Jan; 47(1):232-5. . View in PubMed
  • Routing Ambulances to Designated Centers Increases Access to Stroke Center Care and Enrollment in Prehospital Research Stroke. 2015 Oct; 46(10):2886-90. . View in PubMed
  • Incidence of “never events” among weekend admissions versus weekday admissions to US hospitals: national analysis BMJ. 2015 Apr 15; 350:h1460. . View in PubMed
  • Health disparities in time to aneurysm clipping/coiling among aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients: a national study World Neurosurg. 2014 Dec; 82(6):1071-6. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of patient age and comorbidities on the occurrence of “never events” in cerebrovascular surgery: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample J Neurosurg. 2014 Sep; 121(3):580-6. . View in PubMed
  • Expansion of US. emergency medical service routing for stroke care: 2000-2010. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Jul; 15(4):499-503. . View in PubMed
  • Racial and socioeconomic disparities in incidence of hospital-acquired complications following cerebrovascular procedures Neurosurgery. 2014 Jul; 75(1):43-50. . View in PubMed
  • Anticoagulation in the setting of intracerebral hemorrhage: controversies in resuming therapy World Neurosurg. 2014 May-Jun; 81(5-6):669-70. . View in PubMed
  • Therapeutic hypothermia in acute ischemic stroke Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Jun; 30(6):E17. . View in PubMed
  • Hemorrhagic stroke in a patient recently started on mixed amphetamine salts Am J Psychiatry. 2010 Oct; 167(10):1277-8. . View in PubMed
  • Fatal massive cerebral air embolism in a lung transplant patient Neurocrit Care. 2009 Dec; 11(3):381-3. . View in PubMed