Hyuna Sung, PhD

Principal Scientist, Surveillance Research

Hyuna Sung, PhD, is a cancer epidemiologist and principal scientist in the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Sung’s research focuses on monitoring cancer trends with national and international population-based health statistics. She studies temporal, demographic, and geographic variations in cancer rates using standard descriptive epidemiology tools supplemented with novel statistical methods. Her surveillance research aims to inform prevention strategies and to provide insights into the evolving knowledge of cancer heterogeneity, as defined by histopathology and increasingly by molecular and genetic characteristics.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society in 2017, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she received broad training in both etiologic and descriptive studies, specializing in cancers of the breast and upper gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Sung has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, 2017
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Seoul National University College of Medicine and Graduate School, South Korea, 2013
  • MS, Molecular biology, School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University College of Natural Sciences, South Korea, 2004

See Hyuna Sung's complete list of publications on PubMed