Charlene Ong, MD, MPHS

Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • Title Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Office BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • Phone 617-638-8456
  • Education Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2012)
    Internship: Washington University School of Medicine (2013)
    Residency: Washington University School of Medicine (2016)
    Fellowship: Neurocritical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital (2018)

Board Certifications: Neurology (Neurocritical Care Board Eligible)
Special Interests: Cerebral Edema, Machine Learning Methods to Optimize ICU Outcomes


Dr. Charlene Ong is the recipient of the Career Development Professorship Award.  Dr. Ong’s research seeks to create personalized risk assessments of patients with ischemic stroke through development of a comprehensive diagnostic imaging tool that processes physiologic, clinical, and radiographic data.

Recent publications:

Takahashi CE, Virmani D, Chung DY, Ong C, Cervantes-Arslanian AM. Blunt and Penetrating Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Neurol Clin. 2021 May;39(2):443-469. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2021.02.009. Epub 2021 Mar 31. 

Abdalkader M, Samuelsen BT, Moore JM, Cervantes-Arslanian A, Ong CJ, Setty BN, Mian AZ, Nguyen TN. Ruptured Spinal Aneurysms: Diagnosis and Management Paradigms. World Neurosurg. 2021 Feb;146:e368-e377. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.10.098. Epub 2020 Oct 23. 

Nwajei F, Anand P, Abdalkader M, Andreu Arasa VC, Aparicio HJ, Behbahani S, Curiale G, Daneshmand A, Dasenbrock H, Mayo T, Mian A, Nguyen T, Ong C, Romero JR, Sakai O, Takahashi C, Cervantes-Arslanian AM. Cerebral Venous Sinus Thromboses in Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Three Cases and a Review of the Literature. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2020 Dec;29(12):105412. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2020.105412. Epub 2020 Oct 19. 

Anand P, Slama MCC, Kaku M, Ong C, Cervantes-Arslanian AM, Zhou L, David WS, Guidon AC. Comment on COVID-19 in patients with myasthenia gravis: Author response. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Dec;62(6):E87-E88. doi: 10.1002/mus.27062. Epub 2020 Sep 21. 

Ong C, Gilmore E, Claassen J, Foreman B, Mayer SA. Impact of Prolonged Periodic Epileptiform Discharges on Coma Prognosis. Neurocritical Care 2012;17(1):39-44.

Ong CJ. Tipping point: The head CT and its impact on neurology training. Annals of Neurology 2015;77(4):556-9.

Ong CJ, Keyrouz S, Diringer MN. The role of osmotic therapy in hemispheric stroke. Neurocritical Care, Neurocritical Care 2015;23(2):285-91.

Ong CJ, Yarbrough CK, Beyer AB et al. Endovascular thrombectomy for anterior circulation stroke. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Stroke 2015;46(11):3177-83.

Ong CJ, Yarbrough CK, Derdeyn CP. Response to letter regarding article, “Endovascular thrombectomy for anterior circulation stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Stroke;46(12):e259.

Ong CJ, Dhand A, Diringer MN. Early withdrawal decision making in patients with coma after cardiac arrest: a qualitative study of intensive care clinicians. Neurocritical Care 2016;25(2):258-65.

Ong CJ, Gluckstein JA, Laurido-Soto O, Yan Y, Dhar R, Lee JM. Enhanced detection of edema in malignant anterior circulation stroke (EDEMA) score: A risk prediction tool. Stroke 2017;48(7):1969-72.

Ong CJ, Hutch M, Smirnakis SM. The Effect of Ambient Light Conditions on Quantitative Pupillometry. Neurocrit Care 2019;30(2):316-321.

Ong CJ, Hutch M, Barra M, Kim A, Zafar S, Smirnakis SM. Osmotic therapy effects on pupil reactivity: Quantification using pupillometry in critically ill neurologic patients. Neurocrit Care 2019;30(2):307-315.

Case Reports and Series:

Ong C, Nallamshetty HS, Nazarian LN, Rekant MS, Mandel S. Sonography Diagnosis of Posterior Interosseous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome. Radiology Case Reports 2007;2:1-4.

Ong C, Patel K, Musiek E, Van Stavern G. Isolated Upbeating Nystagmus as Early Atypical Manifestation of Thiamine Deficiency. Neurology 2015;84(4):e17-e19.

Ong CJ, Al-Lozi M, Cimino PJ, Bucelli R. Peripheral nervous system hyperexcitability in the VV2 subtype of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: two cases and a review of the literature. Clinical Practice Neurology 2015;5(4):326-332.

View all profiles