*Corresponding author

Selected Publications

First or Corresponding Author

  1. Du JQ, Sun HF, Sun YY, Du JF, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Assessment of age, period, and cohort effects of lung cancer incidence in Hong Kong and projection up to 2030 based on changing demographics. American Journal of Cancer Research 2021; 11(12):5902-5916. https://doi.org/10.1136/ajcr0138826
  2. Sun SZ*, Weinberger KR, Nori-Sarma A, Spangler KR, Sun YT, Dominici F, Wellenius GA. Ambient heat and risks of emergency department visits among adults in the United States: time-stratified case-crossover study. The BMJ 2021; 375: e065653. https://doi.org/10.1136/BMJ-2021-065653
  3. Wu XM, Du JQ, Li LC, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Bayesian age-period-cohort prediction of mortality of type 2 diabetic kidney disease in China: A modeling study. Frontiers in Endocrinology 2021; 12: 767263. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2021.767263
  4. Sun SZ*, Cao WN, Ge Y, Siegel M, Wellenius GA. Analysis of firearm violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. JAMA Network Open 2021. In revision
  5. Nori-Sarma A, Sun SZ*, Sun YT, Spangler KR, Oblath R, Galea S, Gradus JL, Wellenius GA. Ambient heat and risk of emergency department visits for mental health among adults in the United States, 2010-2019. JAMA Psychiatry 2021. In Press.
  6. Sun SZ*, Savitz DA, Wellenius GA. Changes in adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. JAMA Network Open 2021; 4(10): e2129560. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.29560
  7. Han LF, Zhao S, Cao WN, Javanbakht M, Ran JJ, Sun SZ*. Changes in renal failure mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Journal of Nephrology 2021; 34: 2167-2170. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40620-021-01145-4
  8. Chen XB, Du JQ, Wu XM, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Global burden attributable to high sodium intake from 1990 to 2019. Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases 2021; 31: 3314-3321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.numecd.2021.08.033
  9. Xu QQ, Du JQ, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Demographic and epidemiologic drivers of global burden of psoriasis. Australasian Journal of Dermatology 2021; 62:554–e558. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajd.13710
  10. Bernstein AS, Sun SZ*, Weinberger KR, Spangler KR, Sheffield PE, Wellenius GA. Summer Heat and Emergency Department Visits to US Children’s Hospitals. Environmental Health Perspectives 2021; In press. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP8083
  11. Ran JJ, Zhao S, Han LF, Ge Y, Chong MKC, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Increase in Diabetes Mortality Associated with COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. Diabetes Care 2021; 44(7): e146-e147. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc21-0213.
  12. Sun SZ, Yang QQ, Zhou QX, Cao WN, Yu SW, Zhan SY, Sun F. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A prospective cohort study. Gut 2021. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2021-324364
  13. Wang LN, Du JQ, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Trends of stroke attributable to high sodium intake at the global, regional, and national levels from 1990 to 2019: a population-based study. Neurological Research 2021; 43(6): 474-481. https://doi.org/10.1080/01616412.2020.1867950
  14. Ge Y, Sun SZ (equal contributors), Shen Y. Estimation of case-fatality rate in COVID-19 patients with hypertension and diabetes melltius in the New York State: a preliminary report. Epidemiology & Infection 2021; 149: e14. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268821000066
  15. Sun SZ, Cao WN, Ge Y, Ran JJ, Sun F, Zeng Q, Guo MD, Huang JX, Lee RSY, Tian LW, Wellenius GA. Outdoor light at night and risk of coronary heart disease among older adults: A prospective cohort study. European Heart Journal 2021; 42 (8): 822-830. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa846.
  16. Du JQ, Wang LN, Wu XM, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. A comparative study of the disease burden attributable to PM2.5 in China, Japan and South Korea between 1990 and 2017. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 2021; 209: 11856. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111856
  17. Wang LN, Wu XM, Du JQ, Cao WN, Sun SZ*. Global burden of ischemic heart disease attributable to ambient particulate matter pollution from 1990 to 2017. Chemosphere 2021; 263: 128134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128134
  18. Sun SZ, Zhao JZ, Cao WN, Zheng TZ, Lu WQ, Zeng Q. Identifying critical exposure windows for ambient air pollution and semen quality in Chinese men. Environmental research 2020; 189: 109894. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109894
  19. Sun SZ*, Weinberger KR, Yan ML, Anderson BG, Wellenius GA. Tropical Cyclones and Risk of Preterm Birth: A Retrospective Analysis of 20 Million Births across 378 US Counties. Environment International 2020; 140: 105825. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105825
  20. Yang G, Sun SZ*. Estimation of coronavirus disease case-fatality risk in real time. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2020; 26 (8):1922-1923. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2608.201096
  21. Sun SZ, Cao WN, Chan KP, Ran JJ, Ge Y, Zhang YQ, Feng YL, Zeng Q, Lee RSY, Wong CM, Tian L, Lei YJ. Cigarette smoking increases deaths associated with air pollution in Hong Kong. Atmospheric Environment 2020; 223: 117266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117266
  22. Cao W, Sun SZ (equal contributors), Peng L, Gu J, Hao C, Li J, Wei D, Li J. Low willingness to self-pay for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. BMC Public Health 2020; 20: 337. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08488-w
  23. Sun SZ, Sarkar C, Kumari S, James P, Cao WN, Lee RSY, Tian LW, Webster C. Air pollution associated respiratory mortality risk alleviated by residential greenness in the Chinese Elderly Health Service Cohort. Environmental Research 2020; 183: 109139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109139
  24. Sun SZ, Cao WN, Qiu H, Ran JJ, Lin HL, Shen C, Lee RSY, Tian L. Benefits of physical activity not affected by air pollution: a prospective cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2020; 142-152. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyz184
  25. Sun SZ*, Stewart JD, Eliot MN, Yanosky JD, Liao DP, Tinker LF, Eaton CB, Whitsel EA, Wellenius GA (2019). Short-term exposure to air pollution and incidence of stroke in the Women’s Health Initiative. Environment International 2019; 132: 105065. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105065
  26. Sun SZ*, Spangler KR, Weinberger KR, Yanosky JD, Braun JM, Wellenius GA. Ambient temperature and markers of fetal growth: A retrospective observational study of 29 million singleton births. Environmental Health Perspectives 2019; 127(6): 067005. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP4648
  27. Sun SZ, Cao W, Pun VC, Qiu H, Ge Y, Tian L. Respirable particulate constituents and risks of cause-specific mortality in the Hong Kong population. Environmental Science & Technology 2019; 53(16): 9810-9817. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b01635
  28. Sun SZ*, Weinberger KR, Spangler KR, Eliot MN, Braun JM, Wellenius GA. Ambient temperature and preterm birth: A retrospective study of 32 million US singleton births. Environment International 2019; 126: 7-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.02.023
  29. Sun SZ, Tian L, Cao WN, Lai PC, PY Wong, Lee RSY, Mason TG, Tang, R, Kra ̈mer A, Wong CM. Urban climate modified short-term association of air pollution with pneumonia mortality in Hong Kong. Science of The Total Environment 2019; 646: 618-624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.311
  30. Sun SZ, Cao WN, Mason TG, Ran JJ, Qiu H, Li JH, Yang Y, Lin HL, Tian L. Increased susceptibility to heat for respiratory hospitalizations in Hong Kong. Science of The Total Environment 2019; 666: 197-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.229
  31. Sun SZ, Francine L, Jaime H, Qiu H, Wang Y, Wong CM, Lee RSY, Tian L. Seasonal temperature variability and emergency hospital admissions for respiratory diseases: a population-based cohort study. Thorax 2018; 73: 951-958. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211333
  32. Sun SZ, Qiu H, Ho KF, Tian L. Chemical components of respirable particulate matter associated with emergency hospital admissions for Type 2 diabetes in Hong Kong. Environment International 2016; 97: 93-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2016.10.022
  33. Sun SZ, Tian L, Qiu H, Chan KP, Tsang H, Tang R, Lee RSY, Thach TQ, Wong CM. The influence of pre-existing health conditions on short-term mortality risks of temperature: Evidence from a prospective Chinese elderly cohort in Hong Kong. Environmental Research 2016; 148: 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2016.03.012
  34. Qiu H, Sun SZ (equal contributors), Tang R, Chan KP, Tian L. Pneumonia hospitalization risk in the Elderly attributable to cold and hot temperature in Hong Kong. American Journal of Epidemiology 2016; 184 (8): 570-578. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kww041
  35. Sun SZ, Cao P, Chan KP, Tsang H, Wong CM, Thach TQ. Temperature as a modifier of the effects of fine particulate matter on acute mortality in Hong Kong. Environmental Pollution 2015; 205: 357-364. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2015.06.007


  1. Adams Q, Sun YT, Sun SZ, Wellenius GA. Internet searches and heat-related emergency department vists in the United States. Scientific Report 2021. In Revision.
  2. Ge Y, Martinez L, Sun SZ, Chen ZP, Zhang F, Li F, Sun WW, Chen EF, Pan JR, Li CW, Sun JM, Handel A, Ling F, Shen Y. Covid-19 transmission dynamics among close contacts of Covid-19 index cases: a population-based cohort study in Zhejiang Province, China. JAMA Internal Medicine 2021; 181(10): 1343-1350. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.4686.
  3. Weinberger KR, Wu X, Sun SZ, Spangler KR, Nori-Sarma A, Schwartz J, Requia W, Sabath BM, Braun D, Zanobetti A, Dominici F, Wellenius GA. Heat warnings, mortality, and hospital admissions among older adults in the United States. Environment International 2021;157(2021): 106834. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106834
  4. Deng YL, Liao JQ, Zhou B, Zhang WX, Liu C, Yuan XQ, Chen PP, Miao Y, Luo Q, Cui FP, Zhang M, Sun SZ, Zheng TZ, Xia W, Li YY, Xu SQ, Zeng Q. Early life exposure to air pollution and cell-mediated immune responses in preschoolers. Chemosphere 2022; 186(2022):131963. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131963
  5. Cao W, Li J, Sun SZ, Sturm C, Peng L, Gu J, Hao C, Hou F, Wei D, You X, Deng Y, Ekstrom AM. HIV serostatus disclosure among men who have sex with men in China in the era of U=U and PrEP. AIDS and Behavior 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-021-03502-7
  6. Weinberger KR, Kulik ER, Boehme AK, Sun SZ, Dominici F, Wellenius GA. Association between Hurricane Sandy and emergency department visits in New York City by age and cause. American Journal of Epidemiology 2021; 190(10): 2138-2147. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwab127
  7. Ran JJ, Zhang YM, Han LF, Sun SZ, Zhao S, Shen C, Zhang XH, Chan KP, Lee RSY, Qiu YL, Tian LW. The joint association of physical activity and fine particulate matter exposure with incident dementia in Hong Kong older adults. Environment International 2021; 156(2021): 106645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106645
  8. Zhang M, Liu C, Cui FP, Chen PP, Deng YL, Luo Q, Miao Y, Sun SZ, Li YF, Lu WQ, Zeng Q. The role of oxidative stress in association between disinfection by-products exposure and semen quality: A mediation analysis among men from an infertility clinic. Chemosphere 268 (2021): 128856. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128856
  9. Ran JJ, Schooling CM, Han LF, Sun SZ, Zhao S, Zhang XH, Chan KP, Guo F, Lee RSY, Qiu YL, Tian LW. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter and dementia incidence: A cohort study in Hong Kong. Environmental Pollution 2021; 271(2021):116303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116303
  10. Yang P, Lin BG, Zhou B, Cao WC, Chen PP, Deng YL, Hou J, Sun SZ, Zheng TZ, Lu WQ, Cheng LM, Zeng WJ, Zeng Q. Sex-specific associations of prenatal exposure to bisphenol A and its alternatives with fetal growth parameters and gestational age. Environment International 2021; 146(2021): 106305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.106305.
  11. Ran JJ, Kioumourtzoglou M, Sun SZ, Han LF, Zhao S, Zhu W, Li JH, Tian LW. Source-specific Volatile Organic Compounds and Emergency Hospital Admissions for Cardiorespiratory Diseases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17: 6210. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176210
  12. Ran JJ, Sun SZ, Han LF, Zhao S, Chen DY, Guo F, Li JH, Qiu H, Lei YJ, Tian LW. Fine particulate matter and cause-specific mortality in the Hong Kong elderly patients with chronic kidney disease. Chemosphere 2020; 247: 125913. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.125913
  13. Ran JJ, Yang AM, Sun SZ, Han LF, Qiu H, Mason TG, Li JH, Yang Y, Chan KP, Tian L. Long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and mortality of renal failure: A retrospective cohort study in Hong Kong. American Journal of Epidemiology 2020; 189 (6): 602-612. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwz282
  14. Chen D, Mayvaneh F, Baaghideh M, Entezari A, Ho HC, Xiang Q, Jiao A, Zhang F, Hu K, Chen G, Zhao Q, Sun SZ, Ma L, Zhang Y. Utilizing daily excess concentration hours to estimate cardiovascular mortality and years of life lost attributable to fine particulate matter in Tehran, Iran. Science of the Total Environment 2020; 703: 134909. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134909
  15. Zhang YQ, Xiang QQ, Yu CH, Bao JZ, Ho HC, Sun SZ, Ding Z, Hu KJ, Zhang L. Mortality risk and burden associated with temperature variability in China, United Kingdom and United States: Comparative analysis of daily and hourly exposure metrics. Environmental Research 2019; 179: 108771. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108771
  16. Cao WN, Wong HG, Mo PKH, Sun SZ, Hu YHJ. Mental health problems of female spouses of men living with HIV in Sichuan, China: A qualitative study Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 2020; 31(5):526-534. 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000104
  17. Lin HL, Guo YF, Ruan ZL, Yang Y, Chen YB, Zheng Y, Cummings-Vaughn LA, Rigdon SE, Vaughn MG, Sun SZ, Zhang LL, Wang XJ, Qian ZM, Wu F. Ambient PM2.5 and O3 and their combined effects on prevalence of presbyopia among the elderly: A cross-sectional study in six low- and middle-income countries. Science of The Total Environment 2019; 655: 168-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.239
  18. Tonya GM, Chan KP, Schooling MC, Sun SZ, Yang AM, Yang Y, Benjamin B, Tian L. Air quality changes after Hong Kong shipping emission policy: An accountability study. Chemosphere 2019; 226: 616-624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.03.173
  19. Ran JJ, Sun SZ, Yang AM, Yang L, Han LF, Mason TG, Chan KP, Li JH, Tian LW. Effects of ambient benzene and toluene on emergency COPD hospitalizations: a time series study in Hong Kong. Science of The Total Environment 2018; 657: 28-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.015
  20. Dai YR, Qiu H, Sun SZ, Yang Y, Lin HL, Tian L. Age-dependent effect of ambient ozone on emergency asthma hospitalizations in Hong Kong. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2018; 141(4): 1532-1534. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2018.01.006
  21. Qiu H, Schooling CM, Sun SZ, Tsang H, Tang R, Yang Y, Wong CM, Lee RSY, Tian L. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution and Type 2 diabetes mellitus in elderly: a cohort study in Hong Kong. Environment International 2018; 113: 350-356. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.01.008
  22. Yang Y, Pun V, Sun SZ, Lin HL, Mason TG, Qiu H. Particulate matter components and Health: a literature review on exposure assessment. Journal of Public Health and Emergency 2018: 2:14. 10.21037/jphe.2018.03.03
  23. Ran JJ, Qiu H, Sun SZ, Tian L. Short-term effects of ambient TEX (toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene combined) on cardiorespiratory mortality in Hong Kong. Environment International 2018; 117: 91-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.049
  24. Ran JJ, Qiu H, Sun SZ, Yang AM, Tian L. Are ambient volatile organic compounds environmental stressors for heart failure? Environmental Pollution 2018; 242: 1810-1816. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.07.086
  25. Qiu H, Sun SZ, Tsang, H, Wong CM, Lee RSY, Schooling CM, Tian L. Fine particulate matter exposure and incidence of stroke: A cohort study in Hong Kong. Neurology 2017; 88: 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000003903
  26. Tian L, Qiu H, Sun SZ, Tsang H, Chan KP, Leung WK. Association between Emergency admission for peptic ulcer bleeding and air pollution: A case-crossover analysis in Hong Kong Elderly population. The Lancet Planetary Health 2017; 1: e74-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30021-9
  27. Tian L, Sun SZ. Comparison of health impact of air pollution between China and other countries. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 2017; 1017:215-232. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5657-4_9
  28. Li J, Sun SZ, Tang R, Qiu H, Huang Q, Mason GM, Tian L. Major air pollutants and COPD: A Systematic review and Meta-analysis. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2016; 11(1): 3079-3091. https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S122282
  29. Tian L, Qiu H, Sun SZ, Lin H. Emergency cardiovascular hospitalizations risk attributable to cold temperatures in Hong Kong. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2016; 9(2): 135-142. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.115.002410

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