Sam U. Ho, MD

Sam U. Ho, MD

4.8 
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Primary Specialty

Neurology

Secondary Specialty

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Practice Focus Areas

Education

Medical Education:
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - 1973
Internship:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1974
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1977

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Clinical Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Physician Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.8
4.8 

500 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

August 30, 2021

5.0

He is the best.

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August 29, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho is a very good Neurologist. He is very through and very understanding of my condition. So thankful.

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August 28, 2021

5.0

Been a patient for many years; impressed by Dr' Ho's knowledge and manner with patients.

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August 27, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manor and very knowledgeable.

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August 23, 2021

5.0

He's direct, no-nonsense, and accurate.

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August 20, 2021

5.0

Very caring doctor

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August 16, 2021

5.0

Very easy to talk to

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August 11, 2021

5.0

From arrival check in to the exam by Dr.Ho’s nurse ( who is superb) and examination by Dir.Ho I was well cared for.. Dr Ho is a superb neurologist. I highly recommend him. He is extremely competent, and excellent communicator with great attention to detail. After a complete review of my history and very thorough exam I felt very relieved as he reviewed my case and symptoms. NMH is a training hospital. A young doctor who is training with Dr Ho interviewed me before I saw Dr Ho. He too is superb. . I was amazed at his ability to absorb and remember each detail I told him relating to my history, and symptoms as he reviewed my case with Dr Ho. I feel very fortunate to have this team caring for me.

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August 10, 2021

5.0

excellent

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August 06, 2021

5.0

He is very thorough and thoughtful

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August 04, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is a smart and wonderful doctor who cares about the total individual. I have gone to him for many years.

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August 02, 2021

0.0

I felt he was talking over me and made me feel as though I didn’t know what I was feeling

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Sam Ho spent plenty of time with me, He is an outstanding and thorough physician. He made an extra effort to see me as early as possible (0730am). He even called me on Sunday to verify the apt. Northwestern is very lucky to have him on staff.

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July 28, 2021

5.0

He listens and works with me to get my migraines under control he listens and answers my questions

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July 28, 2021

5.0

He did not operate a long long time ago when I herniated two discs in my neck, rather he advised I wear a brace for a time and change my lifestyle, e.g., not lift heavy objects, light purse, roll bag rather than heavy briefcase full of legal documents back and forth on my commute, watch my posture, physical therapy, squat rather then bend over when gardening, etc. He also taught me pain can be my friend - stop and evaluate what you are doing and change how you are doing it. He also taught me the signs that were serious, e.g., tingling, loss of feeling, etc., so I know when to return so I do not harm myself. I will be forever grateful. I am so much better off because of Dr. Ho's treatment of me over the years - carpel tunnel, neck discs lumber spine issues, e.g, a friend with the same type of neck issues, but a doctor who fused discs, now has all the bad that Dr. Ho warned be might happen if I had an operation rather than doing the hard work of changing and periodic physical therapy. Dr. Ho sending me to Shirley Ryan is another big reason - they worked miracles with my neck!

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July 23, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho, is a wonderful and an incredibly knowledgeable physician. He started my appointment referencing my previous neurological issues and was very reassuring after reviewing my latest brain scan. Love having him as my doctor.

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July 20, 2021

5.0

He is a very good person that I feel very comfortable to open up and talk to. Gives me adequate advice makes me feel wanting to change bad habits and to do better.

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July 19, 2021

5.0

Good doctor

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July 13, 2021

5.0

Great bed side manner. Very patient focused. Excellent clinician.

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July 12, 2021

5.0

He is one the best diagnosticians I know and am lucky to have him as my dr.

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July 09, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is a wonderful practitioner. He’s patient, compassionate, and accessible for his patients, on top of being an expert in his field.

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July 08, 2021

5.0

Excellent practitioner, very well informed, courteous and witty.

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July 07, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner

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June 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is very thorough. He is kind and diligent.

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June 23, 2021

5.0

He has successfully treated my migraines and vertigo, is very thorough, as well as nice He really listens....and responds promptly to email communication.

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June 22, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho is the very best.

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June 21, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho was absolutely fantastic. I already have recommended him to a friend. He asked excellent questions to help me best articulate my medical issues, and was patient when doing so to ensure he had the best description to understand my issues. He was thorough in diagnosing, and took the time to clearly explain the diagnosis in a very easy way to understand. He also had a student with him for my visit and I also was impressed by his approach to teaching, so it was a great experience overall.

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June 21, 2021

5.0

Was very honest and gave me a lot to think about

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June 17, 2021

5.0

He is a great doctor that shows he really cares.

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June 17, 2021

5.0

Great doctor, patient centered approach, good listener and explains everything that comes up clearly.

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June 11, 2021

5.0

Considerate doctor

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June 09, 2021

5.0

Very through. Explanations clear. Very professional. Coveys a sense of confidence that makes one at ease

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June 04, 2021

5.0

Dr. Sam Ho is prepared for the appointment, shows genuine care, and will take as much time answering questions as needed. Most importantly, he has helped me with headaches which no one else has done for decades.

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May 27, 2021

5.0

Very personable, respectful, and attentive.

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May 26, 2021

5.0

Trust, been a patient for over 20 years

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May 24, 2021

4.0

Had a much better visit with him than previously!

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May 19, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho is extremely competent and attentive and accommodating. I would be lost without his kind and competent care. He is dedicated

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May 17, 2021

5.0

He listens and answers my many questions

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May 17, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner and very knowledgeable

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May 14, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, reputation, conservative treatment, kindness and remembers me. Past successful treatments.

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May 14, 2021

5.0

Because he is a good doctor. I was treated by another neurologist before but I forget why I was unable to set up an appointment with him this time around.

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May 07, 2021

5.0

He was pleasant and seemed to know what he was talking about.

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May 06, 2021

5.0

Trustworthy

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May 04, 2021

5.0

He listens

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May 04, 2021

5.0

Thorough, knowledgeable, caring, smart and personable.

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May 02, 2021

5.0

His virtual bedside manner was compassionate and professional.

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May 01, 2021

5.0

Exam was complete

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April 29, 2021

5.0

He did a thorough exam and explained everything very well. He was also very pleasant and easy to speak with.

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April 29, 2021

5.0

ease of appointment, time spent, bedside manner, sense of humor

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April 28, 2021

5.0

He identified ways to address my symptoms. He was thorough and knowledgeable.

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April 20, 2021

5.0

Very friendly

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April 20, 2021

5.0

Let more people get the best treatment

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April 19, 2021

5.0

he is interested and cares for patients

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April 16, 2021

5.0

Excellent visit. More informative and left me feeling positive/happy and more empowered than I ever could have hoped!

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April 09, 2021

5.0

He is personable and caring about the whole person, not just their condition. He is effective and efficient, he respects the patients concerns and their time.

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April 09, 2021

5.0

He is a complete professional and I would not go to anyone else. He is compassionate and caring and trust in his knowledge, advice and service.

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April 08, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable about his specialty, as well as versed in my personal medical history before my appointments.

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April 08, 2021

5.0

The doctor was very polite & professional

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March 30, 2021

5.0

I think he’s knowledgeable and caring

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March 29, 2021

5.0

He was very friendly and kind. Communicates and discusses the issue at hand thoroughly and makes sure plan of care is understood.

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March 26, 2021

4.0

Dr. Ho is very kind and understands my concerns and wants to alleviate my fears. I came to him for his expert recommendation. More has happened since my appointment at Rush and I am not sure all of it is taken in to account with my family history. Concrete answers to my questions would be helpful. (It is my fault that the questions came to me after the appointment.) I don't want to use contrast unless it is truly needed to gather information we are concerned about. I saw my mother suffer a lot and am concerned that sometimes there is too much testing (at health and financial costs) and also not enough, at times even when someone has great insurance. I totally respect decisions by the high level medical doctors who have worked very hard in their field, like Dr. Ho. I think they should definitely order what they would want for themselves if the tables were turned. I learned about the risks of contrast, although small, there seems to be some unknowns. More and more people are turning away from too much medical testing because there can be lasting issues. It is great that you get to have amazing diagnostic tools but the long term effects should always be taken seriously. I know you use it all the time but even without kidney issues or allergy, there can be a residue left in the body/brain? I am not from a great family history and stuff like that make me concerned. I respect his opinion but am not sure I understand what his true opinion is. Will a non-contrast show all that we need to be sure of and if there is something more needed we could do contrast after that first one is looked at or in his expert and impartial opinion, should I get contrast now--- after really looking at my concerns and not just notes and tests from long before I had all my symptoms come up? Honestly, he is fine, I just failed to think fast enough and many of these questions came up afterward- I wonder if my timeline was not clear also.

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March 24, 2021

5.0

He was thorough, knowledgeable and kind. I was very pleased.

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March 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. are always try to explain to me everything so that can understand.

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March 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is a compassionate caring and a very good listener. He makes you feel at ease and answers all your questions. He doesn’t forget anything that you have discussed in the past and makes sure before you leave your appointment you are comfortable.

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March 22, 2021

5.0

Great conversation with the doctor

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March 19, 2021

5.0

I like him and the way he works with me

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March 17, 2021

5.0

Dr. How was attentive and listened. I didn't have to remind him who I was and what my case was. I felt comfortable expressing my concerns.

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March 16, 2021

5.0

Thanks for your help and support 🙂🙂 the receptionist was very good very friendly and he gets me so fast to check in and check out for next oputement

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March 15, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho as well as Patrick were truly amazing. He provided me a lot of insight into my situation and explained things in a matter for me to understand. He was very detailed in his exam even virtually and was open to answer any questions I had.

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March 08, 2021

5.0

I trust him and his team. They're giving my son excellent care.

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March 07, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho is great. He listens and answers all my questions without feeling rushed.

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March 06, 2021

0.0

Dr. Ho, had no true curiosity about my symptoms and sort of made fun of me for what I was experiencing. I left embarrassed and sad.

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February 27, 2021

5.0

Easy to get in touch with his staff when question arise.

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February 24, 2021

5.0

He answered all my questions and he was thorough in my examination

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Pragmatic approach

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February 22, 2021

4.0

I liked that he was clear and compassionate, and I felt like he listened to me.

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February 19, 2021

5.0

Dr.Ho listened to my concerns and we talked and came up with a plan for my medications and further testing to get me feeling better.

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February 16, 2021

5.0

He is very competent and personable.

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February 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho truly cares for his patients and their well being. He follows up, replies quickly to mychart messages, and asks questions to truly understand a patient’s experience.

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February 15, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho have extensive knowledge and very thorough. He spend a lot of time with me as needed.

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February 12, 2021

5.0

I thought that Dr. Ho was outstanding! He researched my background through my chart before I came. He gave me a very thorough examination and made clear and very direct recommendations. In addition he was easy to talk to, was charming and had a good sense of humor which is always appreciated.

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February 08, 2021

5.0

I have been a patient of Dr. Ho for 11 years. I've always received the best of care and feel as though he takes a real interest in his patients.

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February 05, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is very thorough in his exam. Asking all the right questions and is very patient and interested in you.

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February 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho was very thorough even for a video visit. His medical student, Rosh, was excellent as well. Dr. Ho put my mind at ease and gave me confidence that I was in better shape than I initially thought. He was very patient and kind and knowledgeable!

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February 02, 2021

5.0

Both my wife and myself have seen Dr. Ho for the last 20 years and he has consistently treated us considering our whole health picture not just our neurological problems. We consider him an excellent physician and wish more doctors were as professional and thorough as he is.

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February 02, 2021

5.0

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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January 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ho is awesome

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January 25, 2021

5.0

Personable, committed, knowledgeable. Met him once and trust him completely.

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January 22, 2021

5.0

Dr Ho is a competent doctor that is easy to talk to and answered my questions.

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January 21, 2021

4.0

Excellent

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January 05, 2021

0.0

While not unkind, condescending and dismissive

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December 26, 2020

5.0

very pleased with care.

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December 23, 2020

5.0

Dr Ho is simply the Best he's not only listens but he allows you time to talk and he understands completely and he talks to you frankly!

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December 21, 2020

2.0

Nice doctor but I did not feel listened to. Seemed very dated practice compared to recent research on safe medication while trying to conceive (ie Zofran). Implied that me, a women going through infertility treatments "wouldn't know when I was pregnant." Did not want to brainstorm additional alternative meds outside of Imitrex (my previous doctors gave me three med options) & when asked what to do if in crisis again with a 2 week migraine was unable to provide any alternative options to Tylenol & Imitrex (so I guess Ill go to the ED??!). Overall the provider is OK for me but I would never recommend to someone who is new to migraines as did not feel like a true partner my concerns.

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December 21, 2020

5.0

He is excellent! Very thorough. A little old-fashioned on sleep hygiene though, not everyone is the same and sleep can be complicated by other factors like grief. I don't even remember not having insomnia. My "tv" is my computer I watch in bed that turns amber at 4:30 pm. Ever since I physically stand up since getting Fibromyalgia, it can immediately make me wide awake all over again, so getting up from watching a blue lit tv in the living room can be riskier.

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December 19, 2020

5.0

He is a very smart and capable doctor who listens and often offers helpful advice.

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December 17, 2020

5.0

Good listener, asks many questions before giving opinions or instructions. Observes my movements and physical responses. No consult or exam is rushed.

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November 12, 2020

5.0

I felt very informed & Dr. Ho answered all my questions at great length. I felt very comfortable discussing my concerns.

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November 12, 2020

5.0

Dr. Ho & his staff were great about my questions & concerns. He was very good about asking my medical history & then explaining my diagnosis!

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November 11, 2020

5.0

Dr Ho is knowledgeable and was able to diagnose and treat a problem I've been having for a long time, in a very short time... The intervention he recommended has continued to work. I'm very grateful and happy with the level of care I've had.

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