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Tom C. Nguyen, M.D., FACS, FACC

Tom C. Nguyen, M.D., FACS, FACC

Professor of Surgery
Chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Heart Surgeon
Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Co-Director, Heart and Vascular Center

Contact Information

Academic Office:
500 Parnassus Ave, MUW 405, Box 0118
San Francisco, CA 94143
tel: (415) 353 8195
fax:(415) 353-4716
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The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Doctor of Medicine

Rice University, Houston, Texas, Economics and Asian Studies (Honors), Bachelors or Arts

  • Chief Resident, General Surgery, Stanford Department of General Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • Residency, General Surgery, Stanford Department of General Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • Internship, General Surgery, Stanford Department of General Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Columba University, New York, New York
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford, University, Stanford, California
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Surgical Education
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Structural Heart Disease

Dr. Tom C. Nguyen, Professor and Chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, is an internationally recognized heart surgeon with expertise in performing complex heart operations through the smallest possible incision. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive mitral, aortic, atrial septal defect (ASD) closures, and robotic heart surgery. He is also an expert in transcatheter procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip, performing more than 2,400 implants.

Nguyen strives every day to deserve the privilege of practicing medicine and is committed to treating patients like family. Born to immigrant parents during the Vietnam War, he developed perseverance and empathy, and brings these qualities as well as patient advocacy to his practice. Undergoing cardiac surgery can be daunting, but he wants to assure patients regarding his availability, commitment to excellence, communication and quality care.

Nguyen earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his general surgery training at Stanford University, he was selected as intern of the year. He completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia University as well as a fellowship in TAVR at Emory University School of Medicine.

Teaching is Nguyen's passion and he has received teaching awards from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, American College of Surgeons and Benjy Brooks Foundation for Children. He has made a lifelong commitment to service and education at home and abroad. He regularly teaches and volunteers as a surgeon in Africa, Europe and Asia. While at Stanford, he volunteered as a surgeon for six weeks in Asmara, Eritrea. He serves as an examiner for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) and as section editor for an online educational tool called Self-Education, Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS). He is the Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor of Surgery in the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Nguyen is married to Dr. Gina Landinez, an interventional radiologist at UCSF, and is a proud first-time dad.

Nguyen leads research trials on treatments for valvular heart disease, including minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on landmark trials exploring transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacements. His other research interests include structural heart disease and surgical education.

Nguyen serves on the editorial board for four academic journals and is editor of several textbooks on surgery. He has presented more than 200 abstracts at professional meetings and published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. Before turning 40, he received the Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award as well as its Healthcare Heroes Award. He also was awarded first place in the American College of Cardiology's Section Awards for his work in co-editing a handbook on transcatheter therapies. He appreciates that success is not his own doing, but comes in large part from the support of countless mentors and advocates, and serendipity. He aspires to do the same for others.

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  1. Perri JL, Nguyen TC. Commentary: Cardiac Surgery Cannot Wait in the Wings - The Show Must Go On. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Mar 01. View in PubMed
  2. Training the trainee in structural heart disease: A need for change. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Feb 16. View in PubMed
  3. Luc JGY, Nguyen TC, Antonoff MB. The Safety of Tomorrow's Patients Relies on the Education of Today's Residents. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 10. View in PubMed
  4. Thourani VH, Edelman JJ, Holmes SD, Nguyen TC, Carroll J, Mack MJ, Kapadia S, Tang GHL, Kodali S, Kaneko T, Meduri CU, Forcillo J, Ferdinand FD, Fontana G, Suwalski P, Kiaii B, Balkhy H, Kempfert J, Cheung A, Borger MA, Reardon M, Leon MB, Popma JJ, Ad N. The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Expert Consensus Statement on Transcatheter and Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Low- and Intermediate-Risk Patients: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized and Propensity-Matched Studies. Innovations (Phila). 2021 Jan 25; 1556984520978316. View in PubMed
  5. Commentary: Cardiothoracic surgery training: Global challenges without universal solutions. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Jan 20. View in PubMed
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