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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) 353-1312
Cardiac Surgery Program
400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 501, Box 0118
San Francisco, California 94143
Fax: 415-353-1312
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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
  • Vietnamese

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, septal myectomies for HOCM, 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 dad of two beautiful daughters.

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. Hemmati P, Nguyen TC, Dearani JA. Ergonomics for Surgeons by Surgeons-Posture, Loupes, and Exercise. JAMA Surg. 2022 09 01; 157(9):751-752. View in PubMed
  2. Wisneski AD, Wang Y, Cutugno S, Pasta S, Stroh A, Yao J, Nguyen TC, Mahadevan VS, Guccione JM. Left Ventricle Biomechanics of Low-Flow, Low-Gradient Aortic Stenosis: A Patient-Specific Computational Model. Front Physiol. 2022; 13:848011. View in PubMed
  3. Wisneski AD, Nguyen TC. Myocardial Protection in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: Evolved Techniques for the New Era of Cardiac Surgery. Innovations (Phila). 2022 Mar-Apr; 17(2):88-91. View in PubMed
  4. Pizano A, Riojas R, Ailawadi G, Smith RL, George T, Gerdisch MW, Di Eusanio M, Castillo-Sang M, Ramlawi B, Rodriguez E, Morse MA, Doolabh NS, Jessen ME, Wei L, Chu MWA, Berretta P, Cura Stura E, Salizzoni S, Rinaldi M, Kaneko T, Tang GHL, Chikwe J, Roach A, Trento A, Badhwar V, Nguyen TC. Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery After Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair. Innovations (Phila). 2022 Jan-Feb; 17(1):42-49. View in PubMed
  5. Thourani VH, Brennan JM, Edelman JJ, Thibault D, Jawitz OK, Bavaria JE, Higgins RSD, Sabik JF, Prager RL, Dearani JA, MacGillivray TE, Badhwar V, Svensson LG, Reardon MJ, Shahian DM, Jacobs JP, Ailawadi G, Szeto WY, Desai N, Roselli EE, Woo YJ, Vemulapalli S, Carroll JD, Yadav P, Malaisrie SC, Russo M, Nguyen TC, Kaneko T, Tang G, Ruel M, Chikwe J, Lee R, Habib RH, George I, Leon MB, Mack MJ. Association of Volume and Outcomes in 234 556 Patients Undergoing Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Oct; 114(4):1299-1306. View in PubMed
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