University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Tung T. Nguyen, MD

Tung T. Nguyen, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF; Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Stephen J. McPhee MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control | Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). I am a practicing general internist with a large panel of Asian American patients and teach students and medical residents about medicine, health disparities, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). I have conducted CBPR and intervention research with Asian American populations including Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans on cancer control, tobacco control, hepatitis B and C screening, nutrition and physical activity, and end-of-life care.

I am Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH; www.asianarch.org), which has over 40 individual and organizational members dedicated to improving the health of Asian Americans. I am also the Co-Director of the UCSF Multi-Ethnic Health Equity Center (MERC; http://dgim.ucsf.edu/diversity/) , UCSF Dean’s Diversity Leader (http://medschool.ucsf.edu/deans-diversity-leaders) and formerly a Principal Investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART; http://www.aancart.org/), a National Center funded by the National Cancer Institute to address cancer disparities from 2000 to 2016. Through these roles, I have addressed health disparities through research, training, and community outreach. At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, I am Program Co-Leader of the Cancer Control Program (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/research/programs/cancer-control/) and a Steering Committee member of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF-CAN; http://www.sfcancer.org/), an innovative effort to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality across an entire city. I lead the SF-CAN’s Liver Cancer Task Force (http://www.sfcancer.org/liver-cancer). I served as a Commissioner on President Barak Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2014 and as the Chair of the Commission from 2014 to 2017.

Education

Harvard University, B.A., 1986, Philosophy
Stanford University, M.D., 1991, Medicine
Stanford University, 1990, Health Services Research
University California, San Francisco, 1994, Residency, Medicine


Professional Experience

  • 1994-1997
    Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
  • 1997-2003
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-2009
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 2009
    University Community Partnership Research Award, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Mukhtar NA, Kathpalia P, Hilton JF, Lau G, Yu A, Grumbach K, Nguyen TT, Chan D, Khalili M. Provider, Patient, and Practice Factors Shape Hepatitis B Prevention and Management by Primary Care Providers. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Aug; 51(7):626-631.
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  2. Chu JN, Le PV, Kennedy CJ, McPhee SJ, Wong C, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. Factors Associated with Hepatitis B Knowledge Among Vietnamese Americans: A Population-Based Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Aug; 19(4):801-808.
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  3. Jo AM, Nguyen TT, Stewart S, Sung MJ, Gildengorin G, Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Lo P, Cuaresma C, Sy A, Lam H, Wong C, Jeong M, Chen MS, Kagawa-Singer M. Lay health educators and print materials for the promotion of colorectal cancer screening among Korean Americans: A randomized comparative effectiveness study. Cancer. 2017 Jul 15; 123(14):2705-2715.
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  4. Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Woo K, Stewart SL, Le GM, Burke A, Gildengorin G, Pasick RJ, Wang J, Chan E, Fung LC, Jih J, McPhee SJ. Colorectal Cancer Screening and Chinese Americans: Efficacy of Lay Health Worker Outreach and Print Materials. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Mar; 52(3):e67-e76.
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  5. Stewart SL, Kwong SL, Bowlus CL, Nguyen TT, Maxwell AE, Bastani R, Chak EW, Chen MS. Racial/ethnic disparities in hepatocellular carcinoma treatment and survival in California, 1988-2012. World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Oct 14; 22(38):8584-8595.
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  6. Tong EK, Nguyen TT, Lo P, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Kagawa-Singer ML, Sy AU, Cuaresma C, Lam HT, Wong C, Tran MT, Chen MS. Lay health educators increase colorectal cancer screening among Hmong Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2017 Jan 01; 123(1):98-106.
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  7. Tsoh JY, Sentell T, Gildengorin G, Le GM, Chan E, Fung LC, Pasick RJ, Stewart S, Wong C, Woo K, Burke A, Wang J, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. Healthcare Communication Barriers and Self-Rated Health in Older Chinese American Immigrants. J Community Health. 2016 Aug; 41(4):741-52.
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  8. Jih J, Le G, Woo K, Tsoh JY, Stewart S, Gildengorin G, Burke A, Wong C, Chan E, Fung LC, Yu F, Pasick R, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. Educational Interventions to Promote Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Among Older Chinese Americans: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun; 106(6):1092-8.
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  9. Petersen AB, Tsoh JY, Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Burke NJ. Suffering in Silence: Impact of Tobacco Use on Communication Dynamics Within Vietnamese and Chinese Immigrant Families. J Fam Nurs. 2015 Dec 29.
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  10. Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Narine S, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Nguyen T, Leykin Y, Roach M, Small EJ. Knowledge and attitudes regarding clinical trials and willingness to participate among prostate cancer patients. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):443-448.
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  11. Nguyen BH, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT, Bui-Tong N, McPhee SJ. Effectiveness of Lay Health Worker Outreach in Reducing Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening in Vietnamese Americans. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105(10):2083-9.
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  12. Tsoh JY, Burke NJ, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen A, Chan JL, Sun A, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. A Social Network Family-Focused Intervention to Promote Smoking Cessation in Chinese and Vietnamese American Male Smokers: A Feasibility Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Aug; 17(8):1029-38.
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  13. Bastani R, Glenn BA, Maxwell AE, Jo AM, Herrmann AK, Crespi CM, Wong WK, Chang LC, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT, Chen MS, Taylor VM. Cluster-Randomized Trial to Increase Hepatitis B Testing among Koreans in Los Angeles. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Sep; 24(9):1341-9.
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  14. Nguyen BH, Nguyen CP, McPhee SJ, Stewart SL, Bui-Tong N, Nguyen TT. Cognitive Interviews of Vietnamese Americans on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Health Educational Materials. Ecol Food Nutr. 2015; 54(5):455-69.
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  15. Wang J, Burke A, Tsoh JY, Le GM, Stewart S, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Chow E, Woo K, Nguyen TT. Engaging traditional medicine providers in colorectal cancer screening education in a chinese american community: a pilot study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Dec 11; 11:E217.
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  16. Nguyen TT. Cancer in Asian American and Pacific Islander populations: linking research and policy to identify and reduce disparities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Nov; 23(11):2206-7.
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  17. Mukhtar NA, Toy BC, Burman BE, Yu A, Chen AH, Berman P, Nguyen T, Chan D, Hammer H, McCulloch CE, Khalili M. Assessment of HBV preventive services in a medically underserved Asian and Pacific Islander population using provider and patient data. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jan; 30(1):68-74.
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  18. Maxwell AE, Bastani R, Glenn BA, Taylor VM, Nguyen TT, Stewart SL, Burke NJ, Chen MS. Developing theoretically based and culturally appropriate interventions to promote hepatitis B testing in 4 Asian American populations, 2006-2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 May 01; 11:E72.
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  19. Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Tseng W, Kanaya AM. Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans. Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 65:1-6.
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  20. Tsang IK, Tsoh JY, Wong C, Le K, Cheng JW, Nguyen AN, Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Burke NJ. Understanding and use of nicotine replacement therapy and nonpharmacologic smoking cessation strategies among Chinese and Vietnamese smokers and their families. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Feb 20; 11:E26.
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