Research Summary

Dr. Nguyen is the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A general internist with a panel of diverse patients, Dr. Nguyen teaches medical students and residents about medicine, health disparities, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). He has conducted CBPR and intervention research with diverse 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.

Dr. Nguyen is the UCSF Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA and also the Director of the UCSF CTSI Research Action Group for Equity (RAGE) Program, which aims to increase diversity among UCSF research participants.

At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Nguyen is CoLeader of the Cancer Control Program (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/research/programs/cancer-control/) and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).

Dr. Nguyen is 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.

Through these roles, Dr. Nguyen has addressed health disparities and health equity through research, training, and community engagement.

Dr. Nguyen served as a Commissioner on President Barack 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.

Research Funding

  • July 18, 2016 - June 30, 2026 - Clinical and Translational Science Institute , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: UL1TR001872
  • September 15, 2020 - May 31, 2025 - Access and use of long-term services and supports for older adults living alone with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from four racial/ethnic groups , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01AG069147
  • September 26, 2014 - June 30, 2024 - SF BUILD: Enabling full representation in science , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: TL4GM118986
  • September 26, 2014 - June 30, 2024 - SF BUILD: Enabling full representation in science , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: RL5GM118984

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

Honors & Awards

  • 2009
    University Community Partnership Research Award, UCSF
  • 2019
    Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership

Selected Publications

  1. Wang K, Ma C, Li FM, Truong A, Shariff-Marco S, Chu JN, Oh DL, Allen L, Kuo MC, Wong C, Bui H, Chen J, Gomez SL, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Patient-reported supportive care needs among Asian American cancer patients. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Nov; 30(11):9163-9170.  View on PubMed
  2. Chu JN, Nguyen TT, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. Exploring factors associated with hepatitis B screening in a multilingual and diverse population. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Apr 11; 22(1):479.  View on PubMed
  3. Khalili M, Kim NJ, Tsoh JY, Walsh JME, Goldman LE, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Tran MT, Yu E, Sharp MT, LeTran VH, Nguyen VV, Nguyen TT. Health Within Reach-a Patient-Centered Intervention to Increase Hepatitis B Screening Among Asian Americans: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 10; 37(13):3242-3250.  View on PubMed
  4. Kanaya AM, Hsing AW, Panapasa SV, Kandula NR, Araneta MRG, Shimbo D, Wang P, Gomez SL, Lee J, Narayan KMV, Mau MKLM, Bose S, Daviglus ML, Hu FB, Islam N, Jackson CL, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kauwe JSK, Liu S, Ma GX, Nguyen T, Palaniappan L, Setiawan VW, Trinh-Shevrin C, Tsoh JY, Vaidya D, Vickrey B, Wang TJ, Wong ND, Coady S, Hong Y. Knowledge Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities in Health and Prevention Research for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: A Report From the 2021 National Institutes of Health Workshop. Ann Intern Med. 2022 04; 175(4):574-589.  View on PubMed
  5. Yan BW, Hwang AL, Ng F, Chu JN, Tsoh JY, Nguyen TT. Death Toll of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Disparities Revealed. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 11; 36(11):3545-3549.  View on PubMed
  6. Chen YH, Glymour MM, Catalano R, Fernandez A, Nguyen T, Kushel M, Bibbins-Domingo K. Excess Mortality in California During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, March to August 2020. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 05 01; 181(5):705-707.  View on PubMed
  7. Jih J, Stewart SL, Luong TN, Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Nguyen BH. A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of a Lay Health Worker Intervention to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Among Vietnamese Americans. Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 04 30; 17:E33.  View on PubMed
  8. Burke NJ, Phung K, Yu F, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen I, Nguyen L, Guan A, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Unpacking the 'black box' of lay health worker processes in a US-based intervention. Health Promot Int. 2020 02 01; 35(1):173.  View on PubMed
  9. Rivadeneira NA, Hoskote M, Le GM, Nguyen TT, Nápoles AM, Pasick RJ, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA. Advancing Cancer Control in San Francisco: Cancer Screening in Under-Represented Populations. Am J Prev Med. 2020 01; 58(1):e1-e9.  View on PubMed
  10. Jih J, Nguyen TT, Jin C, Seligman H, Boscardin WJ, Ritchie CS. Food Insecurity Is Associated with Behavioral Health Diagnosis Among Older Primary Care Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 12; 35(12):3726-3729.  View on PubMed
  11. Chu JN, Stewart SL, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Lam H, McPhee SJ, Chen MS, Bastani R, Maxwell AE, Taylor VM, Nguyen TT. Effect of a media intervention on hepatitis B screening among Vietnamese Americans. Ethn Health. 2022 02; 27(2):361-374.  View on PubMed
  12. Wallerstein N, Muhammad M, Sanchez-Youngman S, Rodriguez Espinosa P, Avila M, Baker EA, Barnett S, Belone L, Golub M, Lucero J, Mahdi I, Noyes E, Nguyen T, Roubideaux Y, Sigo R, Duran B. Power Dynamics in Community-Based Participatory Research: A Multiple-Case Study Analysis of Partnering Contexts, Histories, and Practices. Health Educ Behav. 2019 10; 46(1_suppl):19S-32S.  View on PubMed
  13. Tan JYR, Nguyen TT, Tabrisky A, Siedle-Khan R, Napoles AM. Mobile Technology for Healthy Aging Among Older HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Qualitative Study. JMIR Aging. 2018 Dec 10; 1(2):e11723.  View on PubMed
  14. Jih J, Nguyen MP, Ly I, Tsoh JY, Le GM, Woo K, Chan E, Gildengorin G, Stewart SL, Burke A, Pasick R, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. The Role of Physician Recommendation in Colorectal Cancer Screening Receipt Among Immigrant Chinese Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Dec; 20(6):1483-1489.  View on PubMed
  15. Tsoh JY, Quach T, Duong TB, Sa Nan Park E, Wong C, Huang SM, Nguyen TT. Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) to Promote Patient-Provider Discussion on Tobacco Use among Asian American Patients in Primary Care: A Pilot Study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 31(6):869-880.  View on PubMed
  16. Quach T, Von Behren J, Tsoh J, Reynolds P, Fu L, Nguyen T, Le M, Nguyen TT. Improving the knowledge and behavior of workplace chemical exposures in Vietnamese-American nail salon workers: a randomized controlled trial. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 Nov; 91(8):1041-1050.  View on PubMed
  17. Oetzel JG, Wallerstein N, Duran B, Sanchez-Youngman S, Nguyen T, Woo K, Wang J, Schulz A, Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula J, Israel B, Alegria M. Impact of Participatory Health Research: A Test of the Community-Based Participatory Research Conceptual Model. Biomed Res Int. 2018; 2018:7281405.  View on PubMed
  18. Sun A, Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Cheng J, Chow EA, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. A physician-initiated intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening in Chinese patients. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1568-1575.  View on PubMed
  19. Tran MT, Jeong MB, Nguyen VV, Sharp MT, Yu EP, Yu F, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Tsoh JY, Gildengorin GL, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT. Colorectal cancer beliefs, knowledge, and screening among Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1552-1559.  View on PubMed
  20. Tsoh JY, Tong EK, Sy AU, Stewart SL, Gildengorin GL, Nguyen TT. Knowledge of colorectal cancer screening guidelines and intention to obtain screening among nonadherent Filipino, Hmong, and Korean Americans. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1560-1567.  View on PubMed

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