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.

At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Nguyen is Leader of the Cancer Control Program (http://cancer.ucsf.edu/research/programs/cancer-control/), 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, and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, he is Leader of the Integrating Special Populations Core.

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. He is also 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, Dr. Nguyen has addressed health disparities and health equity through research, training, and community outreach.

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 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
  • September 26, 2014 - June 30, 2024 - SF BUILD: Enabling full representation in science , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: UL1GM118985

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. 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
  2. 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 Jan 06.  View on PubMed
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 Feb; 27(2):361-374.  View on PubMed
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Cuaresma CF, Sy AU, Nguyen TT, Ho RCS, Gildengorin GL, Tsoh JY, Jo AM, Tong EK, Kagawa-Singer M, Stewart SL. Results of a lay health education intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among Filipino Americans: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1535-1542.  View on PubMed
  20. Chen MS, Chow EA, Nguyen TT. The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART)'s contributions toward reducing Asian American cancer health disparities, 2000-2017. Cancer. 2018 04 01; 124 Suppl 7:1527-1534.  View on PubMed

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