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 ( and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).

Dr. Nguyen is Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH;, 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


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. Portacolone E, Nguyen TT, Bowers BJ, Johnson JK, Kotwal AA, Stone RI, Keiser S, Tran T, Rivera E, Martinez P, Yang Y, Torres JM, Covinsky KE. Perceptions of the Role of Living Alone in Providing Services to Patients With Cognitive Impairment. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2329913.  View on PubMed
  2. Oh A, Gan S, Boscardin WJ, Neilands TB, Stewart AL, Nguyen TT, Smith AK. Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on meaningful activity engagement in racially and ethnically diverse older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Jun 15.  View on PubMed
  3. Duke, M.R., Sun, A., Fleisher, P., Gallegos-Castillo, A., LeSarre, M., Cheng, J., Young, K. Pletcher, M.J., Nguyen, T., Jih, J.. Institutionalizing Community-Engaged Translational Science in an Academic Institution: A Community Stakeholder-Driven Process. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. 2023.  View on PubMed
  4. Khalili M, Kim NJ, Tsoh JY, Walsh JME, Elizabeth Goldman L, Park H, Lau I, Wong C, Gildengorin G, Nguyen TT. Efficacy of a Primary Care-Based Mobile Application to Increase Hepatitis C Screening Among Asian Americans: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023 Jan; 10(1):ofad002.  View on PubMed
  5. Carter-Edwards L, Hightower M, Schick V, Nguyen T, Hidalgo B, Cacari Stone L, Laird R, Ossip D, Rubio M, ElShourbagy Ferreira S, Carrasquillo O. The CTSA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Task Force's recommendations for the CTSA program consortium. J Clin Transl Sci. 2023; 7(1):e41.  View on PubMed
  6. Jih J, Nguyen A, Woo J, Tran WC, Wang A, Gonzales N, Fung J, Callejas J, Nguyen TT, Ritchie CS. A photo-based communication intervention to promote diet-related discussions among older adults with multi-morbidity. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 02; 71(2):577-587.  View on PubMed
  7. 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
  8. Harrison JD, Palmer NRA, Cabrera A, Fleisher P, Wong E, LeSarre M, Grumbach K, Banta J, Tealer L, Reynolds A, Wassmann A, Rose T, Nguyen T. Addressing the challenges of conducting community-engaged research during COVID-19: Rapid development and evaluation of a COVID-19 Research Patient and Community Advisory Board (PCAB). J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e88.  View on PubMed
  9. 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
  10. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Venkatesh B, Cheng J, Dixit N, Fox R, Ling P, Nguyen T, Oh D, Palmer NR, Pasick RJ, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, Vijayaraghavan M, Ashworth A. From Cancer Epidemiology to Policy and Practice: the Role of a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2022; 9(1):10-21.  View on PubMed
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Zavala VA, Bracci PM, Carethers JM, Carvajal-Carmona L, Coggins NB, Cruz-Correa MR, Davis M, de Smith AJ, Dutil J, Figueiredo JC, Fox R, Graves KD, Gomez SL, Llera A, Neuhausen SL, Newman L, Nguyen T, Palmer JR, Palmer NR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Piawah S, Rodriquez EJ, Sanabria-Salas MC, Schmit SL, Serrano-Gomez SJ, Stern MC, Weitzel J, Yang JJ, Zabaleta J, Ziv E, Fejerman L. Cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. Br J Cancer. 2021 01; 124(2):315-332.  View on PubMed
  16. 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
  17. Pham PH, Nguyen KX, Pham HTB, Tran TT, Nguyen TT, Phan NTS. Functionalization of C-H bonds in acetophenone oximes with arylacetic acids and elemental sulfur. RSC Adv. 2020 Mar 16; 10(19):11024-11032.  View on PubMed
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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