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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Duy C. Nguyen, MD

Assistant Professor, Thoracic Surgery

Personal Statement:

Duy C. Nguyen, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He specializes in robotic minimally invasive general thoracic surgery with the purpose of delivering the best possible care to patients suffering from benign and malignant thoracic disease of the lung, esophagus / foregut, pleural space, mediastinum, chest wall, diaphragm and the thoracic outlet.  Best possible care is achieved by:

1) establishing the patient’s understanding of the disease, the treatment options, the recovery, and the follow-up so that the patient can participate in clinical decision making;

2) continually improving surgery and perioperative care through innovation and research to minimize post-surgical pain and time to recovery; and

3) building and maintaining a strong, trustworthy multidisciplinary team to support patients throughout their journey (before surgery, in the hospital, and when they are back home).

Native to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, Dr. Nguyen completed his undergraduate training summa cum laude from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering in 2006.  He then earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2010 and completed his general surgery residency training at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 2016.  It was here that Dr. Nguyen found his love for thoracic surgery and proceeded to dedicate his career to patients with thoracic disease.  During his residency, in 2013, Dr. Nguyen spent a year at The University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona as a research fellow conducting clinical studies on applying robotic surgical techniques in thoracic surgery, including robotic segmentectomy, a minimally invasive technique of removing early stage lung cancer from a patient, while preserving as much healthy lung tissue as possible, and achieving excellent long term results.  Following residency, Dr. Nguyen continued his thoracic surgical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 2016, and completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship under Dr. David Sugarbaker at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas in 2020.  In addition to being trained by some of the best mentors in the field at these institutions, Dr. Nguyen learned the importance of complete patient care through a well organized team.

Dr. Nguyen joins the faculty at UT Health San Antonio to expand the robotic thoracic surgery experience in the region. He has current clinical appointments at the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, Methodist Hospital, and University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.


Education

College:
The University of Maryland at College Park - 2002-2006

Medical School:
Temple University School of Medicine - 2006-2010

Internship / Residency:
The George Washington University Medical Center - 2010-2016

Research Fellowship:
The University of Arizona Medical Center - 2013-2014

Fellowship:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital - 2016-2017
Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Heart Institute - 2017-2020

Awards & Accomplishments

AATS Robotic Thoracic Surgery Fellowship 2019-2020

SLS Multispecialty Fellowship Summit 2014

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery MIS Week Scholarship 2014

ISMICS 2014 Poster Competition Finalist and Overall Winner 2014

Robert L. and Frances C. Green Scholarship 2006

University of Maryland Honors Citation 2005

Banneker Key Full Merit Scholarship, The University of Maryland 2002-2006

Publications

Publications

1) Meyer M, Gharagozloo F, Nguyen D, Tempesta B, Strother E, Margolis M. Robotic-assisted treatment of celiac artery compression syndrome: report of a case and review of the literature. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. June 2012; 8(4):379-83. doi: 10.1002/rcs.1448.

2) Nguyen D, Moslemi M, Rawashdeh B, Meyer M, Garagozlo C, Golestani S, Tempesta B, Maas K, Yousufzai W, Gharagozloo F. Laimer’s Diverticulum, A Rare True Diverticulum Inferior to the Cricopharyngeus: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature. Journal of Clinical Case Reports. J Clin Case Rep. October 2014; 4(9). doi: 10.4172/2165-7920.1000423.

3) Nguyen D, Garagozlo C, Moslemi M, Rawashdeh B, Meyer M, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Resection of a Superior Sulcus Neurogenic Tumor. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. March 2015; 10(2):142-145. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000129.

4) Rawashdeh B, Meyer M, Yimin D, Anthony C, Nguyen D, Moslemi M, Golestani S, Richard S, Kim S. Unicentric Castleman’s Disease Presenting As A Pulmonary Mass: A Diagnostic Dilemma. Am J Case Rep. 2015;16 259-261. doi:10.12659/AJCR.893380.

5) Powers B, Montes J, Nguyen D, Nick D, Daly M, Davey A, Willis A. Demographic Risk Factors Impacting Timely Radiation Therapy Completion After Breast Conserving Surgery. The American Journal of Surgery. November 2015; 210:891-895. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.04.023.

6) Nguyen D, Rawashdeh B, Meyer M, Yousufzai W, Moslami M, Tempesta B, Maas K, Golestani S, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Assistant Extrapleural Pneumonectomy for Mesothelioma. American Journal of Robotic Surgery. December 2015; 2(1):35-38. doi: 10.1166/ajrs.2015.1016.

7) Moslemi M, Rawashdeh B, Meyer M, Nguyen D, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Unilateral Robotic Hybrid Mini-Maze: A Novel Experimental Approach. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. March 2016; 12(1):125-131. doi: 10.1002/rcs.1649

8) Nguyen D, Sugarbaker DJ, Burt BM. Therapeutic R2 Resection for Pleural Mesothelioma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. June 2018; 155:2734-5. pii: S0022-5223(18)30247-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.01.025.

9) Nguyen DC, Olatubosun O, Yu W, Loor G, Burt BM. Giant Mediastinal Liposarcoma: A Rare Yet Distinct Clinical Entity. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. September 2018; 106(3):117-119. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.03.018.

10) Nguyen D, Gharagozloo F, Tempesta B, Meyer M, Gruessner A. Long-Term Results of Robotic Anatomical Segmentectomy for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. March 2019; 55:427-33. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezy332.

11) Nguyen D, Loor G, Carrott P, Shafii A. Review of Donor and Recipient Surgical Procedures in Lung Transplantation. J Thorac Dis. June 2019. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2019.06.31

12) Burt BM, Nguyen, D, Groth SS, Palivela N, Ripley RT, Makris K, Farjah F, Cornwell L, Massarweh NM. Utilization of Minimally Invasive Thymectomy and Margin Negative Resection for Early Stage Thymomas. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. August 2019; 108:405-11. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.03.010

 

Chapters

1) Nguyen D, Burt BM. Thymectomy. UpToDate, Inc. June 2019. (https://www.uptodate.com/contents/thymectomy)

2) Nguyen D, McNamee C, Adams A, Sugarbaker DJ. Chapter 66: Overview of Anatomy and Pathophysiology of Lung Cancer.  Adult Chest Surgery. March 2020. 566-578.

 

Oral Presentations

1) Willis AI, Nguyen D, Nick D, Dempsey D. Trends in Colon Cancer Lymph Node Examination. Society of Surgical Oncology 64th Annual Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX. March 5, 2011.

2) Nguyen D, Meyer M, Wiseman J, Tempesta B, Maas K, Kim S, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Lysis of Dense Pleural Adhesions Facilitates Difficult Minimally Invasive Procedures. 2013 Society of Robotic Surgery Annual Meeting. Orlando, FA. November 9, 2013.

3) Nguyen D, Meyer M, Wiseman J, Tempesta B, Maas K, Kim S, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy with Intrathoracic Anastomosis. 2013 Society of Robotic Surgery Annual Meeting. Orlando, FA. November 9, 2013.

4) Meyer M, Nguyen D, Wiseman J, Tempesta B, Maas K, Kim S, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic First Rib Resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. 2013 Society of Robotic Surgery Annual Meeting. Orlando, FA. November 9, 2013.

5) Nguyen D, Tempesta B, Gruessner A, Rawashdeh B, Moslemi M, Meyer M, Golestani S, Garagozlo C, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Segmentectomy and Mediastinal Nodal Dissection for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. The International Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. May 30, 2014.

6) Meyer M, Nguyen D, Moslemi M, Rawashdeh B, Tempesta B, Maas K, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic First Rib Resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The International Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. May 30, 2014.

7) Nguyen D, Rawashdeh B, Moslemi M, Meyer M, Golestani S, Garagozlo C, Yousufzai W, Tempesta B, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Laparoscopic Gastroesophageal Valvuloplasty: Restoration of the Normal Anti-Reflux Anatomy. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Week. Las Vegas, NV. September 11, 2014.

8) Nguyen D, Tempesta B, Gruessner A, Rawashdeh B, Moslemi M, Meyer M, Golestani S, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Anatomic Segmentectomy and Mediastinal Nodal Dissection: Application in Patients with Limited Pulmonary Reserve. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Week. Las Vegas, NV. September 12, 2014.

9) Meyer M, Nguyen D, Rawashdeh B, Moslemi M, Tempesta B, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic First Rib Resection: Redefining Diagnosis and Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Week. Las Vegas, NV. September 12, 2014.

10) Meyer M, Nguyen D, Rawashdeh B, Moslemi M, Tempesta B, Poston R, Gharagozloo F. Robotic Mediastinal Nodal Exenteration for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Week. Las Vegas, NV. September 12, 2014.

11) Nguyen D, Meyer M, Gharagozloo F.  Robotic First Rib Resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  The 11th Clinical Robotics Surgery Association Worldwide Congress.  Durham, NC.  November 1, 2019