One of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School’s resident surgeons has been named one of Houston Business Journal‘s prestigious 40 Under 40. These are carefully selected professionals who founded their own companies and non-profit organizations, and can serve as role models for budding entrepreneurs and professionals in the very important mission of working to make a difference.
Dr. Tom Nguyen, an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and co-director of the Structural Heart and Valve Program at UTHealth is one of the 40 HBJ honorees, selected from over 400 applications. The 40 Under 40 honorees will be featured on HBJ on October 31, shortly after the awards ceremony on October 28 at Hotel Zaza.
Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam, but grew up in Houston. He finished High School in Cypress, Texas, graduated from Rice University, and earned his master’s degree from UTHealth. From there, Nguyen went on to study at John Hopkins School of Medicine to complete his medical degree, then attended Stanford Medicine for his residency in general surgery and cardiovascular research fellowship. During his time at Stanford, Nguyen participated in 6 months of volunteer work as a surgeon in Africa. He obtained his second fellowship for cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and his third on advanced structural heart and endovascular/TAVR at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Nguyen also travelled back to Vietnam for 4 weeks as a volunteer cardiovascular surgeon.
“I have always held a particular empathy for those slighted by society: the rejected, neglected, overlooked or forgotten … Health care revolves not around models, insurance theories or formulas, but around people — although both are needed,” said Nguyen. “Volunteering runs thick in my blood and I intend to continue medical missions throughout my career.”
Earlier this year, Dr. Nguyen was appointed to the Surgeons Council of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) — a leadership forum for cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons. At present, his practice is based at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center. He was the first surgeon in the state to perform a transcatheter aortic valve replacement under conscious sedation using the Edwards Sapien valve.
Another affiliate of UTHealth made it to the 40 Under 40 list as well. The vice-chair of the School of Biomedical Informatics Advisory Council, Christopher McCord, is also the founder Healthcare Growth Partners.