Tam Nguyen, MD

U.S. Fellow, VECD 2016-17

Home Institution: Meharry Medical College
Fellowship Site: Danang Psychiatric Hospital, Vietnam
Research Topic: Tobacco Use

Dr. Nguyen will spend his fellowship year at Danang Psychiatric Hospital in Danang under the mentorship of Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, Lam Trung, MD and Bahr Weiss, PhD. His research will focus on risk factors associated with tobacco initiation among Vietnamese youth.

After graduating from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Nguyen worked for a year in oil rigs off the Gulf of Mexico where the lack of access to healthcare was prominent. Upon completing his medical school training and PGY-1 year in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College, he sought out his main passion with the Preventive Medicine Residency at the same institution. During that time, Dr. Nguyen completed coursework for a Master of Science in Public Health and successfully defended his thesis discussing the effect of electronic cigarettes on the intention to smoke in adolescence. Recognizing the detrimental health effect tobacco has on not just the individual’s health, but also on public and global health, Dr. Nguyen’s long-term goal is to acquire broader research experience in the U.S. and oversea to further his development as a global health researcher and clinician.