Dr. Nguyen specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, complex adult cardiac surgery, and mitral repair. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery involving aortic or mitral valve repairs. He lectures nationally and internationally and hosts a course for other surgeons to visit and learn minimally invasive techniques. He is also an expert in TAVR, having performed more than 2400 implants and actively involved with transcatheter mitral trials. He is one of a handful of surgeons credentialed to teach others how to perform TAVR through the groin.

He is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery for McGovern Medical School Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department, Director of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, and Associate Program Director for the cardiothoracic surgery training program.  His research interests encompass minimally invasive valve surgery, TAVR, and surgical simulation/education with prior grants from the NIH, TSFRE, and AHA. Dr. Nguyen has received numerous research and teaching awards. He was the past President of the TSRA, resident editor of CTSNet, and member of the ACGME/RRC. Additionally, he is the editor of several surgical textbooks. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and volunteered as a surgeon in Africa (Asmara, Eritrea) for 6 weeks. Recently, he was a recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 award, the Benjy F. Brooks Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award 2017, Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Teaching Award, and the Houston Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award.  He also received a first-place award from the American College of Cardiology for co-editing a transcatheter handbook.

The clinic has a robust Telemedicine program and you can get a consultation from the comfort of your own home (no traffic, no parking, no crowds) whether you live in Houston or in another state/country.

Undergoing cardiac surgery can be daunting, but Dr. Nguyen wants to assure patients his commitment to clinical excellence and patient care.  His practice philosophy is compassion, patience, and availability. You can learn more about Dr. Nguyen by listening to the Podcast below. If you send him an email, you can be assured you’ll get a personal response. Contact him if you have any questions.

Podcast: A Heart for Houston with Dr. Tom Nguyen


  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgery Society

Professional Activities

  • AATS Abstract Committee 2013
  • AATS Education Committee, 2011-2012
  • TSRA President 2012-2013
  • ISMICS Program Committee 2014
  • ACC Early Career Leadership Council
  • ACC Championing Aortic Stenosis Initiative
  • STS Table Instructor: TAVR/TEVA (STS 49th Annual Meeting)
  • RRC/ACGME Resident Member for Thoracic Surgery, 2009-2012
  • CTSNet Associate Editor
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Annals of Thoracic Surgery; Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Heart Valve Disease; European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • ACC Abstract Reviewer 2018
  • Course Director: STS University Minimally Invasive Valve 2018
  • STS Tech Con Program Committee


  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award by Stanford Medical Students
  • Finalist for the Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching by the American College of Surgeons
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Stanford University
  • Chief Resident, Columbia University
  • Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholar in International Health (Eritrea, Africa)
  • Vivian Thomas Young Investigator Award Finalist – AHA 2007
  • Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgery (BASTS) Research Award (2007)
  • Stanford Department of Surgery Research Award (2007)
  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research Endowment (TSRFE) Research Grant
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) LRP Research Grant American Heart Association (AHA) Medical Student Grant
  • American Legions Texas Boys State (2002)
  • 2014 Houston Business Journal top 40 under 40 Award
  • CTS Net Roundtable Moderator – Barcelona, Spain, March 2016
  • Benjy F. Brooks, M.D. Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, May 2017
  • Super Doctors – Texas Monthly, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ISMICS Robert Emery Young Investigator Award (Finalist), 2016
  • ISMICS Best Manuscript Award for 2016
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC) Section Awards 1st Place – Transcatheter Heart Valve Handbook


Bachelor Degree
Rice University, Houston, Texas
Medical Degree
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
General Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
McConnell Cardiovascular Research, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York
TAVR, Structural Heart and Valve Disease, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Complex minimally invasive valve surgery, aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, minimally invasive repair of ASD, mitral valve repair, TAVR, surgical education, coronary artery bypass grafting