Tom Nguyen, MD specializes in complex adult cardiac, minimally invasive valve surgery, and mitral repair. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery involving the aortic or mitral valve. He lectures nationally and internationally and hosts a course for other surgeons to visit and learn minimally invasive surgery. He is also an expert in TAVR, having performed more than 1500 implants. He is one of a handful of surgeons credentialed to teach others how to perform TAVR through the groin.

He is the 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 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 and the Benjy F. Brooks Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award 2017.

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


  • Society of Throacic 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 GrantAmerican Heart Association (AHA) Medical Student Grant
  • American Legions Texas Boys State (2002)
  • 2014 Houston Business Journal top 40 under 40 Award
  • 2017 Benjy F. Brooks, M.D. Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award
  • Super Doctors – Texas Monthly, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ISMICS Robert Emery Young Investigator Award (Finalist), 2016
  • ISMICS Best Manuscript Award for 2016


Bachelor Degree
Rice University, Houston, Texas
Medical Degree
John 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