Tom Nguyen, MD

Assistant Professor
Director, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery


Academic Office
phone 713.486.5139

Clinical Office
phone 713.486.5100

fax 713.512.7200


Angelica M Mendoza


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Structural Heart Disease, Mitral Valve Repair, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Education

Education & Background

Rice University, Houston Texas (undergraduate)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (medical school)
Stanford University, Stanford, California (general surgery)
Research Fellow
Stanford University, Stanford, California (McConnell Cardiovascular Research Fellow)
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York (cardiothoracic surgery)
Advanced Fellowship
Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (TAVR, structural heart and valve disease)

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Additional Information

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Dr. Nguyen specializes in complex adult cardiac, minimally invasive valve surgery, and mitral repair.  He has extensive experience in TAVRs with over 1000 implants and minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery.

He is the Director of Minimally Invasive Valve surgery and Associate Program Director for the cardiothoracic surgery training program.  His research interests encompass TAVR, valvular heart disease, and surgical simulation/education with prior grants from the NIH, TSFRE, and AHA.  Dr. Nguyen regularly presents at national/international meetings and 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.

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.  Contact him anytime and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

A Patient's Story after Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repair

Click here to learn more about the natural history and treatment options for aortic stenosis, including TAVR and minimally invasive valve surgery.

  • Society of Throacic Surgeons Candidate Member
  • 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 Resident Editor (
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Annals of Thoracic Surgery; Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Heart Valve Disease; European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 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