Dr. Michael Nguyen earned his medical degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, followed by a fellowship in brain injury medicine at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Nguyen, who has been in practice since 2017, is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. His primary clinical interests are traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, brain cancer and cancer-related rehabilitation, disorders of consciousness and long-term outcomes of individuals with disabilities. He also speaks Vietnamese.

As a physiatrist, Dr. Nguyen is passionate about providing health care access and services to all individuals, especially people with disabilities. In both inpatient and clinic settings, he treats his patients as partners in health, giving them unbiased information and including them in the decision-making process. He enjoys collaborating with colleagues and mentors who share his interest in research.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and Association of Academic Physiatrists.


Fellowship, Brain Injury Medicine
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Washington School of Medicine
MPH - Certificate in Global Health
University of California Los Angeles
BS Biochemistry/BA Chemistry - Minor Medical History and Ethics
University of Washington

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Spasticity management
  • Headache and migraine management

Research Interests

  • Long term outcomes after brain injury
  • Non-pharmaceutical symptom management
  • Community reintegration
  • Health equity


Peer Reviewed Articles

Vu PD, Ling JF, Nguyen MV, Dragojlovic N. (2023). Recrudescing Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Chronicle of Orofacial Pain Before and After Cervical Cord Compression. Pain Medicine Case Reports 2023;7;129-134.

Nguyen MV, Hackman DE, Truitt AR. (2023). Return to School among Service Members and Veterans after Traumatic Brain Injury:  A Scoping Review. The Journal of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 6(2), 40-46.

Senk AM, Schwanz KL, Wundrach D, Weir K, Patel SC, Nguyen MV. (2023). Ankle and foot neuropathies & entrapments. PM&R Knowledge Now

Senk AM, Hicks H, Wundrach D, Weir K, Nguyen MV, Meserve C. (2022). Return to work after MSK injury in the workplace:  factors leading to timely return and risk factors for delayed return. PM&R Knowledge Now

Nguyen MV, Hackman DE, Truitt AR. (2021). Vocational Outcomes of Service Members and Veterans after Traumatic Brain Injury:  A Scoping Review. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Truitt AR, Nguyen MH. (2015). Printing Unrealistic Expectations:  A closer look at newspaper representations of noninvasive prenatal testing. American Journal of Bioethics Empirical Bioethics 6(1), 68-80.

Carter GT, Javaher SP, Nguyen MH, Garret S, Carlini BH. (2015). Re-branding cannabis:  the next generation of chronic pain medicine?. Pain management 5(1): 13-21.

Book Chapter

Nguyen MV, Goodman DA. (2022). ‘Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fundamentals and Overview’, in Rydberg L, Hwang S. (4th ed.) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pocketpedia. Lancaster: DemosMedical, pp.3-7.