Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Attending Physician

Clinical Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Clinical Interests

Minimally invasive surgery, esophageal anomalies, inflammatory bowel diseases, hepatobiliary disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease and solid tumors


Medical School: 

Creighton University School of Medicine


University of New Mexico: Surgery; Creighton University: General Surgery


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Pediatric Surgery Fellow



Surgery: American Board of Surgery; Pediatric Surgery: American Board of Surgery

Professional Memberships: 

Vietnamese American Medical Association
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American College of Surgerons (ACS)
American Societyy of General Suergeons
American Pediatric Society of General Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Assoiciation(APSA)
Internation Pediatric Endosurgery (IPEG)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS)


(1982-1983) Nominated, Golden Apple Award as Best Resident, Creighton University COM; (1985-1987) Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society; (1986) Academic Achievement Award, Creighton University; (1987)Magna cum laude, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; (1995) Alpha Omega Alpha, University of New Mexico; (1999) Critical Care Outstanding Surgeon of the Year, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; (2001 - present) Numerous Applause Awards for Excellent Service and Patient Care, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Surgery; (December 2002) Specialist of the Month, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA; (August 2004) Director's Award for Support of Pediatric Education, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA, Department of Pediatrics; (March 2005) Nominated for 2005 Excellence in Health Care Award, Memorial Hospitals; (2007) Nominated for Best Doctors; Outstanding (2009) Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Research Interests: 

Minimally invasive surgery, clinical outcomes, comparison thorascopic vs. open repair of tracheosophageal fistula, laparoscopic management of choledochal cysts and thoracoscopic management of congenital diaphragmatic hernias

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