Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Attending Physician
Professor of Clinical 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; Creighton University: Research Year



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

Professional Memberships: 

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES; American College of Surgeons; American Academy of Pediatrics; International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG); American Medical Association; Childrens Oncology Group (COG); American Society of General Surgeons; Vietnamese American Medical Association


(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


Camps J, Nguyen NX, Annibali R, Fitgibbons Jr RJ: Laparoscopic Inguinal Herniorrhaphy: The Transabdominal Techinques. International Surgery, 80 (1):18-25, Jan/Mar, 1995

Fitzgibbons Jr RJ, Rybert A, Ulualp KM, Nguyen NX, et al: An Alternative Technique for Management of Choledocholithiasis Found at Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Arch Surg, 1995, 130:638-642

Fitzgibbons Jr RJ, Camps J, Cornet DA, Nguyen NX, et al: Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia: Results of a Multi-Center Trial. Ann Surg, Jan., 1995, 221(1):3-13

Jimenez J, Emil S, Podnos Y, Nguyen NX: Annular pancreas in children: a recent decade�s experience. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 39: 1654-1657, 2004

Taylor M, Emil S, Nguyen N, Ndiforchu N: Emergent versus urgent appendectomy in children: A study of outcomes. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 40




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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