Dr. Nguyen obtained her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore) where she also spent a year on a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship working on a neoadjuvant pancreatic cancer vaccine trial. She then completed surgical internship and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. At Cleveland Clinic, she served as administrative chief resident overseeing over 60 surgical residents and was on the Housestaff Association executive committee which represents over 1,300 trainees. Dr. Nguyen has also spent two years on a T32 grant at the University of Pittsburgh investigating dendritic cell-based cancer immunotherapy. She has presented her clinical and translational work at the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium meetings.