Two eye specialists will join the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty in time for the opening of the Truhlsen Eye Institute next spring.
Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen has been named professor and chairman of the UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and will be the institute's director. The appointment is effective March 1.
Nguyen is a retina and uveitis specialist from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he serves as an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Uveitis is inflammation of the eye's middle layer and can lead to the loss of vision.
Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated with his parents and three brothers to the United States in 1980. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. His medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Brad Britigan, dean of the UNMC College of Medicine, said in a press release that he is thrilled Nguyen is coming to UNMC. “I am confident that he has the experience and leadership we need to take our ophthalmology program to the next level,” he said.
Nguyen's wife, Dr. Diana V. Do, also is a retina specialist at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. She will become an associate professor at UNMC and director of the Center for Innovative Clinical Trials in Ophthalmology.
Do graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology. She earned her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
UNMC broke ground for the $30 million Truhlsen Eye Institute in December 2010. The building, which is nearing completion, is at 40th and Leavenworth Streets.
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