Dr. Oanh Kieu Nguyen, M.D., M.A.S. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine (Department of Internal Medicine), with a secondary appointment in the Division of Outcomes and Health Services Research (Department of Clinical Sciences). Seeking to understand determinants of human behavior at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels, she earned her B.S. in both neuroscience and political science from UCLA. She completed her medical school training at UCSD. Drawn by the opportunity to serve the underserved at Parkland, she subsequently completed her internal medicine residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Following her residency, she worked as a hospitalist at Parkland and research associate at PCCI (formerly the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation) before undergoing additional training via the Primary Care Research Fellowship at UCSF, where she earned her Master's degree (Master of Advanced Studies, M.A.S.) in clinical research with specialization in implementation science.
Dr. Nguyen joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2013 and is a health services researcher and a practicing general internist who provides care in both inpatient and outpatient care settings at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County's health safety net. Influenced by her commitment to social justice and health equity, her research agenda focuses on improving health care delivery for underserved populations through addressing unmet health-related social needs to improve overall health. Dr. Nguyen’s research is currently supported through the National Institutes of Health by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She has methodologic expertise in the use of electronic health record (EHR) data and other large datasets for research, development of readmission risk prediction models, qualitative and mixed methods research, and conducting systematic reviews.
In addition to her research, she teaches health policy to students in the UTSW Master’s program for Clinical Sciences, as well as to internal medicine residents. She is the faculty advisor for the UTSW Health Advocacy Student Interest Group. She is #ProudtobeGIM, and co-founded and co-directs the General Internal Medicine Resident Interest Group at UT Southwestern. Nationally, she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
- Medical School
- University of California, San Diego Medical Center (2007)
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2010), Internal Medicine
- Graduate School
- University of California at San Francisco (2013), Clinical Research
- Research Fellowship
- UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital (2013), Primary Care
- Addressing social determinants to improve health
- Leveraging EHR data and using 'big data' approaches to understand and improve health care delivery
- Understanding hospital readmissions and transitional care interventions
- Is everyone really breathing 20 times a minute? Assessing epidemiology and variation in recorded respiratory rate in hospitalised adults.
- Badawy J, Nguyen OK, Clark C, Halm EA, Makam AN BMJ Qual Saf 2017 Jun
- An Evidence-Based Medicine Approach to Antihyperglycemic Therapy in Diabetes Mellitus to Overcome Overtreatment.
- Makam AN, Nguyen OK Circulation 2017 Jan 135 2 180-195
- Vital Signs Are Still Vital: Instability on Discharge and the Risk of Post-Discharge Adverse Outcomes.
- Nguyen OK, Makam AN, Clark C, Zhang S, Xie B, Velasco F, Amarasingham R, Halm EA J Gen Intern Med 2016 Aug
- Predicting all-cause readmissions using electronic health record data from the entire hospitalization: Model development and comparison.
- Nguyen OK, Makam AN, Clark C, Zhang S, Xie B, Velasco F, Amarasingham R, Halm EA J Hosp Med 2016 Feb
- National Use of Safety-Net Clinics for Primary Care among Adults with Non-Medicaid Insurance in the United States.
- Nguyen OK, Makam AN, Halm EA PLoS ONE 2016 11 3 e0151610
- Use of Cardiac Biomarker Testing in the Emergency Department.
- Makam AN, Nguyen OK JAMA Intern Med 2014 Nov
- Envisioning a Social-Health Information Exchange as a Platform to Support a Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood: A Feasibility Study.
- Nguyen OK, Chan CV, Makam A, Stieglitz H, Amarasingham R J Gen Intern Med 2014 Aug
- What's cost got to do with it? Association between hospital costs and frequency of admissions among "high users" of hospital care.
- Nguyen OK, Tang N, Hillman JM, Gonzales R J Hosp Med 2013 Dec 8 12 665-71
- Hospital-initiated transitional care interventions as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review.
- Rennke S, Nguyen OK, Shoeb MH, Magan Y, Wachter RM, Ranji SR Ann. Intern. Med. 2013 Mar 158 5 Pt 2 433-40
- Incidence, Predictors, and Outcomes of Hospital-Acquired Anemia.
- Makam AN, Nguyen OK, Clark C, Halm EA J Hosp Med 2017 May 12 5 317-322
Honors & Awards
- UT Southwestern LEAD Program Scholar
UT Southwestern's Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program for Junior Faculty Physicians and Scientists (2017)
- Best Research Poster Finalist
Society of Hospital Medicine (2015)
- Hamolsky Award Finalist
Best research presentation by junior faculty, SGIM Annual Meeting (2015)
- NCATS/NIH KL2 Clinical Scholars
NIH-funded mentored career development program scholar (2015-2017)
- Presidential Poster Award Finalist
Best research poster, American Geriatric Society National Meeting (2015)
- Lipkin Award Finalist
Best research presentation by a trainee, SGIM Annual Meeting (2012)
- Journal of Hospital Medicine (2015)
- American Heart Association (2015)
- Society of Hospital Medicine (2013)
- Society of General Internal Medicine (2010)