Dr. Nguyen Selected to Serve as PSF Visiting Professor

March 8, 2024

Dr. Dung Nguyen has been invited to served as a Plastic Surgery Foundation(PSF) Visiting Professor for the 2024/25 academic year.

“This is a significant honor and a reflection of your hard work and dedication to our specialty,” wrote the committee in their letter notifying Nguyen of her selection.

According to the PSF website “The PSF Visiting Professors instruct plastic surgery residents using their clinical, technical and educational expertise. Plastic surgery training programs benefit from the Visiting Professors' wealth of knowledge and innovative perspectives on plastic surgery represented by the Visiting Professors.”

Nguyen says she would like to share new techniques and advances in breast reconstruction and the treatment of lymphedema to other plastic surgery programs in efforts to promote academic exchange and collaboration across the professional organization. In particular she is excited to share her novel method of autologous breast reconstruction using an omental fat-augmented free flap (O-FAFF) that offers patients with low BMI an alternative reconstructive option to synthetic implants as well as nipple-aerola complex reinnervation techniques after mastectomy.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share these exciting advances to colleagues in other plastic surgery programs and establish opportunities for future collaborations across institutions as an ASPS Visiting Professor. In addition, I look forward to serving as a mentor for trainees interested in my areas of specialty,” said Nguyen.

Past PSF Visiting Professors from Stanford include Drs. James Chang (2010/11), Robert Chase (1984), Heather Furnas (2017/18) and Gordon Lee (2015/16).

Nguyen is a clinical professor in Stanford’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of Breast Reconstruction at the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center.

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