Tom Nguyen


Faculty member Maastricht Mitral Masters


Tom Nguyen Dr. Nguyen specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, complex adult cardiac surgery, and mitral repair. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery involving aortic or mitral valve repairs. He lectures nationally and internationally and hosts a course for other surgeons to visit and learn minimally invasive techniques. He is also an expert in TAVR, having performed more than 2400 implants and actively involved with transcatheter mitral trials. He is one of a handful of surgeons credentialed to teach others how to perform TAVR through the groin.

He is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery for McGovern Medical School Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department, Director of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, and Associate Program Director for the cardiothoracic surgery training program.  His research interests encompass minimally invasive valve surgery, TAVR, and surgical simulation/education with prior grants from the NIH, TSFRE, and AHA. Dr. Nguyen has received numerous research and teaching awards. He was the past President of the TSRA, resident editor of CTSNet, and member of the ACGME/RRC. Additionally, he is the editor of several surgical textbooks. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and volunteered as a surgeon in Africa (Asmara, Eritrea) for 6 weeks. Recently, he was a recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 award, the Benjy F. Brooks Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award 2017, Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Teaching Award, and the Houston Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award.  He also received a first-place award from the American College of Cardiology for co-editing a transcatheter handbook.