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About Quyen Nguyen, MD, PhD

Quyen T. Nguyen, MD, PhD, is a board-certified head and neck surgeon who specializes in neurotology, or the management of diseases of the inner ear, temporal bone, and skull base, including tumors and other conditions. Her main focus is in cochlear implants for hearing restoration and facial nerve surgery.

Dr. Nguyen is an expert in the evaluation and medical and surgical treatment of problems related to the ear, including exostosis ("surfer's ear"), tympanic membrane perforations, ossicular chain problems, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, single-sided deafness, Ménière's disease, and acoustic neuroma.

As a professor in the Department of Surgery, she trains surgeons during their fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Nguyen's basic science research focuses on the development of fluorescently labeled biological probes to help surgeons during surgery. In collaboration with Dr. Roger Tsien (Nobel Prize, Chemistry 2008), she worked on the development of fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) with live molecular navigation, also known as "color-coded surgery". Their collaborative work has been highlighted by several high profile media sources including Nature Research Highlights, Nature Science Business eXchange, Nature Cancer Reviews, The Economist, and Technology Review (MIT).

Dr. Nguyen completed a fellowship in neurotology and a residency in head and neck surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She earned her medical and doctorate degrees from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen is board certified in neurotology.

For more information, see ENT / Head and Neck and Surgical Services.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Medical Degree

  • Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Doctoral Degree

  • Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Residency

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Female

Languages

  • French
  • Vietnamese

Date Joined Staff

  • 2007-10-04

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurotology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Otology
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Implantable Hearing Devices
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Vestibular Schwannoma
  • Neurotology
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted