About Khai H. Nguyen, MD, MHS
Khai Nguyen, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine doctor and geriatrician who specializes in caring for older adults. He provides primary care to patients, with an emphasis on health maintenance, disease prevention, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and preservation of function. As a geriatrician, Dr. Nguyen aims to keep seniors healthy and high functioning as they transition through the stages of aging. His expertise includes providing therapeutic and rehabilitative care for conditions or health concerns that are common among the elderly such as frailty, falls, incontinence, memory and cognitive problems, and medication-related side effects. He also has expertise in end of life care and advance care planning.
Dr. Nguyen is clinical services chief of senior medicine at UC San Diego Health, where he oversees efforts to help ensure quality patient care and provides leadership management of clinical functions and staff.
As a former instructor in the Division of Geriatrics, Dr. Nguyen has taught internal medicine residents and geriatric medicine fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He has coauthored numerous abstracts and was a speaker at the 2015 annual meeting of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians.
Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Nguyen was the medical director of VITAS Healthcare and Hospice. He was also a geriatric home-based primary care physician at VA Healthcare System San Diego, and a physician in the Department of Continuing Care Services at Kaiser Permanente San Diego.
Dr. Nguyen completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a residency in internal medicine at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. He earned his medical degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Nguyen also holds a master's degree in health policy and certification in health finance and management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds the hospice medical director certification (HMDC) credential.
Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
UC San Diego Health Links
For more information on primary care for seniors, see Senior Medicine / Geriatrics.
- University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
- UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
- Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA
Date Joined Staff
- Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
Conditions and Treatments
- Geriatric Medicine
- Senior Health