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Dr. JoAnna Nguyen

Compassionate and personalized care with surgical expertise. As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Nguyen is particularly sensitive to the needs of women who want to look their best while also maintaining a natural and fresh appearance.

Dr. JoAnna Nguyen is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Los Angeles, California, with expertise in all fields of plastic surgery, including aesthetic, reconstructive, pediatric, hand, and burn surgery.  She has a particular interest in aesthetic surgery of the eyes and face, breast augmentation and reduction, hand surgery, and burn reconstruction. Dr. Nguyen is also passionate about skincare and has extensive experience with non-surgical treatments such as lasers, peels, and topical treatments.

Dr. Nguyen was born and raised in beautiful Southern California. Spoiled by the perennial sunny weather in Huntington Beach, her curiosity for the seasons led her to the the East Coast, where she attended Boston University. There she graduated Summa Cum Laude with dual degrees in Psychology and Biology with a Specialization in Neuroscience. After volunteering with a non-profit organization that provides plastic surgery to children in need, Dr. Nguyen’s interest in plastic surgery was born.

Having experienced her fair share of Boston weather, Dr. Nguyen was drawn to the sunshine of Miami where she received her Doctorate in Medicine (M.D) from the Univeristy of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 

She returned home to Southern California to complete a one year clinical research fellowship in reconstructive plastic surgery at the University of Southern California. During that year, she was the driving force behind 23 research projects, presented at numerous national meetings, and published over 11 manuscripts. 

She then went on to complete six years of formal plastic and reconstructive surgical training at the prestigious plastic and reconstructive surgery program at USC. During her training, Dr. Nguyen operated at premier hospitals on the west coast, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, LAC-USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children, LAC Regional Burn Center, Kaiser West Los Angeles and Sunset, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.   

Dr. Nguyen lives with her husband in Los Angeles and in her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, listening to music, and traveling. 

Dr. Nguyen maintains privileges at several prominent Los Angeles hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and California Hospital Medical Center. She continues to mentor medical students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.



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TRAINING
Residency: University of Southern California, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Research Fellowship: University of Southern California, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

EDUCATION
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degrees: Boston University

LANGUAGES
English
Spanish
Vietnamese
 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Hammoudeh JA, Fahradyan A, Gould DD, Liang F, Imahiyerobo T, Urbinelli L, Nguyen JT, Magee W 3rd, Yen S, Urata MM.  A comparative analysis of rhBMP-2/DBM vs. ICBG for secondary alveolar bone grafts in patients with cleft lip and palate: review of 501 cases.  Plast Reconst Surg.  2017 Mar 31.  PMID: 28369014.

  2. Starnes-Roubaud MD, Peric M, Chowdry F, Nguyen J, Schooler W, Sherman R, Carey JN.  Microvascular lower extremity reconstruction in the subacute period: a safe alternative.  Plast Reconst Surg Glob Open.  2015 Aug 10;3(7):e449.  PMID: 26301138

  3. Wong AK, Nguyen TJ, Peric M, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Hwang BH, Niknam LS, Chan LS, Urata MM.  Analysis of risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure using a multi-institutional database.  Microsurgery.  2015 Jan;35(1):6-12.  PMID:24431159

  4. Wong AK, Davis GB, Nguyen TJ, Hui KJ, Hwang BH, Chan LS, Zhou Z, Schooler WG, Chandrasekhar BS, Urata MM.  Assessment of three-dimensional high-definition visualization technology to perform microvascular anastomosis.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jul;67(7):967-72. PMID: 24838275

  5. Costa MA, Rommer E, Peric M, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Davis GB, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Surgical-site infection is not affected by method of breast reconstruction.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  2013 Jul:132(1):20e-9e.  PMID: 23806951

  6. Tran BH, Nguyen TJ, Hwang BH, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Chan LS, Woo K, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with venous thromboembolism in 49,028 mastectomy patients.  Breast.  2013 Aug:22(4): 444-8.  PMID: 23692931

  7. Soltani AM, Peric M, Francis CS, Nguyen TT, Chan LS, Ghiassi A, Stevanovic MV, Wong AK.  The variation in the absence of the palmaris longus in a population of the United States: an epidemiological study.  Plast Surg Int.  2012: 282959.  PMID: 23213502

  8. Nguyen TJ, Costa MA, Shahabi A, Peric M, Hernandez AM, Chan LS, Sener SF, Wong AK.  Effect of immediate reconstruction on postmastectomy surgical site infection.  Annals of Surgery.  2012 Aug; 256(2):326-33.  PMID: 22791106.

  9. Ho G, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hwang BH, Chan LS, Wong AK.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with acellular dermal matrix-assisted breast reconstruction.  Annals of Plastic Surgery.  2012 Apr.  68(4):346-56.  PMID: 22421476

  10. Baker RY, Nguyen TJ, Hernandez AM, Baker CJ, Starnes VA.  Breast implants and minimally invasive cardiac surgery: a case series. Annals of Plastic Surgery.  2012 July. 69(1): 10-3. PMID: 21659843

  11. Nguyen TJ, Carey JN, Wong AK.  Use of acellular dermal matrix in implant-based breast reconstruction: Evaluating the evidence. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery.  2011 Dec; 64(12); 1553-61.  PMID:  21388901

  12. Nguyen TJ, Panthaki Z.  Gunshot wound to the abdomen. ePlasty. 2010 Sept. (http://www.eplasty.com/images/PDF/eplasty-d-10-00099.pdf)

  13. Nguyen TJ, Thaller S.  Premalignant skin lesions.  Plastic Surgery Hyperguide.  2010

  14. Kohan E, Longaker MT, Nguyen J, Kawamoto H, Wexler A, Cahan L, Katchikian HV, Bradley JP.  Pfeiffer syndrome twins: despite improved correction in one twin, growth disturbance results in similar need for subsequent monobloc advancement.  J Craniofac Surg. 2009 May; 20(3):811-5.  PMID: 19390453

  15. Ciminello FS, Morin RJ, Nguyen TJ, Wolfe SA.  Cleft lip and palate: review.  Compr Ther. 2009 Spring;35(1):37-43.  PMID: 19351103

  16. Bradley JP, Levitt A, Nguyen J, Raposo CE, Jarrahy R, Katchikian HV, Kawamoto HK.  Roman arch, keystone fixation for facial bipartition with monobloc distraction.  Plast Reconst. Surg.  2008 Nov;122(5):1514-23.  PMID: 18971736

  17. Nguyen, TJ, Thaller, S.  Psychological Rehabilitation of Pediatric Burn Patients.  J.  Craniofac. Surg. 2008 Jul;19(4):882-7.  PMID: 18650704

PRESENTATIONS

  1. Nguyen TJ, Lawrence J, Au K.  The Krukenberg in the pediatric patient: a case series.  American Society of Plastic Surgeons. September 27, 2016.  Los Angeles, CA. Podium

  2. Nguyen TJ, Lawrence J, Au K.  The Krukenberg in the pediatric patient: a case series.  American Association for Hand Surgery. January 13 – 16, 2016.  Scottsdale, AZ. Poster

  3. Nguyen TJ, Frishberg D, Langevin CJ.  Nicolau syndrome following intramuscular vitamin K injection. California Society of Plastic Surgeons. May 22-25, 2015.  Podium

  4. Nguyen TJ, Yao C, Kulber DK.  Acellular dermal matrices for tendon sheath reconstruction: A novel method for pulley reconstruction and adhesion prevention.   Combined meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand & Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand. Maui, HI. March 29 – April 1, 2015.  ePoster

  5. Nguyen TJ, Yao C, Kulber DK.  Acellular dermal matrices for tendon sheath reconstruction: A novel method for pulley reconstruction and adhesion prevention.   Combined meeting of the American Association for Hand Surgery. Nassau, Bahamas.  January 21 – 23, 2015.  ePoster

  6. Nguyen TJ, Tran BH, Hui K, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Risk factors for venous thromboembolism. American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Conference.  Boston, MA. July 24 – 26, 2011. Poster

  7. Nguyen TJ, Costa MA, Hernandez AM, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Does immediate breast reconstruction affect surgical site infection? Data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Conference.  Boston, MA. July 24 – 26, 2011. Podium, *Finalist in Resident Abstract Competition.

  8. Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Baker RY, Schooler WG, Urata MM, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure: Data from the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP). American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Conference.  Boston, MA. July 24 – 26, 2011. Poster

  9. Nguyen TJ, Costa MA, Hernandez AM, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Does immediate breast reconstruction affect surgical site infection? Data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). California Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Monterey, CA. May 27-30, 2011. Podium

  10. Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Baker RY, Schooler WG, Urata MM, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure: Data from the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP). California Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Monterey, CA. May 27-30, 2011. Podium

  11. Ho G, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hwang BH, Chan LS, Wong AK.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with ADM-assisted breast reconstruction.  California Society of Plastic Surgeons. Monterey, CA. May 27-30, 2011. Podium

  12. Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Baker RY, Schooler WG, Urata MM, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure: Data from the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP).  Plastic Surgery Research Council 56th Annual Meeting.  Louisville, KY. April 27 – May 1, 2011.   Poster

  13. Nguyen TJ, Ho G, Shahabi A, Hwang BH, Chan LS, Wong AK.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with ADM-assisted breast reconstruction.  Plastic Surgery Research Council 56th Annual Meeting.  Louisville, KY. April 27 – May 1, 2011.  Podium

  14. Costa MA, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hernandez AM, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Bischel L, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Does immediate breast reconstruction affect surgical site infection? Data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). Plastic Surgery Research Council 56th Annual Meeting.  Louisville, KY. April 27 – May 1, 2011.  Podium

  15. Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Baker RY, Schooler WG, Urata MM, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure: Data from the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP).    American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting.  Boca Raton, FL. April 9-12, 2011.  Poster

  16. Ho G, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hwang B, Chan LS, Wong AK.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with ADM-assisted breast reconstruction.  American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting.  Boca Raton, FL. April 9-12, 2011.  Poster

  17. Costa MA, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hernandez AM, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Does type of immediate breast reconstruction affect surgical site infection?  American Association of Plastic Surgeons 90th Annual Meeting.  Boca Raton, FL. April 9-12, 2011.  Poster

  18. Ho G, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hwang B, Chan LS, Wong AK.  A systematic review and meta-analysis of complications associated with ADM-assisted breast reconstruction.  Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. January 21-23, 2011. Podium

  19. Costa MA, Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Hernandez AM, Vidar EN, Davis GB, Bischel L, Chan LS, Wong AK.  Does immediate breast reconstruction affect surgical site infection? Data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP).  Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. January 21-23, 2011. Podium

  20. Baker RY, Nguyen TJ, Hernandez AM, Wong AK, Baker CJ, Starnes VA.  Breast implants and minimally invasive heart surgery. Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. January 21-23, 2011. Podium

  21. Nguyen TJ, Shahabi A, Vidar EN, Chan LS, Baker RY, Schooler WG, Urata MM, Wong AK.  Risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure: Data from the ACS-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP).  Southern California Chapter American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. January 21-23, 2011. Podium

  22. Francis CS, Kim D, Nguyen TJ, Hammoudeh JA, Urata MM.  Inverted L-osteotomy avoids dental complications in neonatal mandibular distraction osteogenesis. Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting.  Santa Barbara, CA. January 21-23, 2011.

  23. Kane JT, Carey JN, Nguyen TJ, Schooler WG.  Improving Resident Confidence with Hand Surgery Using a Fresh Tissue Dissection Curriculum. American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting.  Cancun, Mexico. January 12-15, 2011. Podium

  24. Baker RY, Nguyen TJ, Hernandez AM, Wong AK, Baker CJ, Starnes VA.  Minimally invasive heart surgery in women with breast implants. First World Congress on Controversies in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.  Barcelona, Spain. November 4-7, 2010. Poster

  25. Nguyen TJ, Carey JN, Wong AK.  Use of acellular dermal matrix in implant-based breast reconstruction: Evaluating the evidence. First World Congress on Controversies in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.  Barcelona, Spain. November 4-7, 2010. Poster