Dr. Ninh Nguyen, UCI Health specialist in gastrointestinal surgery

Ninh T. Nguyen, MD


General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Laparoscopic antireflux surgery, Laparoscopic esophagectomy, Laparoscopic gastrectomy, Laparoscopic gastric bypass, Laparoscopic Heller myotomy, Laparoscopic gastric banding, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair

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Medical School
University of Texas - San Antonio
Mount Sinai Hospital of Greater MiamiGeneral Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital of Greater MiamiGeneral Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineSurgical Oncology
University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineLaparoscopy
Professional Positions
  • Interim chair — Department of Surgery
  • Chief — Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Professor — Department of Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Vice-chair — Department of Surgery
  • Past president — American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Awards and Recognition
  • America's Top Doctors (Gastrointestinal Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Obesity/Bariatric Surgery), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. — 2013
  • Best Doctors in America® (Surgery) — 2011-2013
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2013-2019
  • Golden Scope Award, Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) — 2002
More Information

Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen is a board-certified UCI Health surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive gastroesophageal surgery and bariatric surgery. He pioneered the development of laparoscopic esophagectomy and gastrectomy for the treatment of esophagogastric pathology and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for the treatment of morbid obesity.

Nguyen is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Surgical Association. In 2002, he received the Golden Scope Young Researcher Award from SAGES, in recognition of significant contribution to research in laparoscopic surgery.

He is also past president of the ASMBS and serves as the ASMBS representative on the Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council for the American Board of Surgery. He is currently the president of the North American Chapter of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and is on the editorial board for Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Surgical Endoscopy and Annals of Surgery. He has been the principal investigator on numerous research grants and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Nguyen earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Tex. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla, followed by fellowships in surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Anti-Reflux Operation
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia

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