Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Dao M. Nguyen, M.D.

General Information

Dao M. Nguyen, M.D.



  • English
  • Vietnamese
  • French


  • American Board of Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery



  • Thoracic Surgery [Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery]


  • Co-Chair, Disease Specific Group (DSG) - Lung - SCCC
  • Member, Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Surgery and Chief, Thoracic Surgery Section, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • The B. and Donald Carlin Endowed Chair for Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interest: all aspects of general thoarcic surgery; multi-modality therapy for locally advanced lung cancer, cancer of the esophagus and the pleura and malignant tumors of the mediastinum; phase I, II, III clinical trials for thoracic cancers, novel therapy for lung cancer, medical educations, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

Research Interests

Research Interest: targeted molecular therapy for thoracic cancers (cancers of the lung, the esophagus or the pleura),  translational research in receptor-mediated signalings in cancers, anti-angiogenesis


Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical degree from McGill University ( Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in 1986.  He completed residencies in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at McGill University.  He also obtained the Masters of Science (Experimental Surgery) at McGill University in 1992.  He completed a 2-year fellowship training in thoracic surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center (1994-1996; Houston, Tx).   He is board-certified by both the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeon of Canada.  He was an assistant professor of surgery at McGill University (1996-1998) before he was recruited to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a medical officer/tenure-track investigator of the Surgery Branch (1998-1007). His research interest focused on experimental therapeutics/targeted molecular therapy for thoracic malignancies (cancers of the lung, the pleura and the esophagus).  He joined the division of cardiothoracic surgery, University of Miami in September 2007 as an associate professor of surgery and chief of the section of thoracic surgery.  He became professor of surgery (clinical track) in 2010.  He has been the holder of the B. and Donald Carlin Endowed Chair for Thoracic Surgical Oncology since 2011.

Since joining the University of Miami, Dr. Nguyen has transformed the section of thoracic surgery to become an independent service line with clear mission and vision of being the best general thoracic surgery service in Florida and beyond.  Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (MITS), particularly robotic surgery, has become the standard of care at our institution.  Robotic surgery has been performed at UM Hospital since June 2012.  Dr. Nguyen was the first few surgeons in the country to use the third generation robotic platform, the DaVinci Xi, for thoracic procedures; the first to use the new integrated EndoWrist staplers.  He was also involved with research and development of next generation staplers for the robotic platform.  More than 80% of thoracic surgery cases are MIST.  Dr. Nguyen is current the co-leader of the Site-Disease Group (SDG) Lung of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) and presides the Thoracic Malignancy Tumor Conference.  He performs many complex thoracic surgical procedures referred to SCCC/UHealth.  He recruits and mentors young attending thoracic surgeons.  The current associate is Dr. Villamizar who was recruited to join Dr. Nguyen after he completed his training at Harvard University (The Peter Brigham and Women Hospital, Boston).  He collaborates with Dr. Villamizar to develop the malignant pleural mesothelioma program in Florida.  His research interest is translational research for new diagnostics as well as therapeutics for lung cancer.  His new direction of clinical research is surgical economics and outcomes of robotic lung resections.

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