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Dung Nyugen, MD, PharmD

Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

770 Welch Rd., Suite 400
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Dung Nyugen, MD, PharmD

Dr. Dung H. Nguyen is director of breast reconstruction at Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and director of the Adult Plastics Clinic at Stanford Healthcare in Palo Alto, California. Her specialties include aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, the surgical treatment of lymphedema and complex tissue reconstruction utilizing microsurgery and supermicrosurgery.

Dr. Nguyen offers ResensationSM to women undergoing autologous (free flap) breast reconstruction using their natural tissue. Resensation is a surgical technique that uses a nerve allograft (donated nerve) to bridge the gap between nerves in the chest with nerves in the tissue used to create the new breasts. Gradually, the nerves regrow, potentially leading to a return of sensation in the reconstructed breasts.

It’s important for women to know that Resensation is available and may provide an option to help change your life.

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Dr. Nguyen graduated with highest honors from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She earned a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy and a medical degree from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. Additionally, she is fellowship trained in microsurgery from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, one of the largest reconstructive surgery centers in the world

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, she was recruited to Stanford from Cedar Sinai Medical Center in 2012 She is currently a clinical associate professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. In 2016, she received an Innovation Grant for Breast Reconstruction, and was chosen as Stanford University Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Teacher of the Year in 2017.

Commitment to advancing breast reconstruction

In addition to her clinical commitment, Dr. Nguyen has basic science and clinical research interests in lymphedema, nipple-sparing mastectomy and breast reconstruction, including the DIEP flap, in which skin, fat and blood vessels are moved from the abdomen and used to create new breasts. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international professional meetings and has authored book chapters in various plastic surgery textbooks. She also enjoys volunteering on overseas medical missions and participating in medical charity activities.

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