Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists

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The Co-Chairs of CMDA’s specialty section Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists (CAPS) Dr. Kim-Lien Nguyen and Dr. David Larson join Dr. Mike Chupp on today’s podcast discussing this important specialty section what it is, what it is doing and what it hopes to do.

Meet Our Guest

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Kim-Lien Nguyen, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine & Radiology, Physics & Biology in Medicine Graduate Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Co-Chair, Christian Academic Physicians & Scientists – Dr. Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Radiology, and Biomedical Physics at UCLA. As a practicing non-invasive cardiologist, she serves veterans and directs the cardiovascular MRI program at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. As a physician-scientist, the focus of her research is on the development, translation, and application of cardiovascular imaging techniques, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography. She collaborates with data scientists and industry partners to advance precision medicine. Her funded research focuses on the use of iron-oxide nanoparticles in ischemic heart disease. Her work has been published in leading imaging journals and her lab receives grant support from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Nguyen also engages the public through her writing in the general media including USA Today, Forbes, Medical Economics, and STAT News. She attends Pacific Crossroads Church, has a cat, and enjoys afternoon tea.

David Larson, M.D., FACS, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plastic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

After 27 years, Dr. Larson retired from his position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2012.  He was also Program Director of the training program for 20 years and served on the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery for 6 years.  Prior to moving to Milwaukee, he held the position of Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, from 1979 to 1986, where he served in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and was the only plastic surgeon at that institution during that period.  He is Board certified in both Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Larson has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books.

Dr. Larson has a lifetime commitment to the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and peers in the areas of head and neck cancer, wound care and reconstruction of all areas of the body.

Since retirement, Dr. Larson has been on over a dozen mission trips to China, Lebanon, Macedonia, Azerbaijan and Serbia, all related to education in graduate medical education.  He is also Chairman of the MEI Advisory Council.

He is the husband of Sherry for 42 years and father of three children, all of whom graduated from Taylor University, Upland, IN.

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