Thuan Nguyen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor


M.D. (1995) Hue University, School of Medicine, Vietnam
M.A. (2002) in Statistics, California State University, Hayward
Ph.D. (2008) in Biostatistics, University of California, Davis

Primary Mission within the Department

Provide services, teaching and research in Statistics.

Experience and Interests

Dr. Nguyen is a biostatistician with primary interest in statistical modeling of various data in medicine and biology. In addition, she has interests in mixed effects models, model selection, longitudinal data analysis, small area estimation, missing data techniques, and statistical genetics–QTL mapping, linkage analysis

Recent Publications

Cindy McEvoy, Sridevi Venigalla, Diane Schilling, Nakia Clay, Thuan Nguyen, Patricia Spitale (2012), Respiratory Function in Healthy Late Preterm Infants Delivered at 33-36 Weeks of Gestation. Journal of Pediatrics, in press.
Joanne Noone, Maggie Sullivan, Thuan Nguyen, Tiffany L. Allen (2012), Pilot Test Of Interactive Theater to Improve Parent Communication on Pregnancy Prevention,
Arts & Health, DOI:10.1080/17533015.2012.718717
Thuan Nguyen, Jie Peng, Jiming Jiang (2012), Fence Methods for Backcross Experiments.  Statistical Computation and Simulation, DOI:10.1080/00949655.2012.721885.
Jiang, J. and Nguyen, T. (2012), Small area estimation via heteroscedastic nested-error regression, Canadian Journal of Statistics, 40(3), 588-603.
Jennifer Needle, Richard Mularski, Thuan Nguyen, Erik Fromme (2012), Do Personal Preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatment Influence Medical Decision- Making among Pediatric Intensivists? Critical Care Medicine, 40(8):2464-2469.
Erin Madriago, Thuan Nguyen, Megan McFerson Virgil Larson, Nathan Airhart, James H. Moller, and Michael Silberbach (2012), Frequency and Outcome of Cardiac Operations and Catheter Interventions in Turner Syndrome, American Journal of Cardiology, 110:580-585.
David C. Sheridan, David M. Spiro, Thuan Nguyen, Thomas K. Koch, Garth D. Meckler, Low-Dose Propofol for Abortive Treatment of Pediatric Migraine in the Emergency Department (2012), Pediatric Emergency Care, 28(12): 1293-1296.
Maynika Rastogi, Linda Stork, Brian Druker, Carolyn Blasdel, Thuan Nguyen, Bruce A. Boston (2012),  Imatinib mesylate causes growth deceleration in pediatric patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 59(5):840–845.

Joshua R. Buser, Jennifer Maire, Art Riddle, Xi Gong, Thuan Nguyen, Kerst Nelson, Ning Ling Luo, Jennifer Ren, Jaime Struve, Larry S. Sherman, Steven P. Miller, Vann Chau, Glenda Hendson, Praveen Ballabh, Marjorie R. Grafe, and Stephen A. Back (2012), Arrested Preoligodendrocyte Maturation Contributes to Myelination Failure in Premature Infants, Annals of Neurology, 71:93–109.

Briggs EC, Nguyen T, Wall MA, Macdonald KD (2012), Oral antimicrobial use in outpatient cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbation management: a single-center experience. Clin Respir J., 6: 56–64

Muhammad Ashraf, Zhiwen Zhou, Thuan Nguyen, Shiza Ashraf, and David J. Sahn (2012), Apex to Base Left Ventricular Twist Mechanics Computed From High Frame Rate Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: A Comparison Study, JASE, 25(1):121-8.

Thuan Nguyen and Jiming Jiang (2012), Restricted fence method for covariate selection in longitudinal data analysis. Biostatistics, 13(2),303-314 (DOI:  10.1093/biostatistics/KXR046)

Thuan Nguyen and Jiming Jiang (2011), Simple estimation of hidden correlation in repeated measures, Statistics in Medicine, 30(29): 3403-3415.

Nguyen, T. and Jiang, J. (2011), Benchmarking the mixed linear model for longitudinal data, Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings,  Miami, FL., July-August 2011.

Jiming Jiang, Thuan Nguyen and J. Sunil Rao (2011), Invisible fence methods and the identification of differentially expressed gene sets. Statistics and Its Interface, Volume 4, 403-415.

Riddle, A., Dean, J., Buser, B.S., Gong, X., Maire, J., Chen, K., Ahmad, T., Chen, V., Nguyen, T., Kroenke, C.D., Hohimer, A.R. and Back, S.A. (2011). Histopathological correlates of MRI-defined chronic perinatal white matter injury, Annals of Neurology, 70(3): 493-507

Jiming Jiang, Thuan Nguyen, and J. Sunil. Rao (2011), Best Predictive Small Area Estimation, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Featured Article, 106, 494: 732–745

Muhammad Ashraf, Andriy Myronenko, Thuan Nguyen, Akio Inage, Wayne Smith, Robert I. Lowe, Karl Thiele, Carol A. Gibbons Kroeker, John V. Tyberg, Jeffrey F. Smallhorn, Davis H. Sahn, Xubo Song (2010).  A Method for Defining Left ventricular Apex to Base Twist Mechanics Computed from High-Resolution 3D Echocardiography: validation against Sonomicrometry, Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging, 3, 227-234.

Zhou Z, Ashraf M, Hu D, Dai X, Xu Y, Kenny B, Cameron B, Nguyen T, Xiong L, Sahn DJ (2010).  Three-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Imaging for Left Ventricular Rotation Measurement: An In Vitro Validation Study: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine; 29, 903–909.

Jiang J., Nguyen T., Rao J.S. (2010), Fence Method for Nonparametric Small Area Estimation, Survey Methodology, 36, 1, 3-11.

Jiang, J. and Nguyen, T. (2009), Comments on: Goodness-of-fit tests in mixed models by G. Claeskens and J. D. Hart, Test, 18, 248-255.

Jiang J., Nguyen T., Rao R.S. (2009), A Simplified Adaptive Fence Procedure, Statistics and Probability Letters, 79, 625-629.

Jiang J., Rao J.S., Gu Z., Nguyen T. (2008).  Fence Methods for Mixed Model Selection, The Annals of Statistics, 36(4): 1669-1692.

Nanigian D., Nguyen T., Tanaka S.T., Cambio A., Digrande A., Kurzrock E.A. (2008).  Development and Validation of a Quality of Life Measure for Fecal Incontinence in Children with Spina Bifida, The Journal of Urology, Oct:180 (4 Suppl): 1770-3: discussion 1773.

DeLair S., White M.J., Nguyen T., Stone A.R., Kurzrock E.A. (2007).  Renal Cortical Deterioration in Children with Spinal Dysraphism: Analysis of Risk Factor, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 30(S1): 30-34.

Srinivasan M., Wilkes M., Stevenson F., Nguyen T., Slavin S. (2007).  Comparing Problem-Based Learning with Case-Based Learning: Effects of a Major Curricular Shift at Two Institutions, Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Academic Medicine, 82(1):74-82.

Thuan Nguyen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Phone: (503) 494-3697
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