Dr. Danh Truong, MD, MPH
Dr. Danh Truong, Chair of the Board of Directors, is Board certified in Family Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Truong is interested in the challenges of serving the uninsured and underserved population coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds in San Diego. He has dedicated significant time at the former Asian Pacific Health Center, providing medical services to the uninsured people in San Diego.
On April 23, 2016, Dr. Truong was recognized with the distinguished Award for Health and Medicine presented by the Asian Heritage Society at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
On November 12, 2016, Dr. Truong joined the Health Committee at the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego.
Dr. Robert G. Gish, MD
Through a long career in research, teaching and caring for patients, Dr. Gish has traveled to all continents and countries. In 2010, Dr. Gish joined the faculty at UCSD as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section Chief of Hepatology, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (C.H.A.T.). In Sept 2013, Dr. Gish left UCSD to form his company: Robert G. Gish Consultants to provide consultative support to Hepatology Centers and Liver Transplant Programs.
On April 1, 2014, Dr. Gish joined the Stanford Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology - Hepatology and Liver transplant Service Line as Staff Physician with major roles in research and outreach as well as program development. During this time, Dr. Gish is very active with the National Viral Hepatitis Round Table (NVHR), and in Feb 2014, Dr. Gish joined the Hepatitis B Foundation as their medical director to lend his policy, advocacy and clinical science skills to their armamentarium. A year later, he is the Medical Director at Asian Pacific Health Foundation in San Diego.
Today, Dr. Gish is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and a senior consultant at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University (consultant).
Dr.Gish is actively involved in numerous professional societies, and is a long-term member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), European Association for the Study of Liver Disease, Asian Pacific Association for the study of the Liver, and the American Society of Transplant Physicians. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Gish has served on the educational boards of American Journal of Gastro-enterology, Journal of Hepatology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences; Hepatology , Liver Transplantation and Surgery, and Journal of Viral Hepatitis. He has co-authored a public health policy for liver health in Viet Nam and is also assisting with the development of health care policies in Armenia and the Philippines.
Dr. Gish has had and continues to have an active research program in viral hepatitis, liver transplant, bio artificial liver, and public policy especially related to liver cancer, liver transplantation and viral hepatitis. Although his primary research focus is clinical research, he frequently collaborates with basic scientists in his research activities. He has published more than 500 original articles, review articles, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr. David S. Adler, Pharm.D.
Dr. Adler’s research interests are in clinical research and practice with a focus on management of chronic drug therapy including bioavailability and therapeutic equivalency of drugs with a narrow therapeutic index, drug elimination in renal failure and dialysis, clinical applications of point-of-care testing and medication therapy management (MTM). Dr. Adler maintains a clinical practice in anti-coagulation therapy and management in Coumadin Clinics at UCSD Medical Center through Internal Medicine and the San Diego Veteran's Administration Medical Center through the Division of Hematology.
Dr. Ton D. Tran, MD
Ton D. Tran, MD, is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the APHF Board of Directors.
He was also a former President of the Vietnamese Physicians Association of San Diego (VPASD).
Dr. Tran has been a family practitioner in San Diego for 31 years before retiring in 2012. During that time, he held leading positions with the Vietnamese American Medical Association, as President of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Formerly on the Speaker Bureau for Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Dr. Tran continues to give presentations on Hepatitis B at health fairs and outreach events organized by the Asian Pacific Health Foundation.
Dr. Hai Tran, DO
Dr. Hai Tran grew up in Vietnam and moved to the US during his childhood. He obtained his BS in Biology at UCLA and Doctor of Osteopathy at Western University for Health Sciences in Pomona. Dr. Tran completed his internship in Michigan, did his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Emory University in Atlanta in 2008, and a fellowship in Interventional Pain at Pain & Rehabilitative Consultants in Oakland, California.
After a few years of private practice in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Tran and his spouse Kim Dang, PharmD, decided to relocate to sunny San Diego. Dr Tran currently works for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. His personal interests include playing the guitar, tennis, exploring nature and dining out. He was the Immediate Past President of the Vietnamese Physician Association of San Diego, succeeding Dr. Tung Lai who has completed two terms before.
Dr. Hai Tran joined the APHF Board of Directors in April 2014, stating that “It is an honor for me to join Asian Pacific Health Foundation. I am happy to help the organization and our Asian and Vietnamese communities, and look forward to working with all members”.
Dr. Tran participated at the 2014 Filipino Sun Festival at Mira Mesa Park, along with his wife Kim. The team was very active counseling patients on various disease conditions. On June 22, 2014, both volunteered health screening services at the Summer Community Health Fair organized by the APHF at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in San Diego.
Dr. Kayla Giang, Pharm.D., MS
Kayla Giang, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, BCCCP is the Executive Director at APHF. She is also a Clinical Inpatient Pharmacist at VA San Diego hospital and has board certifications in Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care. She has volunteered with APHF since 2009. In 2013, she accepted the position of Associate Director for Clinical Activities for APHF. On March 14, 2017, she became Acting Director and as of April 8, 2017, she is the Executive Director at APHF.
Dr. Binh N. Tran, Pharm.D., MS, MBA
Dr. Binh Tran graduated from the Saigon School of Pharmacy in Viet Nam. While working at Miles Laboratories in Indiana in 1975, she pursued a Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. When moving to San Diego, Dr. Tran continued her work in clinical diagnostics, then completed a PharmD degree from the Saint-Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri in 1997. She received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in 2005.
Dr. Tran is the Co-founder and Board Secretary of the Asian Pacific Health Foundation. An Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, she has been appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Board for Community Pharmacy Practice, and has directed many Pharmacy CE programs at National and International Conventions of the Vietnamese American Medical Association.
Dr. Tran’s work on Hepatitis B began in 2003 when the former Asian Pacific Health Center collaborated with Community Health Group and other groups in the Hepatitis B Prevention Project for Asians and Pacific Islanders. The APHC was the winner of the Asian Heritage Award for Health and Medicine in 2007. Dr. Tran’s focus now is to screen all at-risk populations in San Diego for Hepatitis B and C, and link the affected people to suitable care.
Dr. France T. Nguyen, Ph.D., MPH, MA
Director of Grants and Research
France T. Nguyen-Grozavu has received inter-disciplinary training in the field of health issues. She has worked at several health policy-related community-based organizations in Los Angeles and international-focused organizations. She previously served as a consultant for Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles and the Pan American Health Organization (one of six regional offices of the World Health Organization), as well as served as an Associate for the SHARE Institute (focused on working with non-governmental organizations in developing countries to foster well-being and empowerment of individuals, organizations, and communities). France also carried out health-related research projects domestically and internationally, including projects in Mexico, Moldova, Russia, and Vietnam, served as a coordinator of educational outreach programs for UCSD Cancer Center, guest lectured about osteoporosis prevention throughout schools in San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as served as a lecturer at Ashford University, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, and University of Phoenix. She has a broad knowledge base related to the field of public health, international health, and health policy.
Director of Operations
Thu Vuong graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. In her undergraduate years, Ms. Vuong was involved in Pre-Pharmacy Society on campus which offers pre-pharmacy students volunteering opportunities, mentorship programs, and monthly meetings to expand their knowledge of the profession.
In 2015, Ms. Vuong discovered Asian Pacific Health Foundation (APHF) and has been with the foundation until present. She has served as a volunteer, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, and is currently the Program Manager to oversee the coordinators, volunteer training, and volunteer program. During the summer of 2017 when APHF underwent an executive committee transition, Ms. Vuong pioneered a new system and program for future volunteers. She implemented an orientation training session, contract, application and screening process, and guidelines as a part of the new system. In addition, she has extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of each station and understands how to fully operate each machine. Ms. Vuong’s mission with APHF is to always ensure the patient is safe, comfortable, and is fully satisfied with their care at our outreaches. If you would like to learn more about the organization, volunteering experiences, and/or interviewing process, please do not hesitate to reach out to her! You can reach her at email@example.com.
Director of Information Technology
James Pham graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 2013. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Pham was a Technical Support Technician for the Beckman Laser Institute, focusing on providing IT support to physicians, postdocs, scholars, researchers, and administration. Currently, he is a Senior Software Systems Engineer for Systems Integrated (SI) in San Diego, CA. During his first two years, Mr. Pham upgraded the entire IT infrastructure at SI San Diego and SI Orange to fully utilize all system resources via virtualization technology and cloud computing. Today, Mr. Pham specializes in many R&D projects to draft computer architecture and engineering plans, script new methods for automation, and upgrade and deliver new software products that meet and exceed industrial automation protocols.
Mr. Pham joined Asian Pacific Health Foundation (APHF) during the summer of 2017 as APHF underwent an executive committee transition. During this time, Mr. Pham worked closely with the Executive Committee to design the next-generation IT infrastructure for the upcoming years: website, logo, digital flyers and media, digital and electronic fundraising, HIPAA-compliant email, data-storage, and Electronic Health Records, and APHF online digital office (VOIP and electronic fax).
Mr. Pham continues to help with outreach logistics and operations and acts as the main point of contact for any IT/EHR-related issues.
Nguyen Vo, Pharm.D. Candidate
Hi I'm Nguyen Vo, 4th year Pharmacological Chemistry at UCSD and aspiring pharmacist! I am one of the volunteer and health fair coordinators here at APHF, and I hope to foster a health conscience community through patient education. I enjoy cooking southeast Asia food and tinkering with electronics in my spare time.
Kim Chi Nguyen, Pharm.D. Candidate
Kim Chi Nguyen graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology, and a Minor in Psychology. She is currently a first-year pharmacy student at the University of California, San Francisco and aspires to be an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. Kim Chi joined the Asian Pacific Health Foundation in 2016 as a general volunteer, and became a Volunteer Coordinator in 2017. She now serves as a Project Manager of External Affairs.
Phong Nguyen, Pharm.D. Candidate
I'm a long time resident of San Diego and a graduate of UCSD. I hope to carry my interests in biology onto a career in the health sciences. My other hobbies including reading, cooking, drawing, and trivia.
Project Manager - Internal Affairs
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Dr. Andrew Liu, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew Liu, is a statistical analyst for APHF. He works for Cymer as an algorithm engineer.
Dr. Joey Brodin, Pharm.D.
Outreach Operations Manager
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Dr. Tram Nguyen, Pharm.D., MBA
Outreach Operations Manager
Tram Nguyen, PharmD, MBA is the Founder & CEO of a startup consulting corporation, Track MTM. Besides being an entrepreneur, she is a multilingual specialist and has various leadership roles in team training and mentoring. She is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in areas of pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, and academia research. Among her publications, she received a bronze medal award for an abstract submission of “CMS Star Ratings Quality Metrics Data Analysis” and presented at Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) annual conference in 2015.
Minh Thuan Tran
Clinical Practice Manager
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Dr. Albertino Tran, Pharm.D., BCGP
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Megan graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2018 majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. As an undergraduate student, she was involved with academic and industry research, in addition to leadership roles within on-campus organizations such as Greek life, Alternative Breaks @ UCSD, and CARE at SARC. She was drawn to APHF's dedication to providing accessible health care screenings, and education, to those underrepresented. She aspires to become a clinical pharmacist to enhance patient care by providing service that coincides with the patient's needs and interests.
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Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Tam graduated from El Camino Community College in 2017 with Associate Degrees in General and Physical Sciences. She is currently attending University of California, San Diego and will graduate in Spring 2019 with a B.A in Global Health. Tam joined Asian Pacific Health Foundation in 2018 and hopes to reduce the health disparities gap by promoting patient education and empowerment.
Vivian graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2018 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Through her involvement in UCSD Pre-Pharmacy Society, she learned about the wide range of volunteer opportunities that APHF offered, prompting her to join the foundation in 2017. Her passion to help the community and desire to promote patient education have grown even more after becoming a member of APHF. Furthermore, she enjoys hiking and sketching in her spare time.
David graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2019 with a B.S. in Human Biology and is currently pursuing a career in medicine. During his years as a UCSD student he was involved in research in barriers to receiving medical care for Hepatitis patients and has lead student organizations such as Pre-medical APAMSA and Team HBV. His passion to help underserved communities gain access to healthcare if what drove him to be involved in APHF and he hopes that his experiences with APHF will make him the best primary care physician he can be.
Kevin graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2018 with a B.S. in Management Science and is currently pursuing a career in medicine. In college he was involved in service-related organizations, leading both local and international trips to address social justice issues. Currently studying liver disease, he understands the importance of APHF in providing these preventive screenings for patients. APHF has both provided him the opportunity to continue to serve the San Diego community directly, as a volunteer, and, as a program intern, learn how to further grow the organization.
Kevin graduated from Brandeis University in 2018 double majoring in Neuroscience and Biology. During his college career, he was involved with academic research in memory as well as cancer while leading student organizations such as FIMRC and KSA. He hopes to fully embody APHF’s mission to advance health and wellness for the vulnerable and underserved communities in San Diego by becoming an active member and spreading the enthusiasm to serve others. Through APHF, he will strive to better himself in order to become a compassionate physician.
Tran Bui, Pharm.D. Candidate
Tran Bui is currently a second-year pharmacy student at UCSD - Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Ms. Bui went to UC Irvine to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Biology Science. She is currently working as an intern pharmacist at Walgreens. Also, she is joining Dr. Kayla Giang in her project to access the prevalence and awareness of San Diego population, especially people who are 50 and older, about osteoporosis.
Outside of working and studying, Ms. Bui loves traveling and trying new recipes with her friends and family. What she likes is not only the taste of the food she tries, but also the culture and story behind each dish.
A SoCal native, Lauren was born in Orange County and raised in San Diego. She graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a research fellowship at the USC Health Emotion and Addiction Laboratory, publishing a paper and presenting the findings at the International Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference.
Lauren has dedicated 2,000+ hours to community service, with a passion for healthcare and teaching. Lauren has also spent one year at the UCLA School of Dentistry before deciding to work for a biotechnology firm and apply to Medical School. Outside of working and studying, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, and looking up new recipes to try.
Vien Thi Kim Nguyen
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Rebecca graduated from University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology and minored in Education and Global Public Health. Because of her interest in patient education and access to health services, she appreciates being able to serve communities in San Diego, where she grew up, through APHF. In the future, she hopes to continue addressing health disparities and promoting prevention in healthcare.
Diana graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2018 with a B.A in General Biology. She currently works as a medical scribe at Palomar Medical Center. Diana joined Asian Pacific Health Foundation in 2019 after she heard of the wonderful opportunities APHF has to offer. She plans to eventually apply for medical school.
Trinity graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Human Biology. Presently, she works as an Emergency Department medical scribe and holds a Leadership Team position within the Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship program. As a second-generation Vietnamese American, she has witnessed how low income and language barriers have hindered her family member's access to healthcare. APHF has given her the opportunity to serve San Diego community members who may be in similar positions. She looks forward to enhancing her ability to provide empathetic patient care, in addition to expanding APHF's services and resources.