Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc

Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology

Dr. NguyenMcGaw Memorial Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute
University of Nebraska Medical Center 

Curriculum Vitae

Board Certified in:


  • Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation
  • Diseases and surgery of the retina including:
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Diabetic macular edema 

Clinic Locations:
UNMC Physicians Eye Specialists 


  • College: Yale University, 1989
  • Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , 1993
  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1994
  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary             
    • Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, 1997
  • Fellowships:
    • 1997-1998 Immunology and Uveitis
      • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
      • Heed Foundation Award
    • 1998-1999 Ocular Immunology
      • Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Hospitals
    • 1999-2001 Medical and Surgical Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous
      • Schepens Eye Research Institute
      • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School   

Philosophy of Care: 

Dr. Nguyen is a retina surgeon and uveitis expert who specializes in the treatment of retinal conditions and ocular inflammation. He is the principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials investigating new treatments for retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and ocular inflammation. His goal is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art ophthalmic care to his patients. 

Professional Interests:

Dr. Quan Dong Nguyen currently holds the McGaw Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Prior to being chosen for the chairmanship at Nebraska, Dr. Nguyen was Associate Professor of Ophthalmology for Diseases of the Retina, Vitreous, and Uveitis, at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Dr. Nguyen received his baccalaureate from the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire and his bachelor and master of science degrees simultaneously in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  Subsequently, he earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Nguyen also completed fellowships in immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, ocular immunology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Dr. Nguyen has received many commendations and awards, including the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award; the Charles L. Schepens, MD, Award for Excellence in Retina Research; the National Eye Institute Career Development Award; the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Heath RO1 and R24 Awards; the Foundation Fighting Blindness Research Award for Macular Degeneration; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Innovative Award; the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award; the American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award; the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician Scientist Award; and the Carl Camras Translational Research Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Nguyen serves as principal investigator on several clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute and other organizations for macular edema (from diabetes and uveitis), neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ocular inflammatory and uveitic diseases, as well as co-investigator on numerous other clinical trials involving novel therapeutic agents.  Dr. Nguyen chairs the United States multi-center READ-2 and READ-3 studies, evaluating the potential role of VEGF antagonists for diabetic macular edema.  He is also leading the SAVE and SAVE-2 studies to evaluate the role of an mTOR inhibitor in uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases.

Dr. Nguyen has been elected to many prestigious national and international professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the American Uveitis Society, the International Ocular Inflammation Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.    At the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Nguyen served on the Admissions Committee, the Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, and the Student Assessment and Program Evaluation Committee, among others.  Dr. Nguyen was also the Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Nguyen has been very active in Vietnamese medical professional organizations since 1992 when he was still a medical student.  In 2004, Dr. Nguyen became the first US medical school graduate to lead the Vietnamese American Medical Association (VAMA) as President; Dr. Nguyen was re-elected as President of the VAMA in 2007 and served until 2010. Dr. Nguyen also served as President of the Vietnamese Medical Association of the Free World from 2005 to 2008.

Dr. Nguyen has also been very active in helping to enhance and promote activities of the International Ocular Inflammation Society.  Most recently, Dr. Nguyen co-chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the 2011 IOIS Congress in Goa and has been elected to serve on the 2012-2014 IOIS Executive Committee.  

Years of Practice: 12

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