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Faculty:  


Tam Nguyen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor, Audiology, Speech and Hearing Science

 

  

Patient Appointments:
ENT Clinic: 806-743-4115
Clinic Location:
ENT Clinic: Pavillion 4th Floor

 

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Biography

Associate Professor of Surgery, joining Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2005 and graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1998. He completed his Otolaryngology Residency in 2003. Dr. Nguyen is a Fellowship-trained surgeon in Otology and Neurotology from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and in Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery and Advanced Rhinology from Rush University. He is also completing a PhD in electrical engineering specializing in wireless and wearable biosensors technologies.

He was an electrical engineer for 10 years before attending medical school with a B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E from Univ. of Michigan and Univ. of Maryland. He was fascinated by Cochlear implantation technologies from the beginning and had picked otolaryngology as his interested field of practice. He is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Otolarylngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

  Clinical Interests

Head and neck surgery, endocrine (thyroid and minimal invasive radioguided parathyroid surgeries), robotic surgeries, image guided skull base and sinus surgeries, maxillofacial trauma and cutanous malignancy reconstructive surgeries, cochlear implantation, BAHA and novice hearing restoration techniques.

  Educational Interests

My career goal is to develop a comprehensive department here at Tech. My research interest is in applying mathematical modeling to solving bio-engineering problems, in colloboration with the Math. Dept. at Texas Tech. Other areas of interest to me are: Auditory physiology, IC neuroprosthesis, cochlear implant, brainstem implant, gene therapy, and knowledge-based genetic analysis for microarrays and clinical trials.

Education:

    • Fellowship(s):
      Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery and Advanced Rhinology, Rush University, Chicago, 2004-2005
      Otology and Neurotology, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2003-2004
    • Residency:
      Otolaryngology residency: Wayne State University, Detroit, 1998-2003

  • Medical School:
    Wayne State University, Detroit, 1998

 

Certifications:

The American Board of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2005

Research Interests:

Auditory physiology, RF and wireless technologies in biomedical engineering, IC neuroprosthesis, cochlear implant, novel vestibular implants, bioengineering modeling and head and neck clinical trials.

Current Research Projects:

IRB approved: Fall detection stratifications, quantifications of noise level from middle ear instrumentation, multi-institutional stroke prevalence study in neck dissection patients, novel vaccine deliveries for HPV related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, middle ear surgeries using the fiber-optic handheld Gold laser system, wireless electro-vestibulography - External funding: Texas Instruments

Representing Department of Surgery in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Delegation to The Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine, Vietnam, The School of Medicine and Allied Health of the Vietnam National University and The University of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy of Can Tho, Vietnam. Invited Speaker for Symposium on Endoscopic Paranasal Sinus and Skull Base Surgical Techniques to be hosted by The University of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy of Can Tho, Vietnam

Technical Committee member: IEEE BIO Circuits and Systems (BIOCaS)

Recent Funding:

Co-developed a RF Biosensor Laboratory at the Department of Surgery and Department of Electrical Engineering. Current research efforts include: Algorithm and Wireless based Fall Prediction and Detection, Noncontact Vital signs Acquisitions using Phased Arrays Techniques, Cadaver based Vestibular Modifiers Modeling, Instrumentation for Middle Ear Surgeries Minimizing Noise Induced Threshold Shift. All are interdepartmentally collaborative with the Department of audiology and Hearing Sciences, Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.)

T. Nguyen, S. Zupancic, and A. Dentino and D. Lie. Fall dynamics and prevention using both accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. Combined Grant from Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dept. of Surgery

T.Nguyen, S. Zupancic and D. Lie. Electro-Cochleagraphy in portable headset sensors: a pilot study. Grant from Texas Instruments

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Col. Tam Nguyen. Vietnamese-American Army Reserve Soldiers reflect on Vietnam War, serving America in uniform. Story by Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabe | Army Reserve Medical Command | April 28, 2015. US Army Reserve Web. http://www.usar.army.mil/News/Display/Article/608819/vietnamese-american-army-reserve-soldiers-reflect-on-vietnam-war-serving-americ/


Peer Reviewed Publications

Nakano T., Nukala B., Zupancic S., Rodriguez a., Lie D., Lopez J., Nguyen T., Gaits Classification of Normal .vs. Patients by Wireless Gait Sensor and Support Vector Machine , International Journal of Intelligent Systems, invited for publications, 2016.

Nukala B., Tsay J., Lie D., Lopez J., and Nguyen T.,Excellent Wireless Transfer unto Tiny Coiul Using 4-Coil Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance ( SCMR) for Implantable Devices and Biosensors, Int. Journal of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineers, vol. 4, issue 2, Feb. 2016.

Nukala B., Tsay J., Lie D., Lopez J. , and Nguyen T., Efficient Near Field Inductive Wireless Power Transfer for Miniature Implanted Devices Using Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance at 5.8 GHz, Open Journal of Applied Biosensor, 2016.

Nukala B., Shibuya N., Rodriguez A., Tsay J., Lopez J., Nguyen T. , Zupancic S. and Lie D., An Efficient and Robust Fall Detection System using Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor with Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) Algorithms, Open Journal of Applied Biosensor, 2015.

Das V., Donald, Lie D. and Nguyen T., A Fully Integrated Low Noise CMOS Instrumentation Amplifier Design for Low-Power Biosensors, J.Biosensors,2014.

Lie D., Das V., Hu W., Liu Y. and Nguyen T., A Low-Power CMOS Analog Front-End IC with Dual AC/DC-Coupled Paths for Bio-Sensing, accepted for J. of Biosensors, 2013

Hu W., Liu Y., Nguyen T., Lie D. and Ginsburg B., An 8-bit Single-Ended Ultra-Low-Power SAR ADC with a Novel DAC Switching Method and Counter-Based Digital Control Circuitry. Accepted for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems, 2013

Hu W., Liu Y, Das V., Schecht C., Nguyen T., and Lie D., An Ultra-Low Power Interface CMOS IC Design for Biosensor Applications, Invited Paper, IEEE Comm., 2012

strong>Nguyen T., Zupancic S, and Lie D., Engineering Challenges in Cochlear Implantation, IEEE Mag. Special Issues in Biomed. Engr., IEEE CASS Mag., 2012

Nguyen T., Physician and Circuits and Systems Engineer: a Personal Perspective, IEEE Mag. Special Issues in Biomed. Engr., IEEE CASS Mag., 2012

Mane S., et al., A Novel Use of RFID Technology for the Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infection, IEEE Comm. Mag., 2011

Hu W., Lu T., T. Nguyen and D. Lie, Ultralow-Power Analog Front-End Circuits and System Design for an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), IEEE CSA;LiSSA 2011

Hu, W. Lie, D.Y.C. Kakade, M.U. Ichapurapu, R. Mane, S. Lopez, J. Li, Y. Li, C. Banister, R.E. Dentino, A. Nguyen, T., Zupancic, S. Griswold, J. An intelligent non-contact wireless monitoring system for vital signs and motion detection. 2010 International Conference on System Science and Engineering (ICSSE). 1-3 July 2010. Pp 190 -194.

Book Chapters

Monsell EM, Nguyen, T., Underlay tympanoplasty, Middle Ear and Mastoid Surgery, Haberman R., ed., Thieme, 2003

Labhatsetwar V., Schwenderman S., Nguyen, T. et al., Iontophoresis for modulating cardiac delivery of antiarrythmic agents. Frontiers in Cardiology, Molecular

Wood J., Diaz M., Bloem D., Nguyen, T. et al., Feedback control of antiarrythmic agents, Frontiers in Cardiology, Molecular Interventions and Local Drug Delivery, Edelman E., ed., W.B. Saunders, 1995

Book Reviews

Scientific Presentations

Hall T., Malone N., Tsay J., Lopez J., Nguyen, T. and , Lie D., Long-Term Vital Sign Measurement Using a Non-Contact Vital Sign Sensor inside an Office Cubicle Setting, 38th Int. Conf. IEEE-EMBC'16 , Orlando, FL, August 2016

Nakano T., Nukala B., Zupancic S., Rodriguez a., Lie D., Lopez J., Nguyen, T., Gaits Classification of Normal .vs. Patients by Wireless Gait Sensor and Support Vector Machine ( SVM) Classifier, Int. Conf. on Intelligent Machines, Japan, 2016

Nukala B., Tsay J., Lie D, Lopez J., and Nguyen, T., Excellent Wireless Power Transfer unto Tiny Coil Using 4-Coil Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) for Implantable Devices and Biosensors, ICRET’15, Austin, TX, 2016

Lie P., Lie D., and Nguyen, T., Comparison of Neural Network Based Fall Detection System Using Accelerators and Gyrometers with Commercial Posture Wearable Sensors, Proceedings of BioENG’15, WorldComp’16, Las Vegas, NV, 2015

Hall T., Nukala B., Stout C., Brewer N., Tsay J., Lopez J., Banister R., Nguyen, T., and Lie D., A Phased Array Non-Contact Vital Sign Sensor with Automatic Beam Steering, IEEE Int. Microwave Symposium, Pheonix, 2015

Nukala B., Shibuya N., Rodriguez A., Tsay J., Nguyen, T., Zupancic S. and Lie D., A Real-Time Fall Detection System Using a Wearable Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor and a Support Vector Machine Classifier, ICMU, Japan, 2015.

Nukala B., Shibuya N., Rodriguez A., Tsay J., Nguyen, T., Zupancic S. and Lie D., A Real-Time Robust Fall Detection System Using a Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor and an Artificial Neural Network, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EBMS) Int. Conference, Seattle, 2014

B. Nukala, A. Rodriguez, J. Tsay, Nguyen, T., S. Zupancic, and D.Y.C. Lie Evaluating Optimal Placement of Real-Time Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor with Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX. CISTI, Barcelona, 2014

T. Hall, G. Dominguez, J. Tsay, A. Boothby, J. Lopez, Nguyen, T. and D.Y.C. Lie Robust Phased Array Non-Contact Vital Signs Monitoring in an Office Cubicle Setting, Proc. 1st International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG 2014), Taipei, 2014

Wang J., Tran R, Cordero J. and Nguyen, T., Epithelial Inclusion Cyst of the Hypopharynx, Triological Society 117th Annual Meeting COSM, Las Vegas, 2014

Saadeh C., Cordero J. and Nguyen, T., Oncocytic Parathyroid Adenoma Presenting as Primary Hyperparathyroidism: a Case Report and Review of Literature, North Texas ACS, 2014

Nukala B., Rodriguez A., Tsay J., Nguyen, T., Zupancic S. and Lie D., Evaluating Optimal Placement of a Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor for Balance Disorders, WRS, 2014

Vighnesh Rudra Das, Donald Y.C. Lie, and Tam Nguyen.; A Fully Integrated Low Noise CMOS Instrumentation Amplifier Design for Low-Power Biosensors, IEEE 57th International MWSCAS, 2014

B. Nukala, T. Nguyen, D. Y. C. Lie, et al. Evaluating Optimal Placement of a Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor for Balance Disorders; World Congress on Biomechanics (WCB), Boston, 2014

B. Nukala, A. Rodriguez, J. Tsay, T. Nguyen, S. Zupancic, and D.Y.C. Lie. Evaluating Optimal Placement of Real-Time Wireless Gait Analysis Sensor with Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) CISTI, Barcelona, 2014

Das V., Tsay J., Boothby A., Nguyen T. et al, Accurate and Continuous Non-Contact Vital Signs Monitoring Using Phased Array Antennas in a Clutter-Free Anechoic Chamber, 35th International Conf. IEEE Conf. Engr. in Medicine and Biology Society, Osaka, Japan, Jul. 2013

Rodriguez, A., Tsay, J., Zupancic, S., Wang, J., Nguyen, T., Zahner, C., Gait Analysis Using a Body Worn Sensor. American Academy of Audiology: AudiologyNow! Convention, Anaheim, CA, 2013

Wang J., Cordero J., Tran R. and Nguyen T., Epithelial Inclusion Cyst in the Hypopharynx: a Rare Case, Annual Meeting, ACS North Dallas Chapter, 2013

Liu Y., Lie D., Hu W. and Nguyen T., An Ultralow-Power CMOS Transconductor Design with Wide Input Linear Range for Biomedical Applications, IEEE_ISCAS _2012

V. Das, A. Boothby, R. Hwang, T. Nguyen. J. Lopez and D. Lie, Antenna evaluation of a non-contact vital signs sensor for continuous heart and respiratory rate monitoring, IEEE Topical Conference on Biomedical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems ( BioWireleSS), pp. 13-16, 2012

Hu W., Nguyen T., Liu Y., and Lie D., Ultralow-Power analog front-end circuits and systems design for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, Proc. IEEE-NIH Life Science Systems and Applications Workshop, Bethesda, 2011

Jacob J., T. Nguyen, et al., A Fall Detection Study on the Sensors Placement Location and a Rule-Based Multi-Thresholds Algorithm, IEEE FUZZY, 2011, Taiwan

Hu W., Lu T., T. Nguyen and D. Lie, Ultralow-Power Analog Front-End Circuits and System Design for an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), IEEE CS_ LiSSA, 2011

D. Lie, R. Ichapurapu, S. Jain, J. Lopez, R. Banister, T. Nguyen and J. Griswold, A 2.4 GHz non-contact biosensor system for continuous monitoring of vital signs, Telemedicine Techniques and Applications, G. Graschew and S. Rakowsky (Ed), proceedings, InTech, 2011

Hu W., Lie D., Kakade U., Banister R., Nguyen T. et al.: An intelligent non-contact wireless monitoring system for vital signs and motion detection, Proc. Of the 2010 IEEE ICSSE, Taiwan, 2010

 

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