Thanh Nga’s Blog Post for International Year of Light 2015

The International Year of Light 2015 is a UNESCO initiative focusing on the applications and benefits of light science. Thanh Nga participated in the Opening Ceremony in January in Paris to give a presentation about VAC’s work. She wrote a follow-up article for the International Year of Light 2015 blog.

Vietnam VAC has been improving the state of dermatopathology in Ho Chi Minh City, which started with only one doctor, an old microscope, and was using candle wax for embedding. We provided training for physicians in the United States, obtained donated equipment, and held courses in dermatology, laser medicine and pathology. Over the past 6 years, the center has treated over 2,000 children on a free, safe, and effective basis.

Thanh Nga to Speak at the Laser 2015 Conference

Thanh-Nga will be the featured International Year of Light Speaker at the Laser 2015 Annual Conference to take place in January 2015 in Paris, France. She will speak about VietnamVAC in a presentation entitled, “From Vietnam to the US and Back Again: Helping Kids with Disfiguring Vascular Birthmarks in Vietnam, a Humantarian Medical Collaboration”.

March 2014 Report

Dear Friends of Vietnam VAC,

With great excitement, we would like to share with you our first Vietnam VAC newsletter! We had a wonderful and successful trip to Vietnam last month (Feb 9-14, 2014), filled with patient care, teaching, camaraderie and wonderful memories, including the images of 30 parents and children whom Vietnam VAC has helped and who personally came to thank us during our 5th anniversary celebration. We gained new members (from all over the US and also Korea) who joined in our effort to help the children: Drs. Denise Metry & Howard Pride (pediatric dermatologists), Dr. Bruce Smoller (dermatopathologist), Dr. Anton Hasso (interventional radiologist), and Dr. Ju Hee Lee (dermatologist/laser expert). Two wonderful residents from Harvard (Dr. Brooke Eastham) as well as Canada (Dr. Faisal Alsubhi) also attended the conference and clinics. We are fortunate to have a new corporate sponsor, Lutronic Corporation, who made a generous donation of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for pigmented lesions, which is much needed to keep up with the volume of patients that we see. To keep you abreast of our activities at the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center, please read a summary of the Vietnam trip. As you can see from the summary, we did accomplish a lot in the short time we were there and also managed to have tons of fun. Our deepest thanks to you for your generous support and for caring for the children of Vietnam!

We also would like to highlight that our activities at Vietnam VAC were filmed and shown on national Vietnamese TV on Feb 28. Below are the two YOUTUBE web links of the TV clip. Sorry, it is all in Vietnamese, but hopefully you can see in the images what we did in Vietnam.

And in case you haven’t heard enough about Vietnam VAC, Thanh Nga is giving a talk at the Massachusetts Medical Society International Dinner (also a fundraiser for our clinic) about the activities of Vietnam VAC. We would love your presence and support. Please view the brochure or see below for more information.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aegean Restaurant
257 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA
Cost to attend this event is $30 per adult and $10 per child.
Please contact Jill Cricones at (781) 434-7372 or
jcricones at mms.org Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Thuy Phung at Connect Global Health Conference

The Houston Global Health Collaborative is holding their 2nd annual Connect Global Health Conference at Baylor College of Medicine. The CONNECT CONFERENCE 2014 is a gathering of interdisciplinary health professionals in the greater Houston and Gulf Coast areas who are working in Global Health. Thuy Phung was invited to speak about our work at the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center in Ho Chi Minh City at this event. Find out more.