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March 2014 Newsletter

Mar 21, 2014   //   by admin   //   Press  //  Comments Off

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

Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Thuy Phung at Connect Global Health Conference

Mar 10, 2014   //   by admin   //   Press  //  Comments Off

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.

Thanh-Nga in Harvard Medical School newsletter

Sep 10, 2013   //   by admin   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

Thanh-Nga’s work with VietnamVAC is mentioned in an article, “Inspiring Service: HMS Physician Honored for Service to Vietnamese Children”, in the Harvard Medical School newsletter.

[Thanh-Nga] and her team members find continued sources of inspiration and personal satisfaction in the hundreds of children that they have successfully treated over the years.

“We love the children. And we have learned so much in the past five years. The ability to learn from each other, to exchange ideas, to set up a clinic from scratch and see it blooming, to be able to help jump start research and educational programs in dermatology in Vietnam, to give back, to help children who would go otherwise go through life with disfiguring birthmarks is tremendously rewarding”.

Full article

Thanh-Nga in journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Association

May 29, 2013   //   by tnt   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

Dermatology World, the official magazine of the American Academy of Dermatology Association, recognized Thanh-Nga for her work with Vietnam VAC.

For Vietnam-born Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologist Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran, MD, PhD, bringing modern methods for treating vascular anomalies to her native country is a deep, driving motivation. Since beginning work to modernize the treatment of hemangiomas and port wine stains in children, Dr. Tran has helped improve both education and patient outcomes for many of the country’s poorest residents.

 Link to the full article by John Carruthers, assistant editor, on May 1, 2013.


Thanh-Nga receives Community Service Award

May 29, 2013   //   by admin   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

Thanh-Nga Tran has been selected to receive the Harvard Medical School 2013 Dean’s Community Service Faculty Award for her work with VietnamVAC.

The award recognizes individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local and/or global community.

Recipients of the award are nominated. Selection for the award is made by an advisory committee composed of representatives of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Awards will be presented at the Dean’s Community Service Award Recognition Breakfast on June 11, 2013 at the Harvard Medical School campus.


Press coverage for 2012 gala

Feb 22, 2013   //   by tnt   //   Press  //  Comments Off

Massachusetts General Hospital newsletter has a report (on page 2) on Vietnam VAC’s benefit concert on December 1, 2012.

Recognition for Rox Anderson from the American Academy of Dermatology

Nov 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   Press  //  Comments Off

Our very own Rox Anderson was selected for a Member Making a Difference award by the American Academy of Dermatology. Here is the excerpt from Dermatology World magazine.

Press coverage for 2011 gala

Jan 27, 2012   //   by tnt   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

2011 article (page 2) on the Vietnam VAC’s Second Annual Benefit Concert

Press coverage for 2010 gala

Jan 14, 2011   //   by tnt   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

2010 article (page 2) on the Vietnam VAC’s December benefit concert

Press coverage on Dr. Phung’s work with the Vienam VAC

Apr 30, 2009   //   by tnt   //   News, Press  //  Comments Off

Read about our own Dr. Phung and her work with the VAC.