Dr. Luan Nguyen – Class of 1997

This month we catch up with Dr. Luan Nguyen who, after graduating from medical school and finishing his residency, has returned home to provide his services to the people of Guam.

What did you do in the year following HS Graduation?

I attended the University of Maryland, College Park. I majored in biology, as well as played Division I tennis for the Terrapins.

Can you tell us about the career path you chose after college?

I graduated from Spartan medical school, and finished my family medicine residency at Mount Carmel Health System in Ohio. After residency, I received additional training and became board certified in aesthetic medicine.

During my few years as a physician, there were many times I did not have an answer for my patients’ ailments. Even the specialists at times could not resolve their symptoms. I decided to join Nova Medical Group in Virgnia which was an integrative practice with naturopaths, acupuncturists, dietitians, wellness coaches, and a medical spa so that I could evolve and find answers to the long standing questions traditional medicine could not.

With the opening of the new American Medical Center in Mangilao, an opportunity opened up for me to provide these services in Guam. After 18 years away, I found my way back home.

What do you love most about your job?

The people of Guam have so much gratitude when they visit our clinic. This fuels me to work even harder and provide the best service possible. Also, I have a wonderful and caring staff, which makes work a lot more enjoyable.

Outside of work, what other activities/organizations are you involved in and why?

I play basketball and tennis. Enjoy my time with my wife, Anh. Taking care of our newborn, Ava. I hope to bring the Walk with a Doc program to connect with community and provide an avenue for the people of Guam to stay healthy.

Do you still keep in touch with your St. John’s School friends?

To be honest, I could have done much better to keep in touch with classmates. However, I believe when you spend that much time with classmates from kindergarten to graduation, you develop a strong emotional connection that transcends time and distance. For the last few months, I have enjoyed reconnecting with alumni living in Guam.

What experiences from High School are the most memorable?

Our first tennis championship in 1997. Studying late night with friends. I am very grateful to my teachers that have challenged me, and the principals that have disciplined me. I am grateful for being surrounded by colleagues that have high aspirations. I believe those were key factors in developing a hard work ethic and the drive to succeed.

Anything else you would like to add?

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind” – The Dhammapada

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