Hello! My name is Dr. Daniel Nguyen, and I'm a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Ming Medical Offices. I hope you will take a moment to read more about me, why I chose to become a physician, and how I approach taking care of my young patients. Finding a doctor you can partner with to care for your children is an important step in giving them a healthy start in life.
I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States when I was 9 years old. I actually grew up just south of here in the San Fernando Valley. When I was in college, I was intrigued by the medical missionary work of my uncle, who was a family practice physician. He traveled to different countries caring for people as he ministered to them. His compassion for others and his example drew me to the work of medicine. I attended UCLA for college and then went on to Tulane School of Medicine in Louisiana before finishing my residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. When it came time to choose where to practice, I wanted to be part of Kaiser Permanente because I believed in the commitment to preventive care, in the goal of not just treating disease, but helping people create healthier lives.
My practice is child-focused, which seems unusual to have to say for a pediatrician, but I don't want to talk around or over the children. I want to get the children to participate in their care and encourage them to develop healthy habits early on. Partnering with the parents is an important part of doing that.
I thrive through my faith and my family — my wife and daughter. I'm committed to taking care of myself, because if we as physicians don't take care of ourselves, we can't take good care of our patients.