Project TVD is proud to host Dr. Ngoc Tran to study in the US for the next 4 months. She will start at Mayo Clinic Florida on Feb 28, 2022. During her 3 months in Jacksonville, Dr. Ngoc will rotate through gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology and pathology. As part of her study, will attend the annual meeting for SGO (Society of Gynecologic Oncology) and ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncologists). She will then spend the last several weeks of June in Reno, NV, with Dr. Peter Lim, a gyn oncologist and master gynecologic surgeon. Thank you, Dr. Lim for hosting Ngoc, and thank you to Dr. Linda Van Le and UNC-Chapel Hill for sponsoring her trip to ASCO.
We’ve obviously not done any travelling, but we still did work to help and train our colleagues in Da Nang
We continued partnering with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) to train gynecologic oncology physicians in Da Nang. This is part of the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program. https://igcs.org/mentorship-and-training-vietnam/. Throughout the year, via the IGCS, there is program of weekly tutorials and monthly tumor board for our fellows at the Da Nang Oncology Hospital (DOH). International Mentors for this program are Drs. Joseph Ng (National University Hospital Singapore), Linda VanLe (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Tri Dinh (Mayo Clinic Florida). Dr. Quy Tran, the director of DOH, is the local supervisor.
• IGCS Gyn Oncology Fellow, Dr. Tran Thi Nhu Quynh, completed her 6 months fellowship in Singapore. Timeframe was March 2021 to September 2021. She had to quarantine on each end of the fellowship. She has now returned to work at Da Nang Oncology Hospital as of the end of October . Dr. Ngoc actually graduated from the fellowship shortly before her rotation in Singapore. She had to complete an oral exam given by international gyn oncology experts (who were not members of the faculty in Da Nang) via zoom as part of her certification.
• The second fellow, Dr. Phan Thi Hong Ngoc, started her fellowship in gyn oncology in February 2020 and will be in the U.S. Feb – Jun 2022 to train with Dr. Tri Dinh and Dr. Linda VanLe. She is in the process of applying for a visa to travel.
• Dr. Tri Dinh was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by IGCS at the Annual Meeting in September 2021. Tri says “this is an amazing honor for me and for all of us in TVD.” Please refer to the link https://igcs.org/awards/global-humanitarian-award/
• TVD received an award of $10,000 from the John P McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for a posthumous award for Dr. Tung Van Dinh, that’s our father! He began to connect physicians in Da Nang and the US in the late 1990’s. His efforts are the beginning of what is Project TVD today and the story is detailed here The Story
See below on how we plan to use this amazing award! Also, please refer to the award link Posthumous Award in Oslerian Medicine.
Updates on Vietnam and the pandemic
• We heard from Dr. Tran Dinh Vinh, the director of the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children, regarding the status of the pandemic in Da Nang. Da Nang was not affected by the second wave as much as Hanoi and Saigon (HCM City). As of mid-October, 2021, he reports that 90% of the Da Nang population has had their first dose of the vaccine, and 10% has received both doses.
Plans for 2022
• We have decided on July 18-22, 2022 for the next Project TVD trip. We ask that team members be present in Da Nang by Sunday July 17, 2022. Based on the impacts of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, a final decision will be made in late March 2022 and an email will be sent out to the group on April 1, 2022. For now, we will proceed with planning for the July 18-22, 2022 week, but will ask volunteers to hold off on booking flights. If you are thinking about going, please let me know by replying to the email.
• Dr. Vinh from Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children has inquired about sending 2 doctors to UTMB for training. We will use the UTMB posthumous grant honoring my father Dr. Tung Van Dinh to fund this program. We can’t imagine a more fitting use for this generous grant from my late father’s colleagues at UTMB. Dr. Gayle Olson, a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at UTMB, and a Project TVD regular (she has gone 7 years and counting!) will look into sponsoring the 2 physicians at UTMB.
Please join us to work along side your Vietnamese colleagues. We ask that you email Tri Dinh if you plan to come at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please arrive in Da Nang by Sunday July 17, 2022. Prepare to work hard during the day and have an amazing time in the evening with new and old friends. The food will be superb, so bring an appetite. Also, we will arrange volunteer and touring activities for you and your family. Given the pandemic situation, we will monitor the situation and make a decision by April 1, 2022 (3 months before the trip) if there are any changes.
Project TVD is paying tuition for 2 physicians from Da Nang Oncology Hospital (Benh Vien Ung Buou Da Nang) to learn English from instructors who are native speakers. We feel that this is an invaluable skill for a physician similar to learning how to do surgery or auscultating heart sounds. With a command of English, the de facto language of medicine, these physicians will be able to communicate with their colleagues from other countries, keep up with new medical developments, and even publish their observations and findings in international journals. These 2 young young physicians are gynecologic oncology fellows in the IGCS sponsored training program. Their English skills will serve them well during their months of study abroad as part of their training.
With heavy hearts, but not seeing any other reasonable option, we are cancelling the Project TVD trip to Da Nang, Vietnam this year. Our work week, scheduled for August 10-14, is coming up fast; thus, we feel the need to make a decision early given the many responsibilities that we all have to our family and our work.
This year’s trip would probably have broken records for the number of team members. The hospitals in Da Nang were looking forward to hosting us. Myn Demmon and Mimi Dinh have planned great activities for you and your families.
However, with the Covid-19 situation still so unsettled in the US, it does not appear that we can make a commitment to go, and we should let our friends and colleagues in Da Nang know sooner rather than later. Tri recently communicated with one of our physician friends in Da Nang and life there is slowly returning to normal. Schools are opening up again for students, having been closed since the Tet holidays in late January. Our colleagues in Da Nang follow the situation in the US closely and they often wished that they can do something to help us in the US.
Although we are unable to go to Vietnam in 2020, we are not stopping our engagement with Da Nang. We hope to sponsor some Vietnamese physicians to the US for “mini-sabbaticals” later as the travel restriction eases. We will keep you updated!
We will return again to Da Nang and work alongside our friends soon; we’ll email you again once we have set a date for 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and take care of yourself and your family.
The date for project TVD 2020 work week is August 10-14, 2020 . We ask that our volunteers arrive in Da Nang by Sunday August 9, 2020 for a meeting. We are tentatively scheduled to stay at the Pullman Resort on beautiful China Beach again!
Our work was recently featured in the magazine of Monmouth University. Thank you to Dean Robin Mama for being the person who got us linked up with the great volunteers from Monmouth U. Read about us at
The dates for the 2018 Project TVD work week in Da Nang are May 28-June 1, 2018 (Monday – Friday). This includes Memorial Day. We ask that you arrive in Da Nang by Sunday, May 27th. Hotels and other details TBD. See you in Da Nang!
We were in Da Nang from July 3-7, 2017 working at all 3 hospitals. There were 10 physicians total working at Da Nang General Hospital, Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children, and the Da Nang Oncology Hospital. At the General Hospital, we had physicians working in Cardiology, Plastics Surgery/ Dermatology, and Radiology. Gary Goble, a volunteer from RAD-AID went also to evaluate Da Nang General as a site for a PACS (radiology image storage) system. Our work week also overlapped slightly with those of our friends from the Children’s Genital Reconstruction Project. It was great to see Greig and Na Huong Craft, Dr. Roberto DeCastro and his fellow Italian urologists again. The surgeries and symposium went great at the Hospital for Women and Children. Finally, we launched the IGCS gyn oncology fellowship at the Da Nang Oncology Hospital with Dr. Quynh (Tran Thi Nhu Quynh) as the first fellow!
The children’s craft project was a success with a great team consisting of Mimi Dinh and the Frey family- Mom Danielle and Hadley and Kieran. Hadley and Kieran had sold lemonade in Jacksonville to raise funds to buy the crafts supplies!
So many good memories and new friends on this trip. The karaoke wasn’t bad either!