A Houston doctor, who completed clinical rotations in El Paso in 2002, has committed a generous gift to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso that will benefit students during the university’s upcoming fall semester.
The gift was announced as part of National Doctors’ Day appreciation activities.
David D. Nguyen, M.D., a TTUHSC Lubbock alumnus, is an interventional pain management specialist in Houston who is board certified in emergency medicine, anesthesiology and pain management. He generously contributed a $43,000 gift to TTUHSC El Paso after visiting this past summer. It was his first visit to the Sun City in 18 years.
Dr. Nguyen’s final years of medical school in the early 2000s involved clinical work in El Paso, home to the Texas Tech School of Medicine regional campus that would eventually become today’s TTUHSC El Paso.
“I had a wonderful experience in my last two years of medical school at the regional campus in El Paso, and today I want to pay it forward to students who need financial support to continue their journey to become physicians,” Dr. Nguyen said. “When I returned to El Paso last summer, it was nice to see how the city changed for the better – the same applies to the TTUHSC El Paso campus.”
His gift will help the Foster School of Medicine with student scholarships and excellence funds that enhance the growth of faculty. As a symbol of appreciation, TTUHSC El Paso will name a study room after Dr. Nguyen in the new Medical Sciences Building II, which will be home to the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, research and student service facilities, and additional Foster School of Medicine classrooms.
“I hope my gift will inspire other alumni like me to give back to the place where we all got our medical education to serve patients and families,” Dr. Nguyen said.
Advanced education is a family affair for Dr. Nguyen, who has four siblings: two engineers and two dentists. He was born and raised in Houston.
In 2000, when Dr. Nguyen came to El Paso, the Foster School of Medicine was just an idea. The school opened in 2009 with 40 students and has evolved over the years as a leader in culturally competent, clinically focused education thanks to early clinical experiences for students and a focus on community service. Currently, there are 612 Foster School of Medicine graduates who have become or are on their way to becoming practicing physicians.