Meet Dr. Vannhu Nguyen, urologist
Fri, Jun 18, 2021
Ask any doctor about why he or she pursued a career in medicine. You’ll likely get a range of colorful answers. It’s a good bet, however, that not many of them would say they pursued medicine after being inspired by working with the homeless.
That’s what happened with Dr. Vannhu Nguyen, a urologist with Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons. She was inspired to pursue a medical career after working with homeless people as an undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley.
“In college I was a double major in biology and English because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” Nguyen says. “But it was after volunteering for a homeless clinic in college and really wanting to help people be healthier and help people have a better quality of life that that became really important to me.”
Her interest in helping others inspired Nguyen to receive a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley.
That was her first step toward a career in medicine.
“When I was getting my master’s in public health I worked with a lot of physicians and learned different aspects of health care and decided that getting a medical degree would open up a lot of opportunities for me,” Nguyen says.
She attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her plan was to become a family doctor, she says. But those plans quickly changed.
“I did a urology elective as a rotation,” Nguyen says. “The urologists I worked for seemed really happy and fun and it made me want to work with those types of people. I already really liked that urology has a lot of different diseases that we treat. We’re specialists but there’s a wide range of problems and a lot of treatment options. Some of them are behavioral, some of them involve medicine, some of them involve surgery and so there’s a lot of different options to help patients.”
After medical school, Nguyen completed her residency at the University of Minnesota. She began her career as a urologist with Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons shortly afterwards.
“I really like improving people’s quality of life,” Nguyen says. “If you have a kidney stone and it’s giving you severe pain and I’m able to take out the stone to get rid of your pain, that’s very satisfying to me.”
Nguyen sees patients in Green Bay and Two Rivers and is board certified by the American Board of Urology.
She says she cares deeply for her patients.
“I really try to treat patients as family members and sometimes that’s hard because it’s not always good news or easy,” she says. “But I try to treat the patient like I would care for a family member.”
Outside of seeing and treating patients, Nguyen likes to spend time with her family and friends and play card games like Euchre, she says. She also enjoys reading.
“I’ve always been an avid reader ever since I was a child and that’s kind of one of the reasons why I was an English major in college,” Nguyen says. “I just loved stories and how stories can connect people.”
But that’s not all.
“The other thing I love to do is travel,” she says. “That’s probably my biggest passion. We like to travel a lot to national parks, go hiking and explore different cultures. They’re all important to me and my children.”
Nguyen’s first experience traveling was when she was just 4 years old. Nguyen and her parents immigrated from Vietnam to the United States.
“I grew up in California,” she says. “My dad was a gardener and my mother was a seamstress. We lived in an apartment and my parents worked really hard. I was the eldest. My parents were working 60 to 80 hours a week to make ends meet and it made me who I am.”
Wisconsin is now home to Nguyen. She’s even a converted Green Bay Packers fan.
“I really like it. It’s a great place to raise a family and be in the outdoors for the short period of time that we actually get summer,” she says. “It’s nice. It’s a slower pace of life here.”
Dr. Vannhu Nguyen is a board-certified urologist with Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons. She sees patients in Green Bay and Two Rivers.
About Aurora BayCare
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.
About Aurora Health Care
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.