Featured Faculty, Staff, and Fellows

Inside Stanford Digestive Health - Winter/Spring 2023

Featured Faculty

Mindie H. Nguyen, MD, MAS, AGAF, FAASLD


Dr. Mindie H. Nguyen is Professor of Medicine, and by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health, Director for the Hepatology Fellowship and of the Hepatology Clerkship, a Member of the Appointment and Promotion Committee for the Professoriate Line, and a Diversity Advisor for Professoriate Faculty Search for the Department of Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen’s full bio is available at: https:// med.stanford.edu/profiles/mindie-nguyen

Her clinical and research focus has been liver cancer for the past 20+ years. She is a frequent lecturer for the management and prevention of liver cancer for care providers and researchers at regional, national and international conferences. She has published several key research papers to inform clinicians of the care and treatment of patients with liver cancer. Her other major commitment is to help train the next generation of well-informed, well-skilled, and compassionate doctors as well as dedicated and committed educators and researchers. She has mentored over 150 trainees from high-school students to faculty at Assistant/Associate Professor rank. The Professor Mindie H. Nguyen Award for Outstanding Clinical Research by Early Career Investigators by the AASLD honors Dr. Mindie H. Nguyen in recognition of her mentorship of several generations of students and trainees, and for her research on liver cancer in understudied populations (http://www.aasldfoundation.org/ award-programs/memorial-travel-award-program).

Clinical Expertise: Dr. Nguyen is an active clinician seeing patients three full days a week including a weekly outreach clinic in the San Jose area. Her clinical expertise includes liver tumor, liver cancer, and conditions placing patients at risk for liver cancer such as cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD/NASH), and viral hepatitis B or C. Appointments with Dr. Nguyen can be made by calling the Stanford Digestive Health Center at (650) 736-5555.

Scholarly Expertise: Dr. Nguyen conducts clinical trials, translational and clinical epidemiology as well as real- world studies in liver cancer, NAFLD, viral hepatitis, and cirrhosis. She is currently lead Principal Investigator for several multicenter national and international trials. She has also served in the editorial boards for several leading scientific journals and in leadership roles for several national and international professional societies.

Something About Me: Dr. Nguyen is originally from South Vietnam. She attended college at the University of California (UC) in Irvine, medical school and internal medicine residency at UC San Diego, graduate school in clinical research methods at UC San Francisco, GI Hepatology fellowship at Stanford, and she has been at Stanford since completion of her fellowship in 2002. In her free time, she enjoys, traveling, visiting art museum, gardening, watching movies and cooking shows.

Dr. Robert Huang, MD


Dr. Robert Huang was raised outside of Cleveland, OH as the oldest of three brothers. He lived in a semi-rural area, and his neighbors raised horses. He attended Harvard for his undergraduate studies, and Duke for medical school. He came to the Bay Area for internship, residency, GI fellowship, and advanced endoscopy fellowship—all at Stanford. He is currently an Instructor in the Division with an academic focus on GI cancer detection and prevention. Dr. Huang’s full bio is available at: https://profiles.stanford.edu/robert-huang

Clinical expertise: Dr. Huang is an advanced endoscopist who performs ERCP, EUS, luminal stenting, small bowel enteroscopy, among other procedures. He has a special interest in surveillance of gastric precancerous lesions (such as intestinal metaplasia and atrophic gastritis), and integrating guidelines and novel technologies into clinical practice.

Scholarly expertise: His research focus is GI cancer epidemiology, and he pursued a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology during his training. He enjoys performing both dataset-based research to address unaddressed clinical questions, as well as partnering with methodologic collaborators to discover and validate novel biological markers for cancer risk stratification. Through his research, he hopes to reduce GI cancer disparities.

Something about me: Dr. Huang has always been passionate about sports. Growing up, he was a fan of all the Cleveland professional sports teams (Guardians, Browns, Cavs) and since coming to Stanford he has been passionate about Stanford football.

Fellows' Corner

Nakia Chung, MD

Second Year Fellow

Nakia Chung was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to becoming a physician, Nakia was a nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), her master’s degree and family nurse practitioner certificate at DePaul University, and her PhD at UIC. She then decided to become a physician and earned her medical degree at UIC, briefly did an orthopaedic surgery residency in Michigan, and then returned to UIC to complete an internal medicine residency. Her most notable accomplishments during her early medical career included being first author on a book chapter in an orthopaedic surgery medical textbook, and having an article published in JAMA about acute hepatitis E. Her clinical and research interests are transplant hepatology; more specifically, health disparities in liver transplantation and predictors of renal recovery after transplant. Her interest in transplant hepatology was inspired by her father-in-law and the journey surrounding his liver transplant.

Since coming to Stanford, Nakia has had the wonderful opportunity to work with her mentor Dr. W. Ray Kim. She is currently under an R25 grant with Dr. Upinder Singh (infectious diseases), and she is working on several projects with Dr. Kim’s research group including examining current trends in liver disease and mortality since 2000, MELD 3.0, and validation of the SAFE score. In her second year she submitted an abstract to AASLD for which she was chosen to do a podium presentation at the conference and received an abstract award. She recently submitted an abstract to DDW about trends in alcohol- associated liver disease and two cases to the postgraduate course and she hopes she will be selected to be a presenter.

Nakia is married to Gene (who is also a physician), and is mother to three wonderful children (Khy, Khloé, and Zoë).

Staff Highlights

Akiko Mizuta

Clinical Research Coordinator - Nguyen Lab

Akiko joined Nguyen Lab in 2014. She coordinates both international and domestic clinical research on liver diseases including liver cancer, cirrhosis, HBV, NASH and NAFLD. She is happy to be back in office, working with Dr. Nguyen, other coordinators, visiting scholars, and with many student interns.

Akiko is from Yokohama, Japan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.

Sharon Pneh

Life Science Research Professional - Park Lab

Sharon oversees multiple clinical research studies run by Dr. Park's research team and assists with study recruitment and human tissue procurement for the Stanford Diabetes Research Center. She manages a growing biorepository to support biomarker discovery for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

After years of hating the taste and texture of persimmons, her palate changed in the winter of 2022 and now she loves eating them!

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