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Kinesiology Department


Tommy Nguyen, Sports Medicine 

Tommy NguyenTommy Nguyen (Wiess ‘17) is a Sports Medicine major and Biochemistry minor. Through the flexibility of the Kinesiology program, Tommy found opportunities to explore the broad aspects of medicine at Rice and in the Texas Medical Center. These activities motivated him to pursue a medical career and solidified his desire to become a physician.

During his time at Rice, Tommy has been a student athletic trainer for Rice Athletics while working with the football team. Helping athletes during practices and games, he applies the knowledge he gained from his Kinesiology classes and a wide range of Rice courses to real life situations. Moreover, he assists the athletes with treatments and therapies while exploring a different side of medicine.

Off the field, Tommy conducts research at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, where he collaborates with researchers in Dr. Thuy Phung’s Developmental and Tumor Vascular Biology Laboratory and other colleagues in the medical center. As a Project Intern, Tommy helped characterize the behavior of liver angiosarcoma and lymphangiomatosis. Furthermore, he presented his research at several research symposiums in the medical center and at Rice, and he looks forward to progress in his research during his last year at Rice.

In addition, Tommy is active in his community, and he attended Alternative Spring Break trips to San Francisco and Washington DC. While in San Francisco, he learned about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and became an advocate to help overcome the social stigma associated with the diseases. Working with Maitri Hospice, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Bay Area Young Positives, he worked with affected individuals and learned firsthand about their experiences. In Washington DC, Tommy learned about public policy and its effects on health care access; meeting with advocacy groups and Unity Health Care, he learned about their efforts to serve the health care needs of the local and national communities. Additionally, he campaigned to congressional offices on Capitol Hill to increase funding to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases.

After graduating from Rice, Tommy aspires to attend medical school and become a physician. His medical interests include academic medicine, research, and caring for underserved communities. Moreover, he is interested in orthopedics, sports medicine, and oncology.

Outside of his academic and extracurricular interests, Tommy is an exercise enthusiast and avid violinist, and he enjoys spending his free time in the company of friends and family.