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Dr. Hao Nguyen is a urologic oncologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He specializes in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and other cancers of the genital and urinary organs. He performs open (traditional), robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries.

Nguyen earned a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. To further his training as a physician-scientist, he then joined the dual medical and doctoral degree program at the Boston University School of Medicine, in its biochemistry and molecular medicine department. He completed his general and urologic surgery training at the University of California, Davis, followed by a fellowship in urologic oncology at UCSF under the guidance of esteemed specialists Dr. Peter Carroll and Dr. Maxwell Meng. At the end of his fellowship, Nguyen joined the faculty at the UCSF Department of Urology.

Nguyen has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and has presented his research findings at national conferences. In 2015, he received the prestigious Department of Defense Physician Research Training Award to continue his work on how cancer cells are able to survive cancer treatments via a mechanism known as the stress response. He hopes his findings will lead to new treatments that target this response.

Nguyen is an active member of the American Urological Association and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  • Education

    Boston University School of Medicine, 2007

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Urologic Oncology , 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    702 Ratings
    About our process
    Jul 08, 2023
    Jul 08, 2023
    He is a great doctor in so many ways.
    Jul 08, 2023
    He is absolutely the best. Incredibly knowledgeable a great surgeon and a good sense of humor.
    Jun 15, 2023
    I felt very comfortable speaking with Doctor given my recent news about all this cancer determination
    Jun 10, 2023
    I have been to your hospital three times the staff the nurses. The doctors are all amazing. They show concern and make you feel comfortable in my situation.
    May 20, 2023
    Dr Nguyen acted in a professional manner as I have seen on previous visits
    May 16, 2023
    Too early to tell for some questions. I thought that Dr. Nguyen said that his assistant would follow up with a call to schedule a Pet scan and biopsy but I haven't heard after several days.
    May 07, 2023
    Post-procedure activities felt rushed probably due to the doctor being behind schedule. Understandable but vexing.
    Apr 29, 2023
    All contact with staff was excellent
    Apr 27, 2023
    I've had the best experience with everyone I've been in contact with
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Nguyen and the entire Urology Department Staff were outstanding in helping me with my questions.
    Apr 25, 2023
    Apr 24, 2023
    Care provider was very attentive and informative.
    Apr 18, 2023
    Hao Nguyen is cool. Glad to have him!
    Apr 15, 2023
    Top notch
    Apr 13, 2023
    Knowledgeable thoughtful caring easy to talk to.
    Mar 13, 2023
    Dr. Nguyen is an excellent physician. He is under such a time crunch that it would be extremely difficult to provide good dialog between patient and Doctor. He did amazingly well for the institutions lack of scheduling his patients.
    Mar 06, 2023
    Outstanding provider!
    Mar 02, 2023
    Excellent service
    Feb 28, 2023
    The best part was meeting with the doctor gave me hope
    Feb 27, 2023
    Excellent procedure
    Feb 25, 2023
    The physician was clearly in a rush and although he was thorough with the procedure he was definitely rushing to get to his next appointment.
    Feb 21, 2023
    I love ucsf and trust their care completely.
    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr. Nguyen and nursing staff made me comfortable and significant.
    Feb 18, 2023
    I have total confidence in the doctor
    Feb 13, 2023
    Dr. Nguyen patiently and cheerfully explained the procedure and answered questions. He showed genuine concern for my physical and emotional comfort.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Professional and personable. Willing to take time to answer my questions.
    Feb 09, 2023
    I feel as though I have to be proactive in scheduling my follow appointments as suggested by Dr. Nguyen. I waited one week and never received a call from his office to schedule the appointment so I took it upon myself to call. This creates anxiety because appointments are not always readily available.
    Feb 06, 2023
    Very fortunate to have Dr. Nguyen!
    Feb 04, 2023
    Hopefully no one else has to have a prostatectomy or seed markers implanted but if so I will highly recommend Dr Nguyen I trust him with my life.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr Hao Nguyen is a very doctor. I trust him.
    Jan 24, 2023
    I felt the provider really wants to take care of my cancer
    Jan 23, 2023
    Excellent care.
    Jan 17, 2023
    But like all doctors visits there was significant delay. I.e. 30 minutes.
    Jan 15, 2023
    I couldn't ask for anything more.
    Jan 14, 2023
    I've told my wife after each visit the knowledge of the urologists at UCSF even though I haven't required treatment at this point has been very psychologically helpful/reassuring!!
    Jan 07, 2023
    Exceeded my expectation
    Dec 20, 2022
    I was very impressed with Dr Nguyen.
    Nov 18, 2022
    Great to be supported even though my treatment will have been done somewhere else
    Nov 10, 2022
    The Nurse was great better than anybody else I think she was new. More caring about procedures.
    Nov 03, 2022
    We received utmost professional and excellent care from Dr. Nguyen. He is attentive listens well to our concerns and is comprehensive and clear.
    Nov 01, 2022
    Life saving experience!
    Oct 24, 2022
    In person everyone was great.
    Oct 15, 2022
    Doctor was substituting for my regular doctor and did a good job.
    Sep 29, 2022
    After visit summary is not available. The Dr requested to do a special urine test but there is no information the test
    Sep 24, 2022
    He was fully apprised of my medical and family history (which Is somewhat complicated) and Immediately gained my confidence that I was being treated by an experienced smart professional
    Sep 14, 2022
    Dr Nguyen did a great job of explaining my situation and the path forward. He was calm and open. All physicians should take lessons from him
    Sep 14, 2022
    It seems like every department i've been dealing with lately is extremely understaffed. I understand there are many reasons but getting the referrals etc discussed during the visit shouldn't require me tracking down the provider because I haven't heard anything from them for over a week. And this has NOT been a one time thing.
    Sep 13, 2022
    Dr. Nguyen was great at explaining my ultrasound and giving me a second opinion. He suggested an alternative path forward that resolved my fears of the "wait and watch" method of treatment. His recommendation of a biopsy made sense to me and I am very appreciative of his recommendation.
    Sep 04, 2022
    But I will warn them of the scheduling process.
    Sep 01, 2022
    Excellent. Very impressed.
    Aug 30, 2022
    We felt so good about the doctor that we recommended a friend who is having the same problem to ucsf and this doctor.
    Aug 21, 2022
    I've had the best treatment from everyone at UCSF
    Aug 13, 2022
    Aug 13, 2022
    I'm sure this is a fluke. The doctor and nurse were great. It's just a bummer sitting there for over an hour and half sitting on that hard table half naked and I left my phone with my wife to prevent being interrupted with sounds to the doctor and nurse.
    Aug 06, 2022
    I was thoroughly pleased with my conversation with Dr. Nguyen and felt that I was In 'Very Good Hands.'
    Jul 28, 2022
    God bless you all!!!
    Jul 23, 2022
    Despite being behind schedule Dr. Nguyen took the time to answer several questions I had so I am grateful to him for that.
    Jul 19, 2022
    Have not met the man myself but sounds very caring
    Jul 18, 2022
    I did not have the Biopsy that I was scheduled for. The MRI was not clear enough to read ang guide the Biopsy.
    Jul 11, 2022
    Excellent care!!
    Jul 11, 2022
    Dr. Nguyen was fantastic! He treated me with respect and was a very personable. Instead of just doing his work he took time to talk with me about the procedure he showed me the screens and explained what he was seeing. I would highly recommend him!
    Jul 10, 2022
    The visit it's self was most satisfactory. The fact that we didn't have to take the time stress and expense of driving into SF was not satisfactory.
    Jul 09, 2022
    Dr. Nguyen was as knowledgeable courteous & concerned as any MD I've ever been seen by and I'm a retired MD!!! I'm already recommending UCSF Urology & him to colleagues fellow providers & associates.
    Jun 02, 2022
    Excellent Doctor in all aspects.
    May 26, 2022
    Provider was exemplary as he explained everything. Was very easy to understand everything
    May 24, 2022
    Upon informing Dr. Nguyen I chose to have Brachytherapy Radiation which he does not perform the televisit pretty much ended. Not sure whether he was offended since I chose not to have the entire prostate removed since he performs only those types of surgeries
    May 18, 2022
    May 12, 2022
    I feel lucky to have Dr. NGUYEN take care of me. He is professional smart sensitive and kind.
    May 05, 2022
    I will recommend UCSF to anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    Apr 26, 2022
    Very good.
    Apr 02, 2022
    They made everything clear to me
    Mar 26, 2022
    Nothing to complain
    Mar 22, 2022
    This was for a cancer diagnosis second opinion
    Mar 15, 2022
    I had done my homework and had made my decisions. I chose the best possible surgeon with lots of success.
    Feb 20, 2022
    The reading materials in My Chart have given me the most instructions upon which to base my choices and understanding.
    Jan 29, 2022
    Nurse explained most follow up care
    Jan 22, 2022
    The doctor and resident instantly recognized I was intelligent and treated my questions accordingly. They never talked down to me engaged in "what if" conversations didn't provide "non-answers" designed to assuage my fears and afmitted lack of relevant knowledge when that was appropriate. They were completely not defensive. Fabulous experience with these doctors
    Jan 15, 2022
    Could not have better.
    Dec 28, 2021
    Not sure how PET scan will get ordered
    Dec 28, 2021
    Dec 04, 2021
    I spent less than 5 minutes with the care provider. He seemed fine and directed the team. He did not perform the procedure but instructed the resident. I had my questions answered by the resident and the nurse prior to the procedure. Therefore I had no additional question for Dr. Nguyen. He did spend time with me on things to look for during the next 24 hours.
    Nov 13, 2021
    He could not have been better.
    Nov 03, 2021
    The courtesy and care I received I feel was second to none
    Nov 02, 2021
    Dr was delayed about an hour but apologized for being late due to another procedure
    Nov 02, 2021
    Waiting for a radiology department to contact me regarding Dr. Nguyen's referral of me to that department.
    Oct 28, 2021
    We felt comfortable and heard by everyone
    Oct 03, 2021
    Great Experience. Dr. Nguyen was very helpful and knowledgeable. I also spoke with Dr. Peter Carroll and he took time out of his busy schedule to speak with me about my condition and options. Dr. Carroll also spoke with Dr. Nguyen about my ultrasound and other issues
    Sep 28, 2021
    For the issues that I have seen him for treatment and monitoring he is terrific. Far superior to others outside UCSF.
    Sep 25, 2021
    Excellent carehighly skilledclear and comfortable procedure. Answered all the questions I had made a difficult procedure tolerable.explained everything well.
    Sep 21, 2021
    I feel very fortunate to have Dr Nguyen as my Dr
    Sep 21, 2021
    My experience with the UCSF has always been exemplary! Everyone goes out of their way to be of assistance.
    Sep 16, 2021
    Due to an emergency; my provider was not available but another Urologist stepped in for my procedure. I could not have been treated any better; being as we had just met that morning. Two thumbs up. Thank you for doing the procedure time out this made me feel safe and in good hands.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr Nguyen was excellent. He listened well. Answered all my questions and is very skilled. I very much appreciated him as my physician.
    Decorative Caduceus

    IS-002 in Prostate Cancer

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