P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Ngoc Thi Phan, 2000

Doctor, Kaiser Permanente

Ngoc Thi Phan is an immigrant from Viet Nam

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

NGOC THI PHAN is a physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.

Ngoc was born in DaNang, Vietnam. Though her mother and father had no formal education they joined the exodus of "boat people" in 1980. Robbed by Thai pirates and left adrift, they were eventually resettled in New Orleans and then settled in San Diego.

Valedictorian of her inner city high school, where she played varsity badminton and tennis and was editor of the literary magazine, she went on to earn her BS degree summa cum laude in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from the University of California at Davis. Ngoc received her MD from Harvard.

Ngoc spent the summer of 2000 examining the role of peer education in HIV prevention in Vietnam in collaboration with the CDC and the National AIDS Bureau of Vietnam. She spent a year of research on HIV pathogenesis at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a Howard Hughes fellow and was a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California San Francisco.

Ngoc currently serves as the site director for UCSF medical students who rotate through Kaiser San Francisco. She won teaching awards from both UCSF medical students and Kaiser residents in 2011.


  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2003
  • BS Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior | University of California, Davis 1998
Work History
  • Kaiser Permanente, Doctor
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