Dr. Nguyen specializes in the treatment of complex foot and ankle disorders.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dr. Larry Nguyen completed his undergraduate work at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine before undergoing his Transitional Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Nguyen then returned to Texas to complete a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction. He has been practicing in Little Rock since 2002.
Dr. Nyugen is devoted to helping his patients overcome foot and ankle disorders so they can enjoy their favorite hobbies and family life, something he appreciates as a father, husband and athlete. Dr. Nyugen also treats a wide variety of bone and joint problems, trauma, sports injuries and joint replacements.
Dr. Nguyen is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, the Pulaski County Medical Association and the Mid-America Orthopedic Association.
We interviewed Dr. Nguyen to discover more about his decision to become an orthopedic surgeon and how he spends his time outside of the operating room. Read more for a glimpse into the life of an Arkansas orthopedic surgeon!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?
I was groomed to be a doctor by my Asian parents ever since I was a child. All of my uncles are physicians. I first wanted to be a surgeon after the surgery rotation during my clinical years at Baylor College of Medicine. Everybody, I think, enjoys surgery. The big decision is whether or not you wish to undergo the training and the lifestyle. It involves a lot of work to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Q: What is your specialty field of practice?
I practice general orthopedic surgery with a subspecialty in foot and ankle reconstruction.
Q: Where were you from originally? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and I immigrated to Canada in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. I lived there for three years and then moved to Houston, Texas, where I grew up, attended college and did my medical school training.
Q: When did you go to work for Arkansas Surgical Hospital?
I began working at Arkansas Surgical Hospital about seven years ago when I joined the orthopedic surgeons practice with Drs. Bowen, Hefley, Rhodes and Stewart. Working with my current partners is a great fit for my lifestyle and personality.
Q: What are you known for professionally?
I specialize in foot and ankle reconstruction, and I manage routine foot and ankle care; however, I also specialize in handling complex foot and ankle reconstructive surgeries that other physicians are not specifically trained for. I handle a lot of orthopedic trauma calls, so I also do a variety of trauma surgeries. With general orthopedics, I specialize in joint and reconstructions of the hip, knee and shoulder.
Q: What is the one problem you are best at solving for your patients?
One problem I am best at solving is offering my patients options for hope with pain relief so they may return to everyday function. Sometimes patients with severe, debilitating injuries feel like they have no other recourse with other physicians. The ideal patient would say that I am caring and compassionate and that I listen to their issues and provide them with the opportunity for pain relief.
Q: Have you won any awards, either for work or outside accomplishments?
In the past, I have been recognized as AE Star for my work at a local hospital. Outside of work, I compete in triathlons and just competed at the U.S. Nationals this past year. I am 958 places away from making the Olympic team.
Q: What are you passionate about personally?
I enjoy my family and my children. I enjoy spending time with them more than anything in the world.
Q: Where can we find you when you are not working?
I am always working 24/7. If I am not in town I am available by phone; however, when I am outside the operating room or office, I will either be running, biking, swimming, spending time with my children or doing my triathlon activities.
Q: Any organizations you support?
I am a strong supporter of my children’s swim team and Little Rock Parks and Recreation, as I participate every year in the Big Dam Bridge 100 and Little Rock Marathon.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
As a good husband and father.
Q: Anything else you would like to tell people about yourself?
I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been provided in life with my education, so that I am able to use it to help people in need. I hope to return the infirm and injured back to their activities of daily living, or at least some semblance of it if they are severely injured.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at (877) 918-7020.