Professor, Ph.D, MD Nguyen Thanh Liem


Prof. Nguyen Thanh Liem is Director of Vinmec Research Institute of Stem cell and Gene Technology. He is former Director of the National Hospital of Pediatrics, former Director of the Research Institute for Child Health, the leading children’s hospital in Vietnam. He is a pioneer and innovator in pediatric endoscopic surgery and stem cell transplantation for unmet diseases such as autism, cerebral palsy, liver cirrhosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia for children in Vietnam.

He graduated from Hanoi Medical University in 1975 and completed medical residency program in Surgery at Viet Duc Hospital in 1979. He defended his PhD. thesis in 1991 and was appointed as a Medical Professor in Surgery in 2009.

He is internationally recognized inventor by his nine brand new surgical techniques in the Pediatric surgery. Throughout his career, he has been in charge of a number of important positions such as Director of Vietnam National Children Hospital from 2002 to 2012; Director of Vinmec International Hospital from 2013-2016; President of Vietnam Association of Pediatric Surgery. Currently, Prof. Liem is the Director of Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology.

He has published 78 studies on the international journals and over 200 papers on domestic journals. He is also the co-author of surgery pediatrics textbooks such as Operative Pediatric Surgery of England and Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery of America. Prof. Nguyen Thanh Liem has been invited to give lectures and performed demonstrative surgeries in various countries including the US, France, Netherlands, Italia, Australia, Japan, India and South Korea...

By his dedicated and delightful contributions to the medical practices and research, he has been honored many prestige awards conferred by the Vietnam government like Ho Chi Minh Award, National Labor Hero Medal, Award of Vietnam Talent; People’s Physician.

In 2018, he has been the first Vietnamese scientist to be awarded the 2018 Nikkei Asia Prize in the Science and Technology category thank to his contribution to develop and popularize pediatric endoscopic surgery in Asia and the world.


In charge of High Technology Unit for Cerebral Palsy and Autism

Director of Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology

  • Director of Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology

  • In charge of High Technology Unit for Cerebral Palsy and Autism – Pediatrics Center - Vinmec Times City International Hospital

  • Director – Vinmec International Hospital

  • Director of Children Health Research Institute

  • Director of National Children Hospital

Awards and recognition
  • Hero of Labor in the renovation period

  • Vietnamese talents

  • First prize of Creative Science Award

  • Ho Chi Minh Prize

  • People’s Doctor

  • Asian Nikkei Prize

Books, articles, and research
  • Prof. PhD. Nguyen Thanh Liem is recognized by the pediatric surgeons as the pioneer and world leading expert in laparoscopic surgery Choledochal Cyst (more than 500 cases) and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (more than 300 cases). He has been invited to perform the operation and give lecture at numerous international conferences in such countries as America, France, Italia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan …

  • There are more than 200 medical research projects of Prof. PhD. Thanh Liem has been announced, in which 44 ones are published in prestigious American and European medical journals. He is the co-author of 02 textbooks in Pediatric Surgery published in United State and United Kingdom, as well as 04 textbooks in Vietnam. His laparoscopic surgery technique for choledochal cyst was included in international textbook “Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery” in 2014

  • Successfully performed 05 conjoined twins separation surgeries.

  • Implemented the first liver, kidney and bone marrow transplant in children at Pediatrics hospitals in Vietnam

  • The first Vietnamese surgeon performed laparoscopic surgery (1997) and robotic surgery in children in Vietnam.

  • The first surgeon in the world implemented laparoscopic surgery for rectal atrophy treatment, thoracoscopic repair for neonate diaphragmatic hernia and those under High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilator in NICU, thoracoscopic pericardiectomy for purulent pericarditis, laparoscopic rectal pull-through for anorectal malformation treatment, one trocar assisted ureteroureterostomy repair for duplicated ureter, One-trocar-assisted nephrectomy repair for renal dysplasia.

  • International leading expert in Endoscopic Surgery for Choledochal Cyst (more than 500 cases) and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (more than 300 cases)

  • The first surgeon in Vietnam performed Stem cell transplant for treatment of biliary atresia in 2012, cerebral palsy in 2014, autism, cardiac infarction, and intestinal neuronal disorder in 2015, brain injury caused by drowning and immune cell transplant for cancer treatment in 2016.

  • The first surgeon in the world performed stem cell transplantation for the treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and Intestinal neuronal dysplasia in 2017

  • 1970 – 1975: Graduated from Hanoi University of Medicine in Surgery

  • 1976 – 1979: Resident Physician in Surgery at Hanoi University of Medicine

  • 1985: Studied in Surgery in Sweden for 6 months

  • 1987 – 1991: Doctor of Philosophy in Pediatric Surgery at Hanoi University of Medicine

  • 1992: Pediatric Surgical training for 3 months in Sweden

  • 1993: Pediatric Surgical training for 3 months in France

  • 1997: Pediatric Surgical training for 6 months in France

  • 1999: Pediatric Surgical training for 1 months in Japan

  • 2000: Laparoscopic Surgery training in Australia for 2 weeks

  • 2001: Pediatric Surgical training for 1 months in America

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