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Pathology & Immunology

Houston, Texas

Pathology and Immunology
Pathology & Immunology
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Thuy L. Phung, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Thuy Phung Laboratory


  • M.Sc., University of Oxford, England
  • M.D./Ph.D., Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, NY


  • Anatomic Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


  • Anatomic Pathology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, St. Louis, MO


  • Dermatopathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Post-doctoral Training

  • Center for Vascular Biology Research and Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


  • Vascular biology
  • Dermatopathology

Board Certification

  • American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology
  • American Board of Pathology, Dermatopathology

Area of Interest

  • Research: Role of Akt/mTOR/FoxO pathway in endothelial cell diseases, including solid tumor angiogenesis, endothelial cell tumors, and vascular anomalies (vascular malformations and infantile hemangiomas); role of pathological angiogenesis and the tumor microenvironment in tumor progression.
  • Clinical: Cutaneous vascular tumors, vascular anomalies, tuberous sclerosis

Current Position

  • Assistant Professor
  • Staff Dermatopathologist

Professional Positions Held

  • Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Staff dermatopathologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Boston, MA

Honors and Awards

  • British Marshall Scholarships
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • NIH pre-doctoral fellowship
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • NIH K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award

Professional Organization Memberships

  • North American Vascular Biology Organization
  • American Society for Investigative Pathology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Association for Cancer Research

Representative Publications

  • Sun, J., Phung, T ., Felske, T., Shiojima, I., Feng, D., Kornaga, T., Dor, T., Dvorak, A., Bornstein, P., Lawler, J., Walsh, K., and Benjamin, L. Microvascular Patterning is Controlled by Fine-Tuning the Akt Signal (2005) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102(1):128-133 .
  • Phung, T., Hochman, M., and Mihm, M. Current Knowledge of the Pathogenesis of Infantile Hemangiomas (2005) Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 7(5):319-321.
  • Phung, TL. , Ziv, K, Dabydeen, D., Eyiah-Mensah, G., Riveros, M., Sun, J., Monahan, RA., Shiojima, I., Nagy, J., Lin, M., Walsh, K., Dvorak, A., Briscoe, DM., Neeman, M., Sessa, WC., Dvorak, HF., and Benjamin, LE. Pathological angiogenesis is induced by sustained Akt signaling and blocked by rapamycin (2006) Cancer Cell 10(2):159-170.
  • Phung, TL, Eyiah-Mensah, G., O'Donnell, Bieniek , R ., Shechter, S., Walsh, K., Kuperwaser, C., and Benjamin, LE. Endothelial Akt signaling is rate limiting for rapamycin inhibition of mouse mammary tumor progression (2007) Cancer Research 67(11):5070-5075.
  • Phung , TL , Wangcun Jia, Daryl Oble, Laura E. Benjamin, Martin C. Mihm and J. Stuart Nelson. Can the wound healing response of human skin be modulated after laser treatment and the effects of laser exposure extended? Implications on the combined use of the pulsed dye laser and a topical angiogenesis inhibitor for treatment of port wine stain birthmarks (2008) Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 40:1-5.
Thuy L. Phung, M.D., Ph.D.

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