Associate Professor
Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


Postdoctoral Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Clinical Fellowship at Harvard Medical School
MD-PhD from University Of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
MS from University Of Oxford


Diplomat, Anatomic Pathology
The American Board of Pathology
Diplomat, Dermatopathology
The American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Dermatology
Diplomat, Molecular Genetic Pathology
The American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics

Honors & Awards

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation
Research Mentor Award, Department of Pathology
Young Investigator Awards Finalist, XIIIth International Vascular Biology Meeting
Editorial Board
Skin Cancer Protocol Review Panel
Dermatopathology Abstract Review Board
Annual Conference Planning Committee
Director of Pathology Strategies

Professional Interests

  • Signal transduction pathways in the vasculature
  • Pediatric dermatopathology
  • Global pathology

Professional Statement

I am a clinician-scientist with clinical expertise in Dermatopathology (skin pathology), and research expertise in pathological angiogenesis in cancer and vascular anomalies. As an attending dermatopathologist, my clinical work includes diagnostic assessment of skin specimens and working with the Dermatology Department to enhance diagnostic services for children and adults with skin disorders. I have co-authored a comprehensive medical textbook "Pediatric Dermatopathology" to be published by Springer-Verlag in early 2017.

My research work focuses on understanding mechanisms of growth factor signal transduction pathways in the regulation of pathological angiogenesis. My research goals are (1) to understand the role of the microenvironment in tumor progression and metastasis, with a particular focus on molecular mechanisms that drive the growth of blood vessels in tumors (tumor angiogenesis), and (2) to determine mechanisms in vascular development and growth (vascular anomalies) in children. We are investigating the molecular basis of vascular growth at the molecular, cellular and organism levels with relevant translational applications to the understanding and new therapy for pathological angiogenesis in human diseases. (Phung lab webpage: https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/thuy-phung).

I am the Associate Director of Global Pathology, Department of Pathology, Texas Children’s Hospital. My global health work focuses on child health and global pathology. In child health, I am a co-founder of the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center (VVAC), established in 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. VVAC is a multi-disciplinary clinic founded through partnerships between Vietnamese and US physicians to provide humanitarian medical care for children with vascular and pigmented birthmarks, and to promote mutual collaboration between Vietnamese and US physicians to improve the health of these children. (Website: www.VietnamVAC.org). In global pathology, I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue City, Vietnam, and at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since 2012, I have been spearheading efforts to establish a network of global pathology connections in Vietnam and the Asia Pacific region. I have been working in collaboration with pathologists in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Vietnam to organize CME conferences and provide subspecialty training in anatomic pathology in Vietnam, including dermatopathology. I have recently established a tele-pathology program for real-time pathology consultation and training with pathologists in Vietnam, utilizing whole slide imaging technology (digital pathology).

Selected Publications


Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP)
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases R03 grant
ACS Research Scholar Grant
American Cancer Society
AHA Beginning-Grant-in-Aid
American Heart Association
K08 Clinician Scientist Career Development Award