Ngoc-Lam Nguyen, MD, is a leading orthopedic surgeon currently serving patients at KWOC Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center in Sarasota, Florida. With one year of experience, he specializes in the comprehensive care of spinal disorder, from the cervical spine to the sacrum, which includes degenerative conditions, as well as spinal deformities, spinal trauma and instability, spinal infections, and metastatic spinal tumors. Dr. Nguyen also has experience in minimally invasive spinal decompression and fusion, cervical disc replacement, and complex revision surgery. After earning his undergraduate degree in psychology at Duke University, dr. Nguyen completed his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into John B. Graham Research Society. He also performed an orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, where Dr. Nguyen was Chief Orthopedic Surgeon in his final year and where he investigated the effect of cervical spine alignment on spinal posture and biomechanics, the results of which have been published in peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals and presented at multiple national and international scientific meetings. Following residency, Dr. Nguyen pursued a one-year fellowship in spinal surgery, where he trained with nationally and internationally renowned spine surgeons at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, in order to stay up to date on all medical advancements in his field, he maintains professional memberships with the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and AO Spine North America.
- Loyola University Medical Center
- Oregon Health & Science University (Spine)
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- North American Spine Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, AOSpine
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Patient Experience with Dr. Nguyen
Dr Nguyen is very thorough and kind. He always looks for alternatives to surgery. I highly recommend him.
Miracle worker! Kind, caring, and a life changer! I adore him. I have my life back.
He is the greatest!! Very thorough. Very happy I found him.
No words to express my gratitude to Dr. Nguyen and his staff. 2 months ago I was in constant back pain and walking was difficult. Surgery and PT restored my life to zero pain. I'm biking, golfing and working out in gym again. Thank you Dr. Nguyen.
Dr Nguyen gave me my life back. I haven't felt this well in 30 years. He is something special. Personable and a wonderful surgeon...coming from another surgeon...I give him great praise.
Awesome experience! I feel great after my surgery. Best in years!I think he is brilliant and attentive. Listens to every work. I think the world of him.
I feel great thanks to Dr. Nguyen. My quality of life is now 100%. Run to this MD!
I feel amazing! Best I felt in years! I'm only 2 months from surgery and I feel like a million bucks! Very smart man and a great surgeon. And bed side manor is wonderful.
Awesome surgeon. The burning sensation went away almost instantly. Great bedside manor. I trusted Dr. Nguyen and it paid off!
Very impressed with dr nguyen. I was in severe pain. He did surgery within a week and it's a miracle!!! I highly recommend. I can now function.
Great doctor. Took away my pain
Self-verified patient of Dr. Ngoc-Lam M Nguyen - Posted on December 4th, 2018 I needed surgery. My previous fusion in 2008 and repairs in 2012 and 2014 had failed. The screws holding the rods that went up my spine had pulled away from the bone. I was in constant pain. I could barely walk about my house. Even the powerful prescribed pain medications weren't effective. Dr. Nguyen accepted me as his patient but I needed surgery, two days back to back. In all I was in the OR for over sixteen hours. I spent four days in the hospital and three weeks in the hospital rehabilitation wing. I am a month out of my surgery date(s) and I can stand straight and I can walk. I am no longer a hunched over homunculus of a man. The results Dr. Nguyen achieved are staggering. I know the prospect of any surgery can be fearful, but I urge you at least consult Dr. Nguyen and conquer your fears. It is so much better to be able to walk into the future rather than be wheeled into it. You will find Dr. Nguyen not only to be a superior surgeon but one who is caring and compassionate. He listens to you and carefully explains what he needs to do and why.
- Kenneth ss
He went out of his way and said If I did what he asked, the results would pay off, and they did. He is a great surgeon. I have my life back
Dr Nguyen did a lumbar fusion that was a game changer! He changed my life.
I needed surgery. My previous fusion in 2008 and repairs in 2012 and 2014 had failed. The screws holding the rods that went up my spine had pulled away from the bone. I was in constant pain. I could barely walk about my house. Even the powerful prescribed pain medications weren't effective. Dr. Nguyen accepted me as his patient but I needed surgery, two days back to back. In all I was in the OR for over sixteen hours. I spent four days in the hospital and three weeks in the hospital rehabilitation wing. I am a month out of my surgery date(s) and I can stand straight and I can walk. I am no longer a hunched over homunculus of a man. The results Dr. Nguyen achieved are staggering. I know the prospect of any surgery can be fearful, but I urge you at least consult Dr. Nguyen and conquer your fears. It is so much better to be able to walk into the future rather than be wheeled into it. You will find Dr. Nguyen not only to be a superior surgeon but one who is caring and compassionate. He listens to you and carefully explains what he needs to do and why.
Awesome surgeon. My back is great!!
He is amazing. Answered all my questions and eliminated all my surgery fears.
My experience has been wonderful. I had so much pain before I saw Dr. Nguyen. He explained my problems and procedures that could lessen the misery. We tried spinal steroid injections first, but the relief did not last. He then explained two surgical options. I chose the one without the rods and pins and I consider the result amazing. I have no pain in my legs and the back pain lessens every day. Life is good.
The doctor is first rate in all respects. I will recommend him to others and would return to him if needed.
He was the first md to find my pain was from SI joint! I wasted years looking at back! He found the problem and now I get SI joint injections that have transformed my life.
Dr. Nguyen is a great md. Greta bedside manor. He gave me the help I needed.
Awesome experience. I injured myself on the job and Dr. Nguyen did surgery and I feel great just 6 weeks later! Great bedside manor. Very professional and I walked in and walked out with zero pain after surgery. Couldn't be happier.
I can't believe I am pain free after years of back pain! Highly recommended and his bedside manor is impeccable. Run, don't walk to Dr. Nguyen
Amazing!! First time in years I'm pain free and just 2 months post op!! I have no pain. He is amazing!
Dr. Lam explains very well. He is compassionate and thorough. He actually listened. He addressed every issue. He changed my life! Highly recommend him for complex spine issues or revisions. He also kept in touch with family when they came down to care for me during surgery.
Had surgery a month ago and I'm doing amazing!! I had cervical surgery and I highly recommend Dr. Nguyen!!
Dr Nguyen is my second spine md and was great! And I spoke with another patient who had a great surgery so I went forward and he made me healthy again!! My life is a lot better. Thanks Dr. Nguyen!
- Edward e
I saw Dr. Nguyen as a work comp patient. He is so kind and takes the time to listen. I highly recommend him for any back surgery. I was scared and made me feel great 3 months later! 5 big stars for Dr. Nguyen
He has helped me so much. We relocated from Michigan and his treatment is like no other. He caught the misdiagnosed. I'm so glad I met him!
I love his bedside manor. He was truthful and got to the bottom of my pain. I would recommend him to everyone with spine pain.
I am so grateful I went thur this surgery. He is amazing and upbeat. Very confident he could so this surgery. He is very focused and loves what he does! Highly recommend.
From years of pain and major back surgery dr. Nguyen got me a si joint injection. No me had even suggest an si joint injection. I have been in pain 7 years! I am now pain free! Awesome bedside manor. And his nurse complements him with her bubbling personality.
Dr. Nguyen did an amazing job. He took away all my lower back pain. He gave me back the ability to walk fully erect again. Carolyn is a sweetly, too! Thank you Dr. Nguyen.
I am pain free for the first time in 11years! Elated with Dr Nguyen. Amazing bedside manor. He explained the surgery in perfect detail. Highly recommended!
Dr. Lam is great! Best listener ever! He didn't rush surgery. He took his time and explained what was happening to me. Personal and professional and capable. 34 years I suffered until he did my surgery! Best md's ever!
He is very thorough. Spends lots of time with you and allows time for answers. I have told Everyone about Dr. Nguyen and KWOC!!
I think Dr. Nguyen. He takes his time. He really tried to find the problem. He had a great plan and I've been to several md's and he was the most accurate. Other md's didn't even address the SI joint. Highly recommended!
Dr. Nguyen is wonderful. He takes his time to explain. All other md's wanted to do surgery just because I have scoliosis. It was my SI joint, not scoliosis! He is great.
I felt great from the moment I woke up from surgery!! The Best md ever!
Dr. Nguyen saved my life! After 6 spine surgeons I found the one!! I woke up after surgery a new woman!! I got my life back!!
Dr. Nguyen is fabulous. I've had 5 back surgeries and he is superior! Greatest asset is he listens!!!! I have my life back!!!
Great mad! The procedure he suggested worked. I am pain free for the first time in years!! Wish I met him years ago!!!
He is the greatest! I feel great. Very professional. A must see me!
He is great! Very compassionate! Highly recommended
Dr Nguyen is a miracle worker. I have and will continue to recommend patients to him. He restored my active quality of life 100 percent. Carolyn has always been available to help me through this very long process, and is a dedicated professional.
It would not be possible to put in words how much Dr. Nguyen has improved my quality of life with the surgery he performed On my back! He explained everything very clearly as to what would be done and what the expected outcome would be. He included my husband in everything all along. I have already given his name to a few people and will continue to do so. Thank you Dr. Nguyen.
Very good doctor. Very pleas and very clear in his explaining.
He is excellent!!! Changed my life! This is my 11th surgery! He fixed me!!
My experience w dr Nguyen has been outstanding . His recommendation as far as treatment was amazing. He ordered injections that worked! Also I appreciate s the great staff that welcomed me during my office visits.
I'm so happy I found Dr. Nguyen. He immediately knew what my problem was. I've been running around from dr to dr....I am thrilled he is my MD. I recommend him to everyone!
Excellent MD! I have no pain! I liked him very much. He recommended PT and it worked!
Terrific! Dr. Nguyen gave me the confidence he could help me and he did!
I find dr Nguyen to be very compassionate and helpful. And he didn't push surgery. I feel great!
Terrific! I had surgery 6 weeks ago and feel great!!!
What a great personality!!!We were pleasantly surprised!!
- Dr. mark
Dr. Nguyen is very caring, highly competent surgeon. I would not hesitate in any way to recommend him to family and others in the community.
Awesome. After years of different md's telling me different opinions, I've finally got some answers. He is a genius.I feel great!
He helped me!!! I can walk. Great bedside manner.
Dr. Nguyen is very thorough, compassionate and I had a wonderful experience!
I can't say enough about Dr. Nguyen. He is the best! My neck and back were both fused and I'm great. I can turn my neck now!!!
I was in severe pain from a herniated disc for more than 6 months. Another doctor put me on steroids, pain pills and 2 epidural injections - all did not relieve my pain. Dr. Nguyen got me in right away for a Laminectomy! I am thrilled to report at my 6 week check up today, I have ZERO pain! Thank you Dr. Nguyen!
He is a lifesaver! I was out of options until I met him
My back feels amazing thanks!!!!
This dr. Scores high with me in every which wayüòälpersonality,intelligence about the field,puts patients at ease,not in hurry,and I could go on and on with dr. Nguyen and his positive attributes....
Dr. Nguyen is now my hero! He diagnosed my bursitis, which I thought was sciatica, and treated me so that when I returned for my follow-up 6 weeks later I was pain free! Great doctor and great bedside manner to boot! I recommend him highly!!
He listens and welcomed feedback. He gave conservative fixes vs rushing to surgery! Highly recommended.
First visit for back. Have been to famous Rothman Institute in Philly. Dr Nguyen was thorough, courteous, and a superb communicator. I was extremely impressed! First class.
Dr. Nguyen is very attentive, smart and I feel better! He solved my low back pain
Dr. Nguyen, As a retired surgeon with complicated lower back spinal stenosis chronic disease, I am very impressed by dr. Nguyens very thoughtful analysis of my problem and offers a spectrum of alternatives and their risks. Further, he offered wait and see, pain medicines, and possible anesthetic injection. At 81 years of age, such a thorough consultation is unusual and I am thankful for this level of care and concern. Gregory Hetter, M. D.
I went to the ER. He did emergency surgery and I feel like a million bucks!
Dr Nguyen is awesome. Very personable and helped my back!! Delightful personality.
Dr Nguyen was very friendly and knowledgeable. He took the time to show me the problem areas on the computer screen. He suggested several ways to help alleviate symptoms and gave me options. I am so glad I was able to see him.
Excellent Doctor, very professional, pleasant with a good bedside manner
Dr. Nguyen was absolutely the greatest! He made me feel like a totally New person! What a wonderful Dr. Highly recommend, such a wonderful Dr.
Dr. Nguyen is caring, asks all the right questions to get you the care you need and most importantly listens to what you to say. Dr. Nguyen makes you feel comfortable and at ease and I promise your health and well being is the doctors first concern.
Dr Nguyen suspected some of my pain was my si joint. Sure enough with a injection the pain is greatly improved. He is cordial and knowlegable. Very impressed
I am very happy with Dr. Nguyen, he takes the time to talk,explain and answer questions..He is very personable. Have seen other Drs at Kennedy white and feel very satisfied with all.But Dr, Nguyen is my favorite
He is the finest doctor in his field in this area. I havent found great md's since I left NY for spines. He sincerely listens.
Since meeting DR. Nguyen I have been so impressed with his knowledge and his total concern with my progress. I would recommend him to anyone
My surgery was great!! I woke up in recovery pain free!
Excellent doctor. Explains everything and answers all questions. Very personable.
Very thorough and helpful. Gives you all the attention you want. Very recommended
- David (tony)
Best back surgeon I've ever seen. I saw 2 back surgeons that said they couldn't' help! Dr. Nguyen was a life saver!
- Lawrence chaisso
Great. Good dr. Back is. Better. Was very detailed
great bed side manner. explains. All my questions and needs in easy to understand terms. 10out of 10.
What a great MD! He is so knowledgeable on deformities of the spine! Thank you Dr. Nguyen for excellent care.
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