RYAN MCAULEY, MD, MPH, Program Director, Internal Medicine Program

Dr. McAuley completed his MD degree at East Tennessee State University and his MPH degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following medical school, Ryan completed his residency training in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (“Med-Peds”) program at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During his time in residency, he participated in the Global Health Equities Track which allowed him the opportunity to travel to Botswana on three occasions with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership.

His clinical interests focus on global health and vulnerable populations, specifically refugee health, disaster response, and medical education in developing settings. He was the Med-Peds Chief Resident for the 2015-2016 academic year for the UPenn/CHOP Med-Peds residency program. Dr. McAuley is board-certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). He spent the last 5 years in a variety of clinical roles including: adult hospitalist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; physician and medical manager with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in South Sudan and Egypt; and as a physician with the Indian Health Service at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Center in Arizona. In his free time, Ryan enjoys traveling to exotic countries, exploring beautiful beaches, listening to classical music, and hiking in the great outdoors.

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NGUYEN, THI TUYET, MD, PhD, Associate Program Director

Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet graduated from Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in December, 2004. From 2005 to 2008, she was recruited into the Internal Medicine residency training at Hospital 115 in Ho Chi Minh City. Following that, she performed research training and postdoctoral research at Yonsei University, Wonju College of Medicine on the toxicity of high phosphate in insulin-secreting cells and vascular smooth muscle cells. Her research have been published in American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism, FASEB journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry and other journals. She spent one year at Tan Tao University, School of Medicine as lecturer cum Head of the training department before joining the VinUni Internal Medicine Residency Program as Curriculum Development Director since 2017.

THANH, NGOC TIEN, MD, MSC, Program Manager

Dr Thanh Ngoc Tien completed his MD degree at Hanoi Medical University. From 2010 to 2013, he was a clinician at Hanoi Lung Hospital and Saint Paul Hospital, where he treated patients with respiratory and cardiac diseases. Dr Tien obtained his master’s degree in Internal Medicine in 2015 from Hanoi Medical University at which point he was recruited to be a lecturer there. He spent the next 4 years working as a medical educator at various missions in addition to his clinical activities. With a desire to contribute to the effort of creating a new advanced teaching and learning environment for medical students, he decided to take part in VinUni Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Program Director, Pediatrics Residency ProgramDr. Alexandra Vinograd is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Vinograd graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in All Subjects in History and German Area Studies. After university, she studied at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar during which time she founded a small non-profit organization to benefit street children in Lima, Peru.  She received her medical degree from Stony Brook University where she was elected to the junior Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed the Harvard Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Boston, Massachusetts and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her fellowship, she completed a Master of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.  She also holds a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. Dr. Vinograd is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) and the American Board of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine). Dr. Vinograd’s clinical and research interests are focused on global health. Dr. Vinograd is currently collaborating with pediatricians in Liberia to examine caustic soda injuries with the intent of creating a culturally informed injury prevention program.

UPenn Profile: https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p8580177

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Profile: https://www.chop.edu/doctors/vinograd-alexandra-m

PHUNG TUYET LAN, MD, PhD – Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Dr. Phung Tuyet Lan graduated in medicine from Pediatric Institute in Leningrad, Russia in 1992. Coming back to Vietnam she started to work at National Children Hospital from 1994. She completed 1 year of pediatric residency at Saint Antoine Hospital, Lille, France, then one year of fellowship in pediatric hematology- oncology at Rennes University Hospital, France. She received Diploma of Pediatric Oncology at Paris University XI and PhD Degree at Hanoi Medical College.

She was appointed as Vice Head of Oncology Department at National Children Hospital from 2009. With the great ambition to develop the domain of Pediatric Oncology, she and her colleagues successfully initiated the model of multidisciplinary tumor board meetings at National Children Hospital. This led to the advances in technical procedures and protocols for the diagnosis and the treatment of solid tumors in children.

She joined the Vinmec International Hospital Times City in 2016 and continues to dedicate to developing the Pediatric Oncology and Pediatrics.

Vinmec Profile: Doctor Phung Tuyet Lan – specialty Oncology | Vinmec

Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Elijah Riddle is the Program Director of the Vin University General Surgery Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to moving to Vietnam to work at Vin University and Vinmec Times City International Hospital, he worked as a general surgeon in the Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Riddle graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honor in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Spanish. He was selected as the 2008 Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed residency training in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. During residency, he spent two years as the Minimally Invasive Surgery Design Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where his work focused on surgical education and surgical technology, including co-founding the Certificate in Academic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine. In 2019, he was awarded the Leonard D. Miller Award for excellence in clinical instruction of medical students by a surgical resident. Dr. Riddle is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His interest in global health dates back to his university days, when he spent time shadowing and translating in healthcare facilities in Mexico and Ecuador. As a resident, he traveled twice to Guatemala as a member of a surgical mission team and completed a global surgery rotation at Princess Marina Hospital in Botswana through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and Association for Academic Global Surgery.

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Nguyen Dac Nghia graduated in medicine in 1978 from Pécs Medical School of Hungary. During the war, he served in the army as Military Medical Officer for 6 years. Dr Nghia then registered for the course of specialization in Orthopedics in 1987.  Since the year of 1989, he has become Orthopedic Surgeon and working as the Head of Orthopedic Surgery Department of Saint Paul Hospital in Hanoi before joining Vinmec as Head of Orthopedic Surgery Unit, Vinmec International Hospital Times City in 2012

He has four research trials that were approved by Hanoi Department of Sciences and Technology, and nine publications from 1997 to 2010. He was the former Secretary – General of Vietnam Orthopedic Association and currently a member of Asian Orthopeadic Association.

Vinmec Profile: Doctor Nguyen Dac Nghia – specialty Orthopedic | Vinmec

TAM NGUYEN, GME Coordinator
Ms. Tam Nguyen has been working in the health care field for more than five years. She has invested her effort in coordinating training activities for health professionals when working as a Training Coordinator in the Vinmec hospital system from 2016 to 2018. She then worked as an Organizational and Learning Development Coordinator in a Family Clinic, where she was responsible for regulating training activities, as well developing and administer the managing system to incorporate technologies into managing home care services’ quality. Before working in Health Care system, she had experienced in many energetic and international standard-setting environment such as UN Women, ChildFund Australia and SNV Netherlands that could set a foundation for her to join in GME Team.



Dr. Bellini obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama in 1990. She came to Penn to pursue her Internal Medicine residency training followed by a year as a Chief Medical Resident. She subsequently completed a Pulmonary Fellowship and joined the faculty in 1996. She served as Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency for 20 years, stepping down in 2016. From 2005-2008, she was the Associate Dean for GME for University of Pennsylvania Health System. In that role, she had operational responsibility for all policies and procedures related to the training of over 1000 residents and fellows in 68 UPHS sponsored training programs.

Recently, she was promoted to Senior Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and has assumed oversight for leadership searches, and the internal and external chair review processes and clinical chair performance reviews. She remains active in education and is currently leading the development of Graduate Medical Education Programs in Vietnam through Penn’s global initiatives.

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