Physicians caring for Vietnamese refugees inspired Baptist's Thinh Tran to become a healer
After fleeing the Communist regime of his native Vietnam as a teenager and enduring a harrowing journey to freedom as one of thousands who became known as the "boat people," Thinh Tran was living in a Malaysian refugee camp where the work of Doctors Without Borders inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.
A Lutheran charity resettled his family in Minnesota, where Dr. Tran jokes that the state's infamous winters were the ultimate culture shock for a person from tropical Southeast Asia.
Today, Dr. Tran serves as corporate vice president and chief quality and patient safety officer at Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, where his responsibilities include critical quality improvement, patient safety, accreditation, clinical research and grants. His duties place him on the frontline of challenges ranging from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" to mass casualty response.
Before his recent arrival at Baptist, Dr. Tran was vice president and chief quality and patient safety officer at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.
He discusses the challenges of his work with Miami Today staff writer Wayne Tompkins.
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