Name: Nguyen Thanh Liem
Present positions: Director
Vinmec Research Institute of Stem cell and Gene Techonology
Honorary Associate
Sydney Medical School – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical
School The University of Sydney
Honorary president of Hanoi autism club


MBA, Griggs University/Viet Nam National University
Full Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery
PhD, Hanoi Medical University
Medical Doctor, Hanoi Medical University


2016-present: Director – Vinmec Research Institute of Stem cell and Gene Techonology
2013-2016: Director General – Vinmec International Hospital
2010 – 2014: Director – Research Institute for Child Health
2002 – 1/2013: Director – National Hospital of Pediatrics
1999 – 2002: Vice Director – National Hospital of Pediatrics
1979 – 1999: Department of Surgery, National Hospital of Pediatri

2019 Top 100 significant Asian scientists
2019 Top 10 outstanding Citizens of Hanoi
2019 VTV Award: The man of the year
2018 Nikkei Asia Prize in the Science and Technology
2012 Award of Vietnam Talent
2008 National Labour Hero Medal
2006 Third Rank Labour Medal
2005 Ho Chi Minh Award (transplantation achievements)
1999 First prize for Scientific Creativity of Vifotec

First person in Viet Nam and Southeast Asia to carry out endoscopic surgery in children
Contributing nine new pediatric endoscopic surgical techniques: First surgeon in the world to perform laparoscopic operation for rectal atresia, thoracoscopic repair for congenital diaphragmatic hernia in newborns, thoracoscopic repair under High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilator at ICU for severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia in newborns, thoracoscopic pericardiectomy for purulent pericarditis, laparoscopic rectal pullthrough and delayed urogenital repair for cloaca, one trocar assisted ureteroureterostomy, combined laparoscopic Professor Nguyen Thanh Liem, CV, Page 3 of 15 and modified PSAP for rectourethral fistula in anorectal malformations; One of two first surgeons in the world to perform one trocar nephrectomy for multicystic dysplastic kidney.
Contributing 30 scientific publications on pediatric endoscopic surgery in prestige international journals.
Successfully carried out 5 operations to separate conjoined twins.
International leading expert in Endoscopic Surgery for Choledochal Cyst (more than 500
cases) and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (more than 300 cases)
Realized the first pediatric kidney, liver in pediatric hospitals in Vietnam.
First surgeon performed robotic operation in Vietnam.
First person in Vietnam performed stem cell transplantation for biliary atresia in 2012,
cerebral palsy in 2014, for autism in 2015, spina bifida in 2015, intestinal neural dysplasia in 2015, brain damage due to drowning, and auto transplant of immune cells for cancer patients in 2016.
First person in the world performed stem cell transplantation for established bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intestinal neural dysplasia, and management of constipation in children with spina bifida in 2017.
Detected the first patient with H5N1 in Vietnam in 2003 and a leader of research project on H5N1 contributing to prevent this epidemic and reduce deaths in Vietnam and the region.
Confirmed a correlation between muscular injection of antibiotic and Delta fibrosis epidemic that helped to eliminate the disease in Vietnamese children


Results of cell therapy for incurable neurological conditions

Nguyen Thanh Liem MD, PhD

Vinmec Research Institute of Stem cell and Gene technology

Many neurological diseases have high morbidity and sequelae such as autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.

Conventional treatments have very limited effect on these diseases. Recently, cell infusion/transplantation has emerged as a promising treatment for these conditions. In this report we will present the results of cell therapy for 4 types of mentioned neurological diseases. Autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells or allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells were infused into the spinal cord cavity. All procedures were performed safely, without serious adverse reactions. Mental and motor improvement were both noted in over 80% of patientsFrom our results, we may conclude that cell therapy is safe and effective for incurable neurological conditions.

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