Nancy N. Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen

Clinical Professor
Regional Coordinator - Palo Alto
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At Pacific Since: 2004

Nancy N. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, FCSHP earned her bachelor of science in biochemistry from University of California, Davis. She took pre-pharmacy courses at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and earned her doctor of pharmacy from Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy. She completed both a pharmacy practice residency and a specialty pharmacy residency in HIV/AIDS from University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She has been a part of the Pacific family since 2004.

One of the things Dr. Nguyen loves about teaching at Pacific is the opportunity to influence the future of pharmacy. It is her ongoing goal to guide students to be inquisitive and to seek evidence-based answers to apply to their current training, as well as to their future practice. She is grateful to be able to share her excitement for clinical practice with her students, while seeing them grow as they practice their skills. Watching her students become competent pharmacists who take excellent care of their patients motivates her on a daily basis.

In her role as a Regional Coordinator for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience program (APPE) Dr. Nguyen is able to meet and work with a wide variety of people. She interacts with faculty and students on-campus, as well as people off-campus, such as pharmacists who work in various positions at numerous practice sites within the Bay Area.

Dr. Nguyen has been a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 2006. In 2012 she became a Certified HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Her research focus is on the aging of HIV populations and the complexities involved with their care and management.

An active member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, she served as Secretary in 2010, President-Elect in 2011, President in 2012 and Immediate Past President in 2013. She is also a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Her career has been shaped into what it is today by pharmacy professors and preceptors during her years as a student and as a resident. The individual who had the greatest impact on her professional development is Dr. Joanne Yasuda, who was a professor in the pharmacy practice department while she was a student at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. It was Dr. Yasuda who encouraged her to apply for the residency at UCSF, which proved to be very impactful to the course of Dr. Nguyen's career.


BS in Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1997

PharmD, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, 2002

Teaching Interests

Teaching Philosophy
"My main focus has always been to guide students to develop and expand their 'clinical curiosity,' to always ask questions and seek to find evidence-based medicine to apply to their current training as well as into their future practice."

PHRM 172 — Ambulatory Care
PHRM 175/176 — Capstone course
PHRM 184/185 — APPE Elective Rotation in Infectious Diseases
PHRM 184/185 — APPE Elective Rotation in Clinical Research

Research Focus

Research Interests

  • HIV and Aging (Aging of HIV population and complexities involved with the care and management of HIV-infected persons 50 years and older)
  • Medication Adherence in HIV
  • Drug Interactions Involving HIV Antiretrovirals
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Shah SA, Nguyen NN, and Bhattacharyya M. Energy implications of consuming caffeinated versus decaffeinated energy drinks. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2015 Oct;28(5):482-483.

Schirmer PL, Mercier RC, Ryono RA, Nguyen NN, Lucero CA, Oda G, and Holodniy M. Comparative assessment of antimicrobial usage measures in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2012;33(4):409-411.

O'Dell KM, Rummel AE, Fang NC, and Nguyen NN. Linaclotide: a guanylate cyclase type-C agonist for the treatment of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation. Formulary 2012;47(1):15-22.

Yiu P, Nguyen NN, and Holodniy M. Clinically significant drug interactions in younger and older Human Immunodeficiency Virus-positive patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. Pharmacotherapy 2011;31:480-489.

Ngo MQ, Nguyen NN, and Shah SA. Oral aloe vera for treatment of diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2010;67:1804-1811.

Nguyen NN and Holodniy M. HIV infection in the elderly. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2008;3(3):453-72.

Nguyen NN, Luong S, and Holodniy M. "Medication Adherence Among HIV Infected Veterans Using a Consolidated Mail Order Refill System." 4th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. July 2007;Abstract no. CDB340.

Nguyen NN, Yu SS, and Song JC. Ramelteon: a novel melatonin receptor agonist for the treatment of insomnia. Formulary. May 2005;40:146-155.

Book Chapter Authorship:

Nguyen NN. Chapter 31: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In: Shapiro K and Brown SA, eds. RxPrep, 2016 Edition. RxPrep, Inc. 2016.

Nguyen NN. Chapter 27: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In: Shapiro K and Brown SA, eds. RxPrep, 2015 Edition. RxPrep, Inc. 2015.