Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD

Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 53

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Telehealth services available

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(571) 470-7673

Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Reston, VA. He is affiliated with Reston Hospital Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nguyen to book an appointment.

Locations

Virginia Spine Institute

Virginia Spine Institute11800 Sunrise Valley Dr Ste 800 Reston, VA 20191
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Dr. Nguyen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nguyen

4.5

Based on 40 ratings

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What went well
  • Office environment (39)
  • Appointment scheduling (36)
  • Explained conditions well (34)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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I have been in pain for years and decided to come to VSI for a second opinion. While meeting with Dr. Nguyen he mentioned stem cells. We talked about diagnostic tests that would be done and I decided this was the right path for me. I had my stem cell procedure 0n Februry 24, It is now April 9 and I can not put into words how truly life changing this has been for me. I had pain and was not very mobile before the procedure... I am almost pain free and I am increasing my activities every day. I am absolutely grateful beyond words that my path crossed with Dr. Nguyen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Joann T. – Apr 09, 2021
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I came to Dr. Nguyen wheelchair bound in extreme pain, with little hope of ever walking again. He listened to every detail of my complicated history and took time to build trust with me. Together we made a pain management plan. It took more than two years, included referrals to the surgical side and to physical therapy, with Dr. Nguyen always part of my team. Now I am mobile with a cane and walker, I can drive short distances, and my pain is managed. I never thought we'd get here, but he always believed we would. He is absolutely amazing.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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H. C. – Apr 06, 2021
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Dr. Nguyen believes that surgery should be the last resort. I had severe continuous back pain in C3-C5. We started with cortisone shots, then radio-frequency ablation, and episiotomies; all worked for a year, then reduced in helpfulness. Finally, rather than fusion surgery, Dr. Nguyen proposed Stem Cell Injections, which was not covered by insurance. It was the best money I've ever spent! It took ~15 months for the stem cells to reach full growth and my pain slowly reduced. Now, I can golf again! I rarely feel any pain at all; only when I overexert myself, and it goes away by the next day. Thank you, Dr. Nguyen!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Michael R. – Apr 05, 2021
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Dr. Nguyen has allowed me to heal from my 4th surgery at my own pace and hears my input..
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Jennifer D. – Mar 27, 2021
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Always professional; always willing to review and answer questions; seeks input from patient; provides thoughtful and insightful solutions to chronic, service-connected spine pain. I will not see any other doctor for pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Jc D. – Jan 04, 2021
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I have been seeing DR Nguyen for several years now and the team has been great to work with in managing my back and neck issues. Always have had solid positive results that has allowed me to continue my activities for both work and physical.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Lance P. – Jul 15, 2020
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i have often wished he could be my primary care physician. He understands your whole body physically and mentally
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Anonymous – Feb 24, 2020
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I have been with him for over ten years, He has always worked to provide me with the best possible medications ,excercise, what ever it takes to make my situation the very best. He TRULY cares about his patients . You could not find a better doctor anywhere . HE is the BEST!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marlyse S. – Feb 04, 2020
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Dr. Nguyen is the reason we stay with VA Spine Institute. He has our back, and our trust. We value his experience!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Jerry S. – Dec 21, 2019
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I would recommend Dr. Nguyen to anyone. He is eager to help and always listens to any questions, or concerns that I may have both before and after my surgeries. I always feel that I have his undivided attention and that I am his #1 priority. He is also great at communicating with my family what is going on with me and where I am at in the process. He is a true asset to VSI.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael K. – Nov 15, 2019
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I have been seeing Dr. Nguyen for 4 years now. He listens to me and never rushes through our appointments. He truly makes me feel like I am a person and not a number. My physical problems and pain levels fluctuate constantly which would make some others give up (this has happened to me 2x previous times before coming here). Not Dr. Nguyen....he often sits back, pulls up the images/history and says "Ok, let's start over and look at this differently". How many other doctors can you think of that do that?
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Scott H. – Oct 31, 2019
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I have worked with Dr. Nguyen for years on chronic pain issues. He has always listened, understood and suggested actionable items. He has always provided me with a feeling of hope and followed it up with actions that justify that hope. Dr. Nguyen clearly stays up-to-date on new research and works it in as it is warranted. Dr Nguyen is truly empathetic and personally invested in his patient's outcomes. I really appreciate thisl. A wonderful doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Anonymous – Oct 18, 2019
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I had a very friendly experience, accurate experience, and great knowledge of all my pain issues.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Elizabeth G. – Oct 17, 2019
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After years of doctors not listing or understanding my back pain, I had tears of joy after seeing Dr. Nguyen. He truly hears what I say and takes the time to come up with a plan of action to relieve my pain. He has been my pain management physician for the past 9 years and I wouldn't be able to live life to my fullest without him. Thank you Dr. Nguyen!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Joyce S. – Sep 13, 2019
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I have been a patient of Dr. Nguyen since 2007 for pain management. He is the reason I continue to come to VSI even though VSI is out of network. The best quality about him that keeps me coming back is he treats the person as a whole not just where I am experiencing pain. He explains to me options NOT just in medical terms but in a way that I can understand. Never rushes me and has a wonderful way of communicating by connecting with me. I honestly can say that if doctors would take the time to connect and have a conversation with their patient VS. TELLING people would feel more valued and know that the patient and the doctor work together to be solution based. When one is in pain it is scary but he takes the fear away from me so my care is manageable in my mind. He is the best !!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Jennifer S. – Sep 05, 2019
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I have been coming to VA Spine for years due to ongoing spine issues and Dr. Nguyen works to find the best treatments to help me be able to work and live the best life I can. His kindness,, mixed with his extensive medical knowledge allows for a well-rounded plan. The entire staff at VA Spine are compassionate and very helpful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ingrid W. – Sep 05, 2019
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I could not ask for a better physician for my pain management care. Very caring and supportive, just what patients are looking for.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jeff B. – May 06, 2019
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I have been with Dr. Nguyen since he started with the VSI. If it weren't for his care and balancing of my pain meds I would not be up and walking. It is due to his compassion and skill that I am as mobile as I am. He is willing to to get emails from me (at 3 am), shifts my meds in bad times, and is my rock when the pain tries to overtake my life. He is the only medical professional that I trust my very life to. What a gift he is to those of us who need a great PM Doc.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jill R. – May 01, 2019
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dr.nguyen would listen to what i had to say, then he would give me his opinion. i did not always like what he had to say, i did let him know what i thought and i was not the most easy going but in the end he was correct. i love vsi
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Melvin B. – Apr 25, 2019
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Dr Nguyen changed my life. Words will never convey the depths of my gratitude yet I'll try so that others will be lucky enough to experience his first rate phenomenal care. Dr Nguyen isn't just brilliantly knowledgeable as a physician, he's also unbelievably empathetic and compassionate, which sadly is a rare combination. He spends time actually listening to patients& genuinely cares. Highly recommended isn't even suffice! He is an amazing Dr and even stays on top of new findings in medicine!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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M. A. B. – Apr 20, 2019
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No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Nguyen's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nguyen treats Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Nguyen treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nguyen treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Nguyen treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nguyen treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Nguyen treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Nguyen's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Nguyen joined Virginia Spine Institute in 2005 to strengthen the comprehensive and interventional pain management practice. As Director of the Pain...Read more

Biography

Dr. Nguyen joined Virginia Spine Institute in 2005 to strengthen the comprehensive and interventional pain management practice. As Director of the Pain...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Education

2004
Medical College of Georgia
Residency Hospital
1999
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Fellowship Hospital
1998
The George Washington U
Residency Hospital
1995
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1990
The College Of William and Mary
Undergraduate School
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Does Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nguyen frequently treats Back Pain, Low Back Pain, and Osteoarthritis of Spine. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nguyen treats.

Where is Dr. Thomas Nguyen, MD's office located?

Dr. Nguyen's office is located at 11800 Sunrise Valley Dr Ste 800, Reston, VA 20191. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Reston Hospital Center

Reston, VA

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)