Dr. Tien Nguyen, MD

Dr. Tien Nguyen, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 50
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Tien Nguyen, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from New York Medical College in 1993 and specializes in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery.

18035 Brookhurst St Ste 1700

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Nguyen performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
very high
more than 94% of peers
Herniated Disc Surgery
very high
more than 94% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Ataxia
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fracture              
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Occidental College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • New York Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • San Joaquin General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Schoold Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Children's Hosital Los Angeles, Usc University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • UCLA Medical Center, Harbor/UCLA Medical College
    Other Education | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Ulrich Batzdorf UCLA Faculty Teaching Award, 2003
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery, 2000
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence inTeaching Award, 2002
  • Ulrich Batzdorf UCLA Faculty Teaching Award, 2005
  • UCLA Healthcare Star, 2004
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1993
  • Ulrich Batzdorf UCLA Faculty Teaching Award, 2004
Media & Publications

Dr. Nguyen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nguyen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nguyen to family and friends
based on 33 total reviews (6 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (32)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Nguyen's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

3 Stars on healthgrades is Good and 4 is very good so don’t be afraid of the 3 stars. I was afraid and the comments from others that said this Dr. is rude and mean. I found him to be stone-faced and serious which is what I would prefer in a brain and spine surgeon. My only complaint is that it took...more
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Went to the doctor on a referral and it was not good news. He asked a bunch of questions in which most of the answers from the patient was no. However if he were to ask me the same questions most the answers would be yes. What does that mean? He was very frank and straight forward with the...more
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He's a good doctor, I'll admit that. But his attitude and manners are terrible and horrible. Downright disrespectful.
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He may be a good doctor, but he did not respect patients. The way his office works is terrible. He assigned me to see his assistant in my appointment without informing me, and without my allowance. I had to wait 2.5 hours for the first visit. For the second one, I waited for 1 hour, then no one let...more
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He seems to be a good surgeon but his bedside manners are horrible. Downright mean sometimes.
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