Nhu Thao Nguyen Galvan, M.D., M.P.H., FACS Photo

Nhu Thao Nguyen Galvan, M.D., M.P.H., FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine



Abdominal Transplant & Liver Disease (Clinic)
Baylor Clinic
Suite 1450
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(832) 355-1400
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  • American Board of Surgery


  • BS from Emory University
  • MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    New Orleans

  • MD from Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency at Baylor College of Medicine

  • Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine


  • Female

Professional Statement

N. Thao N. Galván, M.D., MPH specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantations. Dr. Galván is an assistant professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. During that time, she obtained her Master of Public Health degree, focused on international health and organizational policy, from Tulane University. She completed her general surgery residency along the research track at Baylor College of Medicine. During her residency, Dr. Galván was awarded a CPRIT fellowship supporting her two-year research study on the genomics of hepatocellular carcinoma. She helped to develop the Texas Cancer Research Biobank in collaboration with the Human Genome Sequencing Center, a platform which contributed to the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Genome Atlas. Dr. Galván subsequently completed a two-year abdominal transplant fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Galván is the author of numerous articles in the areas of solid organ transplantation outcomes, ethics and surgical technique, especially focused on the pediatric transplant population. Furthermore, she is interested in additive bioengineering and its potential for the field of transplant medicine. In collaboration with Rice University, she has a funded study to create an in vivo porcine model of vascular flow using 3D-printed vascular constructs and will continue to branch out to test the viability of organoids along these engineered vascular networks. She will begin in vivo studies of an implantable bioartificial kidney device in collaboration with UCSF and Dr. Shuvo Roy. In regards to public policy, she is helping to expand definitions of eligible organ donors to include those who would donate via Imminent Death Donation. She currently holds 3-year term within the Ethics Committee of the ASTS.

Professional Achievements

  • Women of Excellence
    05/2019 - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Outstanding Chief Resident in General Surgery
    Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
  • Outstanding Teaching Resident Award
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Best Intern of the Year
    Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care
    05/2020 - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Professional Educator Appreciation Award (PEAR)
    Baylor College of Medicine Medical Students

Professional Interests

  • Liver Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Ethics and Healthcare Policy
  • Bioengineering and Medicine
  • Pediatric Portosystemic Shunts

Professional Specialties

  • Liver transplantation
  • Renal transplantation


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • United Network for Organ Sharing