Hon-Vu Q. Duong, M.D.

Senior Biology Lecturer

Hon-Vu DuongResidency - Opththalmology, Howard University
Fellowship - Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Residency - General Surgery, University of Virginia
M.D. Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Vertebrate Physiology, Pennsylvania State University

: NSE Building, Office 134
(702) 992-2612
Email: Vu.Duong@nsc.edu

Dr. Duong was born in Hue, Vietnam. In 1975, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Virginia. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army. After four years of distinguished service he was honorably discharged from the Army to attend college and medical school. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, he completed his General Surgery training at The University of Virginia Health Science Center; his ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital, where he received advanced training in oculoplastic and microsurgery; and his fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. 

At NSC, he uses his medical knowledge and professional life experiences to makes his courses interesting, practical, and applicable. His primary focus as an instructor is that students not only master course content, but are able to apply the knowledge to novel contexts. Dr. Duong, along with Drs. Sofferman, Kebede, Vuong, Patel, and Ocan, published the Case Studies Workbook, 3rd edition, for nursing students at NSC and nationwide.

One of the most interesting aspects of Dr. Duong's classes is his emphasis on community-based learning. As a professional, Dr. Duong has consistently participated in humanitarian missions to Haiti, Kenya, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and he truly believes that selfless endeavors are an essential part of the medical practice. However, this emphasis on kindness doesn't mean his classes are a breeze; he expects a lot out of his students and pushes them to give their best.

  • BIOL 223 & 224 Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • BIOL 251 Microbiology
  • BIOL 405 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 440/448 Mammalian Physiology
  • BIOL 473 Advanced Topics in Molecular & Cell Biology - Pathology
  • BIOL 475 Neurobiology

undergraduate research

In 2013, the Small World Initiative was initiated at Yale University’s Center for Scientific Teaching. Under the guidance of Dr. Duong, NSC partnered with Yale and the program was implemented at NSC in Fall of 2014. The Small World Initiative is an innovative research collaboration that brings a unique combination of science education, scientific research, and science diplomacy to college classrooms. Using authentic research as inspiration, this initiative focuses on addressing a worldwide health threat: the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. Students are challenged to discover new antibiotics produced by soil bacteria isolated from local environments. The program offers undergraduate students an authentic research experience built into first- and second-year life science courses, where they explore the biological and chemical diversity of local soil environments. While antibiotic discovery and development take longer than a semester, the collective effort of many students increases the chance of identifying potential candidates for new drugs.

selected publications
  • Duong, HV, Westfield, KC, Singleton, IC. Treatment paradigm after uncomplicated cataract surgery: a prospective evaluation.  Asian-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology (Phila).  2014 Jul-Aug; 3(4):220-225.
  • Duong, HV, Westfield, KC, Jones, LS, Mitchell, J, Carr, T.  A survey of ocular diseases in an isolated rural Haitian community: A retrospective evaluation.  J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Nov-Dec; 104(11-12):536-43.
  • Duong, HV.  Alternative pharmacotherapy paradigm to cataract surgery.  US Ophthalmic Review. 2012; 5(1):46–50.
  • Duong HV, Westfield KC, Singleton IC (2011) Comparing three post-op regiments for management of inflammation post uncomplicated cataract surgery: “Are steroids really necessary?” J Clinic Experiment Ophthalmol.  2011; 2(6); 163:1-6. 
  • Duong, HV, Westfield, KC.  Alloplant implant: A novel biomaterial in the management of recalcitrant glaucoma.  Medscape J Med.  2008; 10(7):177.  
  • Duong, HV, Westfield, KC, Chalkley, TH. Ketorolac tromethamine LS 0.4% versus nepafenac 0.1% in patients having cataract surgery. Prospective randomized double-masked clinical trial.  J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Nov; 33(11):1925-9. 
  • Duong, HV, McLean, IW, Beahm, DE. Bilateral diffuse melanocytic proliferation associated with primary ovarian carcinoma with metastatic malignant amelanotic melanomt.  Am J Ophthalmol.  2006 Oct; 142(4):693-5.

Textbook Chapters

  • Duong, HV, Sofferman, S, , Patel, V, Ocan, Mercedes (2015). Anatomy & Physiology: Case Studies Workbook. 3rd Ed. Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN: 9781465269638.
  • Duong, HV (2013). Corneal Embryology. In Copeland and Afshari, Principles and Practice of Cornea (Two Volume Set), 1st ed. Jaypee Brothers Publisher. New Delhi, IN. 
  • Duong, HV (2013). Corneal Physiology. In Copeland and Afshari, Principles and Practice of Cornea (Two Volume Set), 1st ed. Jaypee Brothers Publisher. New Delhi, IN.
  • Duong, HV (2008). Sickle Cell Retinopathy. In F. Hampton Roy & Frederick Fraunfelder (6th ed.), Current Ocular Therapy. New York: Elsevier.
  • Duong, HV (2008). Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Eyelids. In F. Hampton Roy & Frederick Fraunfelder (6th ed.), Current Ocular Therapy. New York: Elsevier.