Dr. Phuong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and his Medical Doctor degree at the Medical College of Georgia. Subsequently, he completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati where he also served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Phuong is US Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He also received his Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1998.
A Vietnamese-American, Phuong left Viet Nam at the age of ten but returned to work in his home country since 1999. Upon returning to Viet Nam, he worked as a Rockefeller Foundation Development Fellow at the Ha Noi School of Public Health and as a Public Health Consultant prior to joining Atlantic.
Dr. Phuong began working with The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2000 as a Consultant for the Viet Nam Program and helped to establish the Ha Noi Representative Office in 2003. From 2003-2013, he was the Atlantic’s Country Director in Viet Nam. He also served as Atlantic’s Global Population Health Program Director from 2008 – 2012, overseeing Atlantic’s Health Programs in Viet Nam, South Africa and Cuba. As Country Director for Viet Nam, Dr. Phuong was responsible for overseeing Atlantic’s grant making portfolio of over $384 million USD for the Health and Higher Education sectors.
Dr. Phuong founded a new US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Resources for Health Equity (or RHE), to carry on the work. Like The Atlantic Philanthropies before it, RHE is also dedicated to advance the fundamental rights to health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations throughout Southeast Asia.
With a keen interest to support the emerging social entrepreneurship sector in Viet Nam and the general development of philanthropy in Southeast Asia, Dr. Phuong is also involved as board member of the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion, an NGO established in 2008 to help nurture and support organizations that seeking to adopt social entrepreneurial solutions to the social and environmental challengesexisting in Viet Nam. He is also on the Board of the VinaCapital Foundation to help improve the lives of children in this country through community programs and building local capacity to address social issues of access to health care and education.