Title: Scientist, Researcher
Company: VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Location: Costa Mesa, CA, United States
An Q. Dang, Ph.D., retired scientist and researcher for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical research.
Dr. Dang is a retired scientist and researcher best known for his work in the role of lipids in diabetes, cancer, and renal hypertension. Raised in Vietnam, he began his studies at the University of Saigon College of Sciences, now the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Sciences, earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and physics in 1969. He came to the United States in 1973, completing additional coursework in biochemistry under the auspices of the American Medical Association. Between 1978 and 1980, Dr. Dang was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry at Tulane University, and in 1979, he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
He began a nearly 20-year affiliation with the VA Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1982, and in 1985, he became a research assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arkansas, remaining in both roles until 2000. He was presented with numerous awards for his work with the VA Medical Center, including performance awards in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991, Outstanding Performance Awards in 1989 and 1990, and an Outstanding Rating Certificate in 1987. In 2001, Dr. Dang accepted a research instructor position in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, departing in 2004 to become a research associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Dang spent the next two years as a research specialist in the Division of Rheumatology/Immunology at the University of Baltimore School of Medicine and a medical research associate with the Baltimore VA Medical Center-VA Maryland Health Care System before retiring and relocating to California.
Since his retirement, Dr. Dang has been a licensed long-term care ombudsman and volunteer resident advocate for senior nursing facilities in the Long Beach area. From 2012 until 2016, he was a volunteer research associate of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and he remains active in the larger community. Dr. Dang has been extensively published in professional journals and contributed numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters to scientific publications throughout his career, including the International Review Zone article “Lipids.” He emphasizes that the root of his work has always been a concern for others, including seniors and the economically disadvantaged, and he hopes to continue teaching or to have the opportunity to return to Vietnam to do scientific work in the coming years.
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