Research and Education


  • Dr. Quyen Chu was the recipient of the U.S. Faculty Scholar Award from the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). VEF was established by U.S. Congress in December 2000 as an independent federal agency to promote bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam through educational exchanges. One of VEF's missions is to encourage highly qualified American educators (at least at an Associate Professor level) to teach students in Vietnam in the field of science, engineering, mathematics, technology or medicine.  

    LSUHSC at Shreveport is the only one of three universities in the nation to have received a federal grant to begin an international educational relationship with Vietnam via telemedicine. Dr. Chu is working to build an exchange program whereby students/faculty from LSUHSC at Shreveport will have the opportunity to spend time in Vietnam and vice-versa, in order to foster mutual understandings between the two cultures.

  • The Director General of the World Health Organization has granted translation rights for an edition of Surgical Care at the District Hospital in Vietnamese to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, which is solely responsible for the Vietnamese edition. This edition is translated/edited by Quyen D. Chu, M.D., F.A.C.S. pursuant to a Grant from the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), a United States Government Agency.

  • Dr. Quyen Chu is spearheading an international effort between LSU, the International College of Surgeons, and Government of Vietnam to have a medical mission to Vietnam in October 2010.


  • Dr. Roger Kim's current research is focused on:
    1. Studying surgical skills training and simulation-based training of medical students and surgery residents
    2. Comparing the impact of PowerPoint lecture vs. prior presentation experience on surgery residents and their research skills
  •  Dr. Quyen Chu's major areas of research interest:
    1. Role of CXCR4 chemokine receptor as a potential prognostic factor HER-2 negative breast cancers
    2. Utilizing novel suicide gene therapy based on overexpression of eIF4E and CXCR4 for the treatment of breast and colorectal cancer
    3. Utilizing novel oncolytic adenoviruses based on the overexpression of eIF4E and CXCR4 for the treatment of breast and colorectal cancer
    4. Development of a rat colorectal carcinomatosis model and utilizing cytoreductive surgery, intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy, and gene therapy to improve outcome
    5. Cancer Disparities
    6. Surgical Education in Vietnam  

Student Research

Surgical residents and medical students working on research within Surgical Oncology are mentored by Drs. Chu, Kim and Li. Student research accomplishments under their direction include: 

Catherine Parker, M.D. - Best Oral Presentation at 2011 LA-ACS/SAL: Independent Prognostic Marker for Node+ Breast Cancer Patients Mentor: Quyen Chu, M.D.

Mandy Henderson, M.D. - Best Poster Presentation at 2011 LA-ACS/SAL: Race/Ethnicity Has No Impact on Outcomes in TNBC Patients Mentor: Quyen Chu, M.D.

David Hiller, 4th year medical student - AAS Student Research Awards: CXCR4 overexpression as a therapeutic marker in breast cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy