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NGUYEN--Khanh, M.D. It is with great sorrow that we recognize the sudden and tragic passing of our beloved colleague and friend Khanh Nguyen, MD, on Sunday, June 6. A member of the Mount Sinai community for more than 20 years, Dr. Nguyen was an esteemed pediatric cardiac surgeon, mentor, and role model. Dr. Nguyen earned his medical degree from the University of California-Irvine. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and then a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. A national leader in pediatric cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Nguyen served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital from 2002-2017. He pioneered less invasive approaches in pediatric cardiac surgery, and was renowned for his dedication to patients. Dr. Nguyen had a strong commitment to advancing cardiovascular surgery in developing countries, and frequently traveled to China, Honduras, Romania, Vietnam, and other countries to lead surgical missions. Dr. Nguyen brought colleagues on these missions to provide patient care and to model the multi-disciplinary approach critical to success in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. At the time of his passing, Dr. Nguyen was serving as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York. We will remember Dr. Nguyen as an extremely talented, generous, and humble leader--a "surgeon's surgeon." He made a difference in the world, and will be profoundly missed. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Physicians, Nurses, and Staff The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Nguyen Huu Khanh Memorial Fund, which will support medical infrastructure and missions in Vietnam. Email NHKmemorial@gmail.com for more details.

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Published in New York Times on Jun. 9, 2021.
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June 21, 2021
I could not believe when I heard about Dr. N. He performed heart surgery on my son when he was 3. A very kind gentleman. We are so sad to hear. We will never forget the gift you gave us. Condolences to his family.
Albert Beluli
Acquaintance
June 20, 2021
Dr. Khanh Nguyen,

I was shocked and lost of words when I heard the news. Thank you for teaching me to kind, humble, and giving back to Vietnam. You are my favorite surgeon to work with. Thank you for teaching me during my time that we worked together at MSH. R.I.P Dr. Khanh Nguyen. You will be missed by many.

Justin Thach
Coworker
June 19, 2021
Mãi mãi nhớ ơn anh...người anh lớn, người thầy lớn!!!!
Dung nguyen
Student
June 19, 2021
I got to know Dr. Nguyen when I was a trainee Anesthesiologist. He was an excellent surgeon but more importantly, he was patient, kind and giving. I had the privilege of joining him on a trip to Vietnam where he trained other surgeons and helped kids with complex cardiac issues. I have the utmost respect for him. My condolences on his passing.
Tanaya Sparkle
Coworker
June 18, 2021
In presence, he mends souls and brings happiness to the the world. In absence, he leaves behind the forlorn drumbeats lamenting the rhythms of aching hearts
Charles Phan Gia Quang, MD. VAMA-USA
Friend
June 18, 2021
He was a kind and very disciplined man. I worked with him during my fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital NY. He will be missed. My condolence to his family.

Alexander Egbe
Alexander Egbe
Coworker
June 18, 2021
Khanh
I want to thank you show my gratitude my love and my respect for you. You will be missed by those of us who shared your passion at work. God bless you.
Audrey
Coworker
June 17, 2021
We have come to know Dr. Khanh Nguyen as both a good friend and an extremely talented colleague in our Vietnamese American Medical Association.
He is a great physician who did save many lives. We are saddened to hear that he passed away.
Though he did go out of our sight but we will always carry his memory in our hearts.

Dang D. Nguyen, MD and wife Michelle Mỹ Thanh
Dang D Nguyen
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June 17, 2021
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June 16, 2021
Exceptional surgeon. Extraordinary human being. "A life well lived"
Dr. Nguyen, you were too well loved to ever be forgotten.

Therese King
Coworker
June 15, 2021
I was extremely shocked when I heard that Dr Khanh Nguyen passed away. A talented surgeon, a respected and admirable teacher and a generous brother.
He left, leaving infinite loved regrets in our hearts.
Praying for his soul to escape in the world of bliss!
Dr. Minh Thanh BUI
Friend
June 15, 2021
I was extremely shocked when I heard that Dr. Khanh Nguyen passed away. A talented cardiac pediatric surgeon, a respected and admirable teacher and a generous brother.
He left, leaving infinite loved regrets in our hearts.
Praying for his soul to escape in the world of bliss!
Dr. Minh Thanh BUI
Friend
June 14, 2021
Dear Ms Thủy,
I am shocked and saddened to learn of the death of your husband, our great friend and teacher of heart surgery in Vietnam and around the world.
Prof. Khanh was thoughtful and generous, and his devotion to children with heart diseases is admirable. I always remembered when Hue Cardiac Center was built by Atlantic Philanthropies in 2007, we invited Prof Khanh who helped us to train the local team and perform heart surgery for Vietnamese children, and then he did do it as a son of Hue City. He presents as a very active and spirited person who took part in most of our community activities. I am sure he will be remembered fondly by those who got to know him.
I will cherish the memories I have of Prof Khanh. I remember meeting Khanh and you for the last time at a dinner party in New York 2017. His commitment to maintaining support cardiac surgery in VietNam and his smile lit the room.
Let Lord bless you and his family with the strength to sail though this tough situation.
With love
Prof. Bui Duc Phu
Cardiac surgeon
Former Director Hue Central Hospital

Cô Thủy thân mến!
Tôi rất sốc và đau buồn khi biết về cái chết của chồng bạn, người bạn và người thầy vĩ đại của chúng tôi về phẫu thuật tim ở Việt Nam và trên thế giới.
GS Khánh là người chu đáo, rộng lượng và sự tận tâm của ông đối với trẻ em mắc bệnh tim rất đáng khâm phục. Tôi luôn nhớ khi Trung tâm Tim mạch Huế do Atlantic Philanthropies xây dựng vào năm 2007, chúng tôi đã mời GS Khánh, người đã giúp chúng tôi đào tạo đội ngũ địa phương và phẫu thuật tim cho trẻ em Việt Nam, và sau đó ông đã làm điều đó với tư cách là một người con của Thành phố Huế. Anh ấy thể hiện là một người rất năng động và có tinh thần, người đã tham gia hầu hết các hoạt động cộng đồng của chúng tôi. Tôi chắc chắn rằng anh ấy sẽ được nhớ đến một cách trìu mến bởi những ai đã biết về anh ấy.
Tôi sẽ trân trọng những kỷ niệm mà tôi có về GS Khánh. Tôi nhớ đã gặp Khánh và bạn lần cuối trong một bữa tiệc tối ở New York 2017. Cam kết duy trì hoạt động phẫu thuật tim hỗ trợ ở Việt Nam và nụ cười của anh ấy đã thắp sáng cả căn phòng.
Hãy để Chúa ban phước lành cho bạn và gia đình có sức mạnh để chèo lái dù trong hoàn cảnh khó khăn này.
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June 14, 2021
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June 12, 2021
You live your life to the fullest Dr. Khánh Hữu Nguyễn. Vĩnh Biệt. Cầu chúc cho linh hồn bạn sớm an nghỉ nơi cõi Vĩnh Hằng.
Khai H Vu
Friend
June 11, 2021
I had the pleasure of being in the same club with Khan. He seemed to cherish his time spent on the field and in the sky. Khanh was incredibly humble, and exuded a sense of peace. He tried to be just one of the guys, but he was special, he's saved so many others. To his family, I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Doug Roberts
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June 10, 2021
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Mark, Moon and Jasmine
June 10, 2021
To our beloved nephew,

Although your passing came too soon, you lived life fully, achieved professional excellence, and touched and saved many lives, especially those of the most vulnerable --- small children with life-threatening health conditions.
Let us all be inspired by your example to live lives of love, compassion, and service to others.
We offer our condolences to the family, friends, former patients, and colleagues.

We love and miss you so much.
Uncle Mark, Auntie Moon and Jasmine
Mark and Moon Ethridge
Family
June 10, 2021
Dr. Nguyen was a great Surgeon. I was amazed with his techniques. He modified instruments in a way where he can work alone because he would always say that in small babies the field is so small that it becomes a one man job only. He’s very talented. He really cared for his patients and their family. Dr. Nguyen, you have helped so many kids in different walks of life. I still can’t believe you’re gone. It hurts. Your family is grieving as well as all your colleagues and your patients. We lost a great surgeon. You were gone to soon. You made a big impact in the lives of so many. I hope wherever you are, you are happy. We will never forget you and all the works you have done. It was a pleasure working with you. Until we meet again.
JN
Coworker
June 10, 2021
I found out the news today and it has left my heart feeling very heavy. Dr. Nguyen took care of our son Jonathan for his heart repair at 4 weeks and 6 days old along with his team of staff and nurses. Because of Dr. Nguyen Jonathan does not have have a zipper scar, he has been cleared from cardiology for 2 years, and he is a happy and active little boy. There are no words that can explain the gratitude our family feels for Dr. Nguyen and the care he provided us. He truly is an amazing man who will never be forgotten. RIP, Dr. Nguyen and thank you for your selfless service.
Maria & Jon Neidig
Acquaintance
June 10, 2021
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Alberto Recchi
June 10, 2021
In memory of a wonderful person and fellow club member. My condolences and deepest sympathies to all his family.
Alberto Recchi (Aero Club Albatross)
Friend
June 10, 2021
To my beloved cousin

Still so shocked you passed away , I will always remember your kindness and admire the human being you were .
I 'm so sad not to be able to meet after years when I went to US , you were still studying medicine and I was only a teeenager .
I share all family's pain with family and relatives in France.
You keep living in our hearts for ever and I keep thinking it's just a goodbye and we meet again in a better place .

Cousin My NGUYEN NGOC
My NGUYEN NGOC
Family
June 10, 2021
Oh my gosh. I was just informed of Dr. Nguyen’s passing. My heart is so heavy as he took care of my son at only 4 weeks and 6 days old to repair his Congential heart defect. Words cannot describe the gratitude our family has for Dr. Nguyen, Ana, and their team for my son being the happy and healthy little boy he is today. My DEEPEST condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace His memory will live on through us ♥
Maria Neidig
Acquaintance
June 10, 2021
In Memory of a great person and a great club member. We shared the love of flying which was only one of many factettes and passions Khanh had. Thanks for the great memories and flights we had together. Our day win at The Blairstown Little Guys' Glider Meet in 2020 springs to mind. Aero Club Albatross and the soaring community will miss you. Our condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Boris Kubrak (Aero Club Albatross)
Friend
June 10, 2021
Words cannot describe the grief of hearing the passing of a dear friend in a sudden.
Van N Tran
Classmate
June 10, 2021
Dr. Kahn Nguyen was a wonderful pediatric surgeon. As a scrub nurse it was amazing to witness the sheer creativity and resourcefulness he would employ in operating on sometimes extremely tiny babies. He invented retractors that would allow him to operate almost singlehandedly on a field that was fraught with visual and space limitations owing to tiny incisions and limited space. He showed the utmost respect and professionalism for the whole team. When the case became fraught with stress and danger, he would stay calm and composed. I will always remember how patient he was... he would wait for infinite patches of time before closing to make sure the patient had stopped bleeding and check if the blood products were inducing the correct response in the patient. He was a true gentleman and our hearts will always miss our gentle surgeon who changed so many lives for the better. Fly with the Angels, Dr. Nguyen. We will miss you always.
Catherina C-DeCarlo
Coworker
June 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Thanks for the opportunity for a better future for my baby, thanks for helping my son, thank you for helping so many people in this world. the world lost an angel.
Ryan Requena and Magdalena Arce
Significant Other
June 10, 2021
Es un dolor tan grande, gracias a él mi hijo de 6 meses puede tener un futuro gracias a él mi hijo seguira con nosotros, hace un mes el doctor lo operó ese día volvió a nacer mi bebe, no tengo mas palabras duele tanto que un gran ser humano se haya ido. Mi mas sentido pésame para su familia y amigos. El mundo perdió a un grande!
Magdalena J Arce ( Ryan Requena)
Significant Other
June 9, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dung Nguyen
Student
June 9, 2021
Brilliant surgeon, outstanding human being, and amazing friend. You are irreplaceable and will never be forgotten. My love and prayers to his family.
Ana Riccio
Friend
June 9, 2021
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June 9, 2021
Brilliant surgeon, outstanding human being, and amazing friend. You are irreplaceable and will never be forgotten. My love and prayers to his family.
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June 9, 2021
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June 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Tuan Truong
Family
June 9, 2021
Dr. Nguyen gave my son a second chance at life when he performed my son's heart transplant in Dec. 2001. Without his gift and skills as a surgeon, my son would not be turning 20 this Friday. It was December 13th, 2001 that he performed the surgery. Christopher, my son, came to me today to tell me about Dr. N's passing. He found out from his girlfriend, who ironically was also saved through cardiac surgery performed when she was an infant by Dr. N. He not only saved 2 babies, strangers at the time, but those babies have now found one another and have been given the opportunity to find first love. The circle of life that he unknowingly brought to this world, in just this one example, is part of his legacy as a great surgeon. Our prayers and deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.
The Piccininni Family
Jacky Piccininni
Acquaintance
June 9, 2021
R.I.P cousin.
God bless your family.
Raymond Entzmann
Family
June 9, 2021
Very humble
naresh bahl np
Coworker
June 9, 2021
A man of amazing skills and enormous compassion. In 2008 or 2009, at the end of my cardiac care mission in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the team was asked to see a cyanotic baby just born there. He had d-transposition with intact ventricular septum. The team had no further available oxygenator to perform surgical care. After finding a balloon catheter among our supply, we performed Rashkind atrial septostomy. This infant was sent to the Mount Sinai Hospital where Dr. Nguyen successfully performed arterial switch operation.
Recently, I had an unusual privilege to make a connection between Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Cao Khang, a pediatric heart surgeon in Ho Chi Minh Ciry over a care of dilated myocardiopathy patient.
In all contacts I had with Dr. Nguyen, he was kind full of knowledge and compassionate.
I am stunned losing him. My deepest sympathy to all who love and miss him.
Hisashi Nikaidoh, M.D.
Friend
June 9, 2021
Truly an angel on earth. He performed hundreds of charitable surgeries on behalf of Gift of Life We are devastated by his passing.
Bob Klingen
Friend
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