Mr. Doan Dao, M.D., is a Founder and President of V-VHA. He has more than 10 years of experience in many aspects of hepatitis B viral infection (HBV), including: basic research; clinical science; patient care; and outreach and advocacy programs. He is personally passionate about and professionally committed to serving those affected by HBV. He is also fluent in English and Vietnamese.
In addition to his work with V-VHA, Dr. Dao serves as Chairperson of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, USA.
In 2010, as a medical student, he established and served as Director (2010-2012) and Advisor (2012-present) of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Hepatitis B Free. Under Dr. Dao’s leadership and support, the DFW Hep B Free has been serving thousands of individual in the metropolis area and is recognized statewide by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas State Department of Health in 2011 and nationally as a Hep B United Champion in 2015 by Hep B United, a national coalition to address the public health challenge of HBV. In 2016, the Hep B Free was honored by White House for hepatitis awareness efforts.
A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, TX, Dr. Dao subsequently earned his medical degree and is obtaining his post-graduate clinical training in Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology/Hepatology (2012-present), as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program, a formal mechanism to facilitate and support the development of physician scientists in academic medicine; all this is being accomplished at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored T-32 training grant for his basic research in HBV immunobiology, Dr. Dao was also awarded the 2014 Hepatitis Fund for the Cure Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the American Liver Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Dao was awarded the Asian Heritage Award in Public Health by the Asian Heritage Society, CA, USA. Also in 2016, Dr. Dao was named Everyday Hero by the American Liver Foundation, USA for his effort “tackling hepatitis B from all directions, both in the U.S. and his home country of Vietnam”.