Trinh Thi Nhat Truong, M.D.
- Associate Clinical Professor
Philosophy of Care
I believe in empowering both patients and families to be a part of the decision making process when it comes to their health decisions. I also believe that medical therapy should not only focus on medications but, where indicated, should address any other concerns that may affect a child's health including nutrition, religious or cultural beliefs, alternative medicine as well as psychosocial health.
Dr. Truong is a general pediatric gastroenterologist & hepatologist offering care for children with various gastroenterologic, hepatologic & nutritional conditions such as chronic abdominal pain, bowel dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, liver disease, feeding disorders and failure to thrive. She is the director of the pediatric endoscopy center at UC Davis and has specialized skills in more advanced endoscopic techniques. She has special clinical interest and expertise in irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, aerodigestive diseases and gastrointestinal bleeding.
In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Truong has a Masters in clinical research from UCLA.
Some past & present research activity and interest areas include:
- Alternative treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome including I-Stim
- Cystic fibrosis enzyme replacement therapy and nutritional status
- Lubiprostone in pediatric subjects with functional constipation
- Common etiology of functional syndromes such as irritable bowel syndrome & fibromyalgia
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease - fundoplications
- Human milk beta glucuronidase levels and neonatal jaundice
- Selection of peptide ligands to target drugs and genetic material and construct biocompatible materials
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
M.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison WI 2004
M.A., Clinical Research, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2009
B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison WI 2001
Internship: Pediatrics, Charles Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2001-2002
Pediatrics, University of California - Irvine, Orange CA 2002-2004
Pediatric Gastroenterology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2006-2009
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition,
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
Honors and Awards
Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors for Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2019, 2020
Select Recent Publications
Aulakh S, Ashley S, Haas K, Truong T. Esophageal pH Capsule Retention. ACG Case Rep J. 2020 Jun 23;7(6):e00383. doi:10.14309/crj.0000000000000383. PMID:33062769.
Truong T, Chang L. Irritable Bowel Syndrome section. Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Problems in Women AGA slideset. 2009 June.
Truong TT, Naliboff BD, Chang L. Novel techniques to study visceral hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2008 Aug;10(4):369-78. doi:10.1007/s11894-008-0071-2. PMID:18627648.
Truong T, Chang L. Impact of IBS with Constipation and Chronic Constipation on Women’s Health: Current Concepts and Considerations Medscape Gastroenterology. May 2008 http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/9196
Truong T, Kilpatrick L, Naliboff B, Ornitz E, Gaspar J, Licudine A, Alberto M, Mayer E, Chang L. IBS Patients Learn to Discriminate Contextual Threat Cues Associated with an Aversive Visceral Threat Oral Presentation. Digestive Disease Week, New Orleans. 2010 May 5.
Truong T, Kilpatrick L, Naliboff B, Dandekar S, Papp J, Jarcho J, Gilbert C, Licudine A, Ornitz E, Mayer E, Chang L. COMT 4680 gene polymorphism is associated with altered acoustic startle response modulation in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia- Distinguished Abstract Plenary Oral Presentation. Digestive Disease Week, Chicago IL. 2009 June 1.
Truong T, Kipatrick L, Naliboff B, Dandekar S, Papp J, Jarcho J, Gilbert C, Licudine A, Ornitz E, Mayer E, Chang L. COMT 4680 gene polymorphism is associated with altered acoustic startle response modulation in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia. UCLA CNC Neuroscience Symposium, Los Angeles CA. 2008 - Abstract & Poster.
Truong T, Kilpatrick L, Naliboff B, Hui K, So L, Yu T, Liao B, Adeyemo M, Ornitz E, Mayer E, Chang L. Pain Related Anxiety is Associated with Increased Activation of Central Arousal Circuits in Fibromyalgia. UCLA Department of Medicine Research Symposium, Los Angeles CA. 2008 Oct 4- abstract & poster.
Truong T, Kilpatrick L, Naliboff B, Hui K, So L, Yu T, Liao B, Adeyemo M, Ornitz E, Mayer E, Chang L. Pain Severity and Anxiety are Related to Greater Central Threat Responses in Fibromyalgia: A Somatic Pain & Startle Response Study. UCLA CNC Neuroscience Symposium, Los Angeles CA. 2008 Feb 1 - abstract oral presentation.
Kilpatrick L, Ornitz E, Hubbard C, Twiss C, Triaca V, Arboleda V, Raz S, Rodriguez L, Ibrahimovic H, Liao B, Treanor M, Truong TT, So L, Hui KK, Yu T, Adeyemo M, Craske M, Nazarian M, Mayer EA, Chang L, Naliboff BD. Sensormotor Gating in Functional Pain Disorders. UCLA CNC Neuroscience Symposium, Los Angeles CA. 2008 Feb 1- Abstract & Poster.