Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Mai Nguyen-Huynh, MD


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My fascination with the working of the human brain began in eighth grade and I knew in high school I would become a neurologist someday.

I studied Biochemistry at Harvard College before entering medical school at Stanford and fell in love with the Bay Area. I returned to Harvard to do my internship and neurology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Massachusetts General Hospital. I got married in Boston and we came back to the Bay Area to settle down.

I completed a stroke fellowship and also obtained my Master's in Clinical Research at the University of California, San Francisco. I worked at UCSF for 8 years and served as the Director of Stroke Fellowship and the Director of UCSF Primary Stroke Center prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2011. I remain on UCSF faculty as an Assistant Professor of Neurology.

Being involved with the community is also important to me. Therefore, I am an active volunteer for the American Heart Association. I am a member of the AHA Stroke Council, a member of the AHA Health Equity Group, and vice-chair of the Ethnic and Minority Committee.

Aside from my work, I love to travel, to be outdoors and to spend time with my family.

Roles and Responsibilities

Clinically, I specialize in neurovascular disorders including stroke/TIA, large artery atherosclerotic disease, aneurysm, and vascular malformation. Besides being a stroke neurologist, I also serve as the co-Local Research Chair at Walnut Creek. In addition, I spend a significant part of my time doing clinical research at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in areas of acute management of patients with TIA, diagnosis and management of intracranial arterial stenosis, and the effect of race-ethnicity on stroke risk factors and outcomes.

For me, being a physician and a researcher is the perfect combination. It allows me to play an active role in advancing the science of medicine as well as be a translator of medical research. I believe strongly in applying evidence-based medicine to my everyday patient care. I believe in the potential of science and technology to improve health, although we may not always have the answers. As your physician, I look forward to working together with you and your families to optimize your stroke care and prevention.

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."


Medical EducationStanford University School of Medicine,
Palo Alto, CA
InternshipBrigham and Womens Hospital,
Boston, MA
ResidencyHarvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, MA
FellowshipUC San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA
Board CertificationNeurology,
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board CertificationVascular Neurology,
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Hospital Admitting PrivilegesThis physician's practice does not require hospital admitting privileges
License Type
State of Issue
Doctor of Medicine
08/31/2019 00:00:00

Other Information

Accepting New Patients StatusAccepting new patients, referral may be required
Languages SpokenEnglish, Vietnamese
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
National Provider Identifier1043232465
Plan AffiliationProviders listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.
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  • 2017 Sidney R. Garfield Exceptional Contribution Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Heart Association  
  • American Academy of Neurology  
  • University of California San Francisco

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