Sophia T. A. Tran, MD
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I speak: English, Vietnamese
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Saigon and moved to the U.S. with my family at the age of eight. I went to high school in California, undergraduate school at Brown University in Rhode Island, and medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland. I did an internal medicine internship at University of California, San Francisco Fresno, a residency in the same field at Oregon Health & Science University, and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of California, Irvine. I’m now board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease. When I vacationed in Hawaii during college, I fell in love with the islands. Living here is a dream come true.
About my practice
Being a doctor in infectious disease is another dream come true for me. As a child in a refugee camp in Malaysia, a young doctor saved my life when I was dying of dysentery. Since then, I’ve always hoped to be able to do for others what that young doctor did for me so long ago. Working in this field is one way I can show my gratitude to him and to others who help those in need. I also serve as a volunteer consultant in infection control for Afshar Hospital in Afghanistan with Alliance for Medical Outreach & Relief, and I help coordinate fundraising for the Syrian American Medical Society to assist refugees.
The field of infectious disease is exciting to me because it’s practiced at the forefront of science and technology, continually looking for the fine balance between the lives of humans and microbes.
To stay current in my profession, I subscribe to the New England Journal of Medicine, use online resources, attend medical conferences, participate in continuing education programs, and confer with colleagues on unusual cases. My affiliations with the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Medical Association also give me access to the latest information in my field.
The warm leadership and welcoming group of infectious disease physicians here made me believe that Hawaii Permanente Medical Group would be a wonderful place to work, and that has proven to be the case. I appreciate the great support staff and modern facilities and systems at Kaiser Permanente, as they allow me to focus on delivering the best care to my patients.
My philosophy of care is to approach each patient with compassion and respect. I believe in getting to know a patient not just as someone with an illness, but as someone's loved one with a role to play in the community, whether as a teacher, engineer, or chef. This helps me to better understand my patients as individuals with unique needs and goals.
How I thrive
To stay healthy, I practice yoga and swim in the ocean. I also enjoy oil painting, take pottery classes, read mystery novels, and study religion and philosophy.