Dong An Quach, MD
I speak: English, Vietnamese
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page. I wish to take this opportunity to share with you some information about myself.
I came to this country as a refugee. I got my first job in the best hospital in Houston, Texas, where as an orderly I saw one of the most renowned surgeons making rounds with his fellows, residents, and medical students. The scene of this group of doctors, in white coats, taking care of sick patients really motivated me to go back to medical school. I soon left that job to find other odd jobs with more flexible schedules which allowed me to have some time to study. A few years of hard work paid off when I got accepted to UC Irvine. The desire to learn as much as I could about diseases, especially blood diseases, led me to further training in pathology, hematopathology, and transfusion medicine.
About my practice
As a pathologist, I don't have much contact with patients. I miss this a great deal. However, I have a lot of communication with colleagues who call me frequently to discuss unusual diagnoses, to ask for my opinion regarding the diagnosis and treatment of certain blood disorders, and to tell me how much they and their patients appreciate our prompt service. I sometimes feel a sense of awe thinking that almost all serious diagnoses in our hospital originate from my department in some manner. This makes me feel very honored that I could make a significant impact on patient care through my clinical colleagues.
How I thrive
I strongly believe that to enjoy life to the fullest one has to have a physically fit body and a peaceful and clear mind. I try my best to practice what I believe daily. I exercise daily in the morning and late at night. I love reading history books when listening to Beethoven and Chopin in the evening after dinner. My wife and I walk at least twice a week. We swim when the weather and our schedule allow us to do so. And we eat mostly vegetables. We hope we will stay healthy long into our retirement.