Dung Trinh Dung Trinh

Dung Trinh

Position: Physician Investigator

Organization: Irvine Clinical Research


List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Dr. Trinh has been taking care of Alzheimer's patients for over 20 years, since his Internal Medicine residency at Loma Linda. Every time he made a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease he knew there was only one direction the disease would progress,and it was not a good path. Because it was so difficult for him to see his patients through the end stages of this disease, and watch them digress, he made the decision to dedicate his time to take care of Alzheimer's patients through clinical research, education, and bringing awareness on lifestyle activities to reduce risk of Alzheimer's.

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Dr. Trinh was born and raised in Vietnam during the Vietnam War years, he was the oldest of 4 children. He remembers sleeping under his bed at night in fear that the roof of his house would collapse from the fighting outside. When he was 5, living in Saigon at the time, on April 29, 1975 his family was bused to the Saigon Airport. They waited on the tarmac at the airport, when his helicopter arrived he was told to run and get in. He ran in and sat down, he said at that time he felt a sense of hope for the first time in a long time. His chopper flew over the ocean and landed on the USS Midway. The very next day, April 30, 1975 Saigon fell to the communist and the war was lost. Dr. Trinh met his wife of 20 years while he was attending medical school in New York. They now have 2 children.
Dr. Trinh has now been educating his own patients about Alzheimer's for over 10 years, but realized that by the time patients are diagnosed with this condition, they are already in the moderate stage of the disease and it was like trying to stop a fast running train. He realized that he needed to get the message out to a larger population of patients through public lectures, and that the message needed to get out to patients at an earlier stage of the disease and to patients that are at risk for this condition before diagnosis. That is why he goes into the community and educates. If you have an event you want him to speak at about Alzheimer's, call him. He is always willing to educate..and at no charge.
Dr. Trinh has learned that clinical trials is our only hope for finding a better treatment and eventually a cure for Alzheimer's. Our current FDA approved medications for Alzheimer's fall short of stopping, slowing down, or preventing Alzheimer's disease. It is through clinical trials that we learn about what causes this disease as well as the steps to stopping it.
Dr. Trinh is a physician that is 100% worthy of this nomination. His dedication to his research beyond astounding. He is a dedicated doctor, researcher, educator, and family man. That is OUTSTANDING!


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Dung Trinh 2018-07-14 21:30:21 Tim Battenschlag
Tim Battenschlag Voted by Tim Battenschlag    July 14, 2018

My wife has attended Dr. Trinh's lectures on the risk factors for Alzheimers. His volunteer teaching seems to come from a sincere desire to help others avoid this awful disease. My mother, grandmother and aunt have suffered physically, emotionally and financially due to Alzheimers. Dr. Trinh has encouraged and educated my family and given us hope for the future through his involvement in clinical research. In addition to his passion to prevent and find a cure for Alzheimers disease, his compassion extends to people around the world as he generously donates his time and money in frequent medical mission trips.

Dung Trinh 2018-07-13 15:23:16 Melinda Stilwell
Melinda Stilwell Voted by Melinda Stilwell    July 13, 2018

Dr. Trinh is such a blessing! His lectures of Brain Health are amazing and he targets whoever is his audience. He is very personable and has a huge heart.

Dung Trinh 2018-07-10 22:12:40 Roberta Hataway
Roberta Hataway Voted by Roberta Hataway    July 10, 2018

I have attended Dr. Trinh’s lectures, gone to him for medical advice, and have personally seen him serving and attending to various needs of people in several countries. He is hands down the kindest person I have ever met. He has a way of making people feel valued and gives them a sense of purpose. He truly loves investing his time in the lives of others, whether it’s teaching through lectures, giving advice, tending to patients, holding an orphan, bringing food to the homeless, hugging a leper, building a school for children in Vietnam, or empowering youth to embrace their future. Dr. Trinh is not only an amazing asset to reseach and community but he humbly inspires others to go into all the world and tangibly love the least of these.

Dung Trinh 2018-07-10 17:02:05 Jackie Mark
Jackie Mark Voted by Jackie Mark    July 10, 2018

Dr. Trinh is truly a Senior Care Hero, devoting his time and talents to dementia research, education and awareness. And when it comes to something as scary and complicated as Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Trinh knows just what to say to connect with his patients, their families and the community.

Additionally, he is turly a person dedicated to serving the community. Dr. Trinh can be found traveling to other countries, such as Vietnam and Haiti, providing free health care to those in need. We are priveleged to have someone like Dr. Trinh serving our communities.

Dung Trinh 2018-07-10 03:07:29 Cherei McCarter
Cherei McCarter Voted by Cherei McCarter    July 10, 2018

Dr. Trinh is more than a doctor.. he's a REAL healer! Caring about the physical, mental and soul of every person who crosses his path. The world is a better place with him in it! :)