Get to Know Vascular Surgeon Dr. Hao Pham

December 18, 2018

Why did you want to become a Vascular Surgeon? 

When I was a medical student at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, TN, I was allowed to be in the operating room when a vascular surgeon used a balloon to open up a blood vessel in a patient’s leg.  Immediately, the patient reported the pain was gone and he was able to walk again.  This experience left a lasting impression, and from then on I wanted the privilege to relieve people’s pain and suffering.  That’s why I want to be a vascular surgeon: and I am still humbled to have the privilege to do that today.

Where did you go to medical school? 

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee.

What are you most proud of? 

My family: my kids are such a blessing in all the joys and frustration that they bring, and my wife inspires me to be better every day.  I am also very proud of the office staff.  Kim and Tina show incredible compassion, understanding, and patience in everything that they do in order to take excellent care of our patients.   

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

Going hiking and exploring our region’s natural beauty with my family.  A few of our favorite spots, in no particular order: The Pinnacle in Lebanon, Cascades Falls in Giles County, Mountain Lake in Giles County, Roan Mountain in Tennessee/North Carolina, Buffalo Mountain in Johnson City, the Beauty Spot in Irwin, Tennessee.  I am always looking for more recommendations of natural spots to explore.

What are the most common conditions you treat?

Diseases of the aorta, carotid artery disease, disease of the blood vessels of the arms and legs, disease of the veins and lymphatics, access for dialysis, those are some common conditions that I treat.  

Why did you choose to work in Southwest Virginia? 

Because this region is home.  I have lived in Johnson City for ten years, my wife’s family is in Meadowview, Virginia, my mother in law teaches at Southwest Virginia Community College.  In addition, my family lives in Johnson City and Knoxville.  Family is very important to us and we are blessed to be back amongst our mountains and our families.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I enjoy fixing cars and working on various projects around the house.  It keeps my hands nimble and my mind sharp.  I hope to learn how to fly-fish in the future.

Who is your favorite sports team? 

ETSU, go Bucs! 

What local restaurants do you enjoy? 

My family and I enjoy the Bearded Moose, Bellacino’s, Red Flower and Burrito Loco.  We also enjoy a Whopper for lunch once in a while, and the pies at McDonald’s as a special dessert.  We look forward to trying out more local places and always are open to suggestions.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Here at CVMC serving the patients of this region and helping to alleviate the burden of vascular disease in our community.