Dr Lam Minh Yen, MD


Dr Yen graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP HCMC) in 1985, and became an infectious diseases specialist in 1989.  She gained an MSc from UMP HCMC in 1998, and an MSc from Flinders University in South Australia in 2001.

Dr Yen has worked with Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) since 1990. She was promoted to the Head of Tetanus ICU (1991), and served as Vice-Director from 2006 – 2016.

Recognised internationally, Dr Yen was named an Australian Alumni Ambassador – one of only 12 selected by the Australian Government from across the global network of more than 2.5 million alumni. She was also awarded a 2017 Flinders University Convocational Medal acknowledging her contribution, leadership in her field, and the advancement of professional practice in the research and treatment of tropical diseases.

Dr Yen’s clinical research interests are wide-ranging, including: clinical research of vaccine-preventable, emerging infectious and also critically ill patients of infectious diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, rabies, influenza, dengue, sepsis…

She is also interested in long term functional improvement of severe patients by rehabilitation and innovation programs. Because of her vast experience in clinical research, Dr Yen is able to organize clinical trials from the beginning, monitor clinical trials, train international and local guidelines, write academic guidelines of infectious diseases, train Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and work in the field with communities (as consultant or trainer).


Dr Yen has more than 24 academic publications. A key selection are listed below:

Thwaites CL, Yen LM, Loan HT, Thuy TT, Thwaites GE, Stepniewska K, Soni N, White NJ, Farrar JJ. Magnesium sulphate for treatment of severe tetanus: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2006 Oct 21; 368(9545):1436-43

Thwaites CL, Yen LM, Glover C, Tuan PQ, Nga NT, Parry J, Loan HT, Bethell D, Day NP, White NJ, Soni N, Farrar JJ. Predicting the clinical outcome of tetanus: the tetanus severity score. Trop Med Int Health. 2006 Mar;11(3):279-87

Thwaites CL, Yen LM, Nga NT, Parry J, Binh NT, Loan HT, Thuy TT, Bethell D, Parry CM, White NJ, Day NP, Farrar JJ. Impact of improved vaccination programme and intensive care facilities on incidence and outcome of tetanus in southern Vietnam, 1993-2002. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2004 Nov;98(11):671-7.

Thwaites CL, Yen LM. Tetanus. Harrisons Principals of Internal Medicine. 20th Edition. Mc Graw Hill. 2018

Lam Minh Yen, Le Minh Dao et al. Role of quinine in the high mortality of intramuscular injection tetanus.  The Lancet, Vol 344, N 8925, page 786 – 787, September, 1994.