Quoc-Anh Thai, MD, is the Assistant Dean for Art of Healing at Alice L. Walton School of Medicine. In this role, he oversees curriculum elements focused on integrating the fine arts and humanities into student experiences and training for topics such as observation skills, medical reasoning, communication, ethics, and fostering therapeutic presence. As a liaison to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a world-class museum that resides on the same campus as the School of Medicine, he works closely with museum staff to integrate the science and art of healing.
Dr. Thai is an academic and clinical neurosurgeon who most recently served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Academic Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Thai has practiced in a broad spectrum of neurosurgical settings including rural solo private practice, integrated community hospital networks, and large tertiary academic universities and trauma centers. He served as the Division Chief of Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery, National Capital Region, and was also an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Thai immigrated to the U.S. from Saigon, Vietnam — an experience that inspired him to pursue a medical career. While at the University of Virginia, he developed an interest in neuroscience and neurosurgery while serving as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute student scholar. Dr. Thai attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery internship, neurosurgery residency, and cerebrovascular research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also served as a chief resident and faculty member. Dr. Thai has continued his professional and graduate studies in the business and management of medicine at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He also studied accountable care health systems at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and financial planning at Rice University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Duke University’s Divinity School.
Dr. Thai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Heis a consultant for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state medical boards, national quality improvement organizations, and medical device start-up companies. His honors include an American Heart Association grant, the Harvey Cushing Neuroscience Research Award from Johns Hopkins University School, and the Michael J. Stanton, MD Surgeon of the Year Award at Johns Hopkins.