Hoang Vu, PhD

At the age of 17, Hoang Tien Vu left Vietnam and settled in a refugee camp in Bataan, Philippines. He then immigrated to United States empty-handed with a strong will to pursue the American dream. As the first generation immigrant, he understood the calamity of life. He determined to work hard to better his life, his family, and his community in which he was called to serve with dignity and honor. He received a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Medical Radiation Oncology Physics from Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL. He completed his B.S. in Biochemistry from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. He completed several cancer research fellowships at University of Colorado Health Sciences and University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition, he completed the Minority Medical Education at Yale University.

As a community leader and activist, he was committed to serving more than 30,000 underprivileged and well-intentioned Vietnamese immigrants and refugees in the State of Illinois. His advocacy efforts were well-aligned with Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) core mission. He worked relentlessly to ensure that VAI will thrive in a positive, forward direction and effective leadership. In 2009, he was elected to become VAI’s President of the Board. He was instrumental in leading this agency with 11 board members, 10 staff, 25 volunteers, and 91 homemakers. His long-term vision is to give back to the community and to those who have paved along his future to a successful personal and professional life.

Since 2010, he was appointed by the Mayor Daley to serve on the Asian Advisory Council of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. He was also active member of the Mayor’s Senior Task Force on Well-Being and a certified Illinois State Long Term Care Ombudsmen, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. On October 15, 2010, he solely appeared for a public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals. As a result of his efforts, VAI is officially certified and recognized as the Vietnamese American Community center. In addition, he co-chaired the Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT) initiative in conjunction with the University of Chicago, Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Service, Illinois Department of Human Services, and community-based and faith-based Organizations. This Task Force aims to promote employment opportunities for Asians with Disabilities (AWD) via the Asian Business Sector. He was invited as a presenter at the Department of Children and Family Services Asian American Council's Institute Day.


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