Face of Family Health
Dr. Truc Dinh grew up in a large family. As the second-to-youngest of nine children, Dr. Truc has always appreciated building relationships and upholding family values. Now, she considers pediatrics her home, and she is excited to build those relationships with her patients and their families at Ochsner. Children always bring her joy and she especially loves their positive, carefree attitudes. Not only does she take extra time to care for the little ones, but she also makes sure the children’s parents are comfortable, too. “I love meeting new patients,” she says. “I feel like another part of pediatrics is being able to relate to the parents and validate any concerns they may have.”
Dr. Truc completed her undergraduate degree at Xavier University before attending medical school at Howard University. She came back to Louisiana and trained for her pediatric residency at Our Lady of the Lake here in Baton Rouge, and she has been a pediatrician at Ochsner since October 2020. Anyone that knows her also knows she has a radiant personality, but she never realized the impact her positivity has on her patients until she started her residency. One of Dr. Truc’s fondest memories was when a parent wrote a letter to the program directors of her residency about how she made their three-year-old feel more at ease during a time in which the child underwent extreme treatment. This memory serves as a solid reminder for her about how rewarding it is to be a pediatrician.
Dr. Truc is excited that the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is available for children ages five and up and would recommend it to her patients. She noted the pandemic has severely impacted the younger generation in ways we do not always see, such as in mental health and academics. She says the vaccine is an opportunity for us to get out of this pandemic and protect kids and adults as well.