Thanh C Bui, MD, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Thanh C. Bui, MD, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center. Dr. Bui’s main research interest focuses on behavioral interventions that prevent oncogenic sexually-transmitted virus infections, particularly HIV and HPV.

One of his current research projects aims to examine the relationship between tobacco smoking and oral HPV infection, both of which cause oropharyngeal cancers. Other research interests of Dr. Bui include safe-sex behaviors (e.g., condom negotiation and condom use), HPV vaccination, and the application of innovation generation tools to promoting cancer prevention behaviors.

He has extensive experience in working with vulnerable high-risk populations, such as people living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, and people with low socioeconomic status.


Degree-Granting Institutions
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, DrPH, 2010, Health Promotion and Behavorial Sciences, Health Economics, Epidemiology, Global Health
Yale University, School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, MPH, 2006, Global Health
Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, MD, 2002

Postgraduate Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, United States. 2012 - 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for International Training on AIDS Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, United States. 2010 - 2012

Grant Funding:

Completed (past 5 years)

Principal Investigator. Intravaginal practices and HPV/HIV infection in Cambodian female sex workers. Sponsored by UTHealth - Baylor Center for AIDS Research, 2013 Pilot Grants for HIV/AIDS and HIV-Malignancy Research. 8/1/2013 – 12/31/2014.

Principal Investigator. Genital hygiene, oral hygiene, and HPV infection among high-risk Vietnamese women. Sponsored by UTHealth, Center for International Training on AIDS Research; and Margaret McNemara Memorial Fund. 4/1/2013 – 12/31/2013.

Selected Publications:

Bui TC, Tran LT, Thai TN, Shete SS, Vidrine DJ, Sturgis EM. Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Oral Human Papillomavirus Infection With Multiple Genotypes in the United States. Sex Transm Dis. 2017 Mar;44(3):166-172. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000563. PubMed PMID: 28178115.

Bui TC, Thai TN, Tran LT, Shete SS, Ramondetta LM, Basen-Engquist KM. Association Between Vaginal Douching and Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection Among Women in the United States. J Infect Dis. 2016 Nov 1;214(9):1370-1375. Epub 2016 Aug 23. PubMed PMID: 27553042.

Bui TC, Tran LT, Hor LB, Scheurer ME, Vidrine DJ, Markham CM. Intravaginal Practices in Female Sex Workers in Cambodia: A Qualitative Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2016 May;45(4):935-43. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0675-1. Epub 2016 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 26742508; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4821710.

Tran LT, Bui TC, Markham CM, Swartz MD, Tran QM, Nyitray AG, Huynh TT, Hwang LY. Women's communication self-efficacy and expectations of primary male partners' cooperation in sexually transmitted infection treatment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2016 Jan 13;16:28. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2690-0. PubMed PMID: 26758034; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4710979.

Bui TC, Krieger HA, Blumenthal-Barby JS. Framing effects on physicians' judgment and decision making. Psychol Rep. 2015 Oct;117(2):508-22. doi: 10.2466/13.PR0.117c20z0. Epub 2015 Oct 7. PubMed PMID: 26444837.

Bui TC, Tran LT, Markham CM, Huynh TT, Tran LT, Pham VT, Tran QM, Hoang NH, Hwang LY, Sturgis EM. Self-reported oral health, oral hygiene, and oral HPV infection in at-risk women in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2015 Jul;120(1):34-42. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2015.04.004. Epub 2015 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 26093681; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4475846.

Bui TC, Tran LT, Ross MW, Markham CM. Douching practices among female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Mar;26(4):238-42. doi: 10.1177/0956462414533098. Epub 2014 May 8. PubMed PMID: 24810219.

Tran LT, Tran LT, Bui TC, Le DT, Nyitray AG, Markham CM, Swartz MD, Vu-Tran CB, Hwang LY. Risk factors for high-risk and multi-type Human Papillomavirus infections among women in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a cross-sectional study. BMC Womens Health. 2015;15:16. doi: 10.1186/s12905-015-0172-7. Epub 2015 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 25783645; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4339249.

Bui TC, Nyoni JE, Ross MW, Mbwambo J, Markham CM, McCurdy SA. Sexual motivation, sexual transactions and sexual risk behaviors in men who have sex with men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. AIDS Behav. 2014 Dec;18(12):2432-41. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0808-x. PubMed PMID: 24890184; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4229400.

Bui TC, Markham CM, Ross MW, Mullen PD. Examining the association between oral health and oral HPV infection. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2013 Sep;6(9):917-24. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-13-0081. Epub 2013 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 23966202.

Bui TC, Markham CM, Tran LT, Beasley RP, Ross MW. Condom negotiation and use among female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AIDS Behav. 2013 Feb;17(2):612-22. doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0369-9. PubMed PMID: 23196858; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3562386.

Bui TC, Markham CM, Ross MW, Williams ML, Beasley RP, Tran LT, Nguyen HT, Le TN. Dimensions of gender relations and reproductive health inequity perceived by female undergraduate students in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam: a qualitative exploration. Int J Equity Health. 2012 Oct 24;11:63. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-11-63. PubMed PMID: 23095733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3511059.

Bui TC, Markham CM, Ross MW, Williams ML, Beasley RP, Tran LT, Nguyen HT, Le TN. Perceived gender inequality, sexual communication self-efficacy, and sexual behaviour among female undergraduate students in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Sex Health. 2012 Sep;9(4):314-22. doi: 10.1071/SH11067. PubMed PMID: 22877589; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3435105.

Shegog R, Markham CM, Leonard AD, Bui TC, Paul ME. "+CLICK": pilot of a web-based training program to enhance ART adherence among HIV-positive youth. AIDS Care. 2012;24(3):310-8. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2011.608788. Epub 2011 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 21899488.

Bui TC, Diamond PM, Markham C, Ross MW, Nguyen-Le TA, Tran LH. Gender relations and sexual communication among female students in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam. Cult Health Sex. 2010 Aug;12(6):591-601. doi: 10.1080/13691050902968769. PubMed PMID: 19499393; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3099437.