David Dao’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Dao, his wife Teresa and their two grandchildren. (Instagram)

David Dao’s removal from a United Airlines flight April 9 caused widespread outrage when videos of the gruesome incident surfaced online.

United staff were asking Dao to exit the plane because they needed crew members to be on the flight — which was booked to capacity — from Chicago to Louisville.

After refusing to exit the plane voluntarily, security officials were called on board and violently pulled Dao from his seat after he refused to voluntarily get off. He was then dragged down the aisle by an official with blood streaming down his face.

As a result of the incident, Dao suffered a concussion, the loss of his two front teeth and a broken nose which will require reconstructive surgery.

On April 13, United issued a new statement expressing their concern for Dao and how the incident played out. The company promised to take “immediate action.”

We continue to express our sincerest apology to Dr. Dao. We cannot stress enough that we remain steadfast in our commitment to make this right.
This horrible situation has provided a harsh learning experience from which we will take immediate, concrete action. We have committed to our customers and our employees that we are going to fix what’s broken so this never happens again. First, we are committing that United will not ask law enforcement officers to remove passengers from our flights unless it is a matter of safety and security. Second, we’ve started a thorough review of policies that govern crew movement, incentivizing volunteers in these situations, how we handle oversold situations and an examination of how we partner with airport authorities and local law enforcement. Third, we will fully review and improve our training programs to ensure our employees are prepared and empowered to put our customers first. Our values – not just systems – will guide everything we do. We’ll communicate the results of our review and the actions we will take by April 30. United CEO Oscar Munoz and the company called Dr. Dao on numerous occasions to express our heartfelt and deepest apologies.

Dao and his wife fled Vietnam in the 1970s to the United States and started a family in California. As the family grew, strong involvement in the medical field proved to be something that was a common interest.

Here’s what you need to know about the Dao family:

1. Of Dao’s 5 Children, 4 Are Doctors

Dao is a practicing doctor in Elizabethtown, Kentucky — 40 miles south of Louisville.
According to Daily Mail, the Dao family has five children, four of whom are doctors in different locations around the United States.

Tim is the oldest child in the family at 34-years old and is a cardiologist in Plano, Texas. The second son is named Ben and he’s 31. Ben is reportedly a medical graduate while their daughter Christine, 33, is a doctor in Durham, North Carolina.

The youngest of the four doctors in the family is Angela, who is 27 and graduated with a medical degree from the University of Kentucky.

The other daughter is Christine’s twin, Crystal. She’s reportedly a married mother who lives in Barrington, Illinois.

2. His Wife, Teresa, Owned a Medical Practice With Him & Is a Pediatrician

David Dao, his grandaughter and his wife, Teresa (Instagram)

Dao had his medical license suspended because of drug convictions in 2003. Before that, however, he and his wife, Teresa, both owned and operated a medical practice in Kentucky for multiple years.

Teresa is a pediatric doctor who graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She has been in the pediatrics field for over 43 years and has treated patients at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.

3. Dao’s Daughter Crystal Spoke at a Press Conference & Called Him a ‘Loving Father’

Dao’s daughter Crystal spoke at a press conference held by his attorneys April 13 and described him as a caring man.

“My father is a wonderful father who have helped raise his five kids,” she said. “He’s a loving grandfather, too, and at the end of the day that’s the person who we are trying to take care of.”

Crystal also used the time at the press conference to say thanks to those around the world who have offered support to the Dao family as they move forward from the incident.

“On behalf of my dad and my family, we’d like to express our gratitude for the huge outpouring of support and prayers we’ve received over the last few days,” she said. “We’d also like to thank the hospital staff that’s taken care of my dad. It’s been a very difficult time for our entire family — especially my dad —
and we are truly grateful for your support.”

The press conference also centered around an impending lawsuit Dao and his lawyers intend to file against United. The suit will reportedly be filed in Cook County Circuit Court due to the incident on the plane taking place in Chicago. A petition has already been filed. To take a look at it, read the document below:

Dao Petition by Jessica McBride on Scribd

The lawsuit will ask the court order that the following be preserved and protected: All surveillance video recordings depicting the boarding of the plane’s passengers on April 9 the day in question.

4. Dao & His Wife Are Refugees From Vietnam

Dao studied at a medical school in Saigon, Vietnam during the 1970s. He was in the Vietnamese military in 1974, but never saw action in the Vietnam War. When Saigon fell, Dao and his wife fled the country on a boat.

Dao eventually fled the country in 1975 when Saigon fell, traveling on a boat. Demetrio said in a press conference that being dragged down the aisle of the United flight “was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam.”

After fleeing Vienam, Dao finished his medical training in California before moving to Indiana in 1980. There, he worked at a prison in Michigan City but quit after one year when an inmate reportedly tried to strangle him with his own stethoscope.

He had his medical license suspended in 2003 and during that time pursued a career in culinary arts from Sullivan University in Kentucky.

Sullou Newspaper 2004 Fall Pg10 (1) by Chris on Scribd

In the above publication, Dao said that he found a passion for making delicious food and staying nutritional because he was sick of “always treating the symptoms” of a poor diet.

5. The Dao Family Has Hired 2 Sets of Lawyers to Pursue the Lawsuit

As part of an impending lawsuit filed against United, Dao and his family have hired two sets of lawyers.

Dao hired corporate law specialist Stephen Golan and personal injury specialist Thomas Demetrio to handle the lawsuit.

According to his biography, Golan has represented companies that exceeded $500 million in sales per year and has a general knowledge in business issues and corporate law. He co-founded Chicago-based Golan Christie Taglia in 1993.

Demetrio is also based in Chicago and was named one of the top 10 lawyers in the nation by the National Law Journal.


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What a great write-up in the Sullivan University Herald!
So David Dao was an excellent student, saved lives in the medical field, gave back to Americans by even helping prisoners for their health & after he was convicted, he turned a bad situation into a learning one and used the opportunity to consciously learn more about nutrition in everyday cooking to help integrate it with medicine. Maybe Jamie Oliver and him should have a cook off!


Why no mention of David Dao’s drugs for gay-sex scandal that got him struck off ?


what does that have to do with the current case … NOTHING … therefore, no mention of it …


Andy. You are such a sub-human scumbag MTF, why are you using something that had no relevancy whatsoever to blame a victim? Are you perfect? Do you also have a long list of troubles? The main difference that set human beings apart from animals is the ability to have sympathy, empathy, and standing up for the what is right (you have none of these! I feel so sorry for you SOB, you parents had wasted their whole lives for such a bastard like you!) You should feel ashame of yourself Andy.

Youre a dickweed

You are a sub-human liberal scumbag POS MTF. Go back to mommies basement.


ThiWell, these are facts you need to know and considering the fact that Dr. Dao cleaned up his act, is praised as a great father and grandfather by his children and still married, that part of his life probably isn’t necessary to convey. He is a doctor that helps people and has created a family that is full of very productive members of American society. Do you think because he has a criminal conviction means he deserved what happened to him?

Unless you’re someone that hates America you would agree that we have a generally fair and just system of punishing unlawful people. When that punishment is served, the people are no longer considered criminals and are given the freedom to do what they want (unless they committed a felony then no voting). Some people serve their time and don’t mind doing it again. Some people, like Dr. Dao, did their time, express remorse for doing wrong (and people are forgiving, because hey, we make mistakes. we’re just human.), and proceed to live a good life.

If you’re implying that someone should be categorized or be known as someone deserving of being unwillingly physically handled, assaulted, and dragged from a place they PAID to be and have every right to be, then you would be more at home in some country like Angola.

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